ABBA: The Movie

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ABBA, the spirited Swedish pop-singing group who skyrocketed to fame with their 1974 single "Waterloo," star in this loosely constructed vehicle. The story involves the efforts of a diligent DJ to secure an interview with the group while they're on tour in Australia. Eighteen of ABBA's hits are heard on the soundtrack and seen in grainy 16 mm concert footage, shot in March 1977. ABBA: The Movie was thus filmed some five years prior to the group's breakup. The film's director was Sweden's Lasse Hallström, who later gained infamy for his arthouse success My Life as a Dog (1985). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Critic Reviews for ABBA: The Movie

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  • Hallstrom creates such a giddy environment of interviews and stage domination, it easy to get sucked into the touring whirlwind and appreciate this special moment in the history of a legendary group.

    Nov 12, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Ah, Lou Carpenter...

    Jul 16, 2007 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for ABBA: The Movie

  • Jul 10, 2014
    Live footage of ABBA is extremely rare - basically, you've got this and you've got the documentary <i>Abba In Concert</i> and that's it for official releases. The performance on here is stellar and amounts to about 12 songs and it's easy to see why they were such a sensation, this movie captures them performing in front of probably their most rabid fans, the Australians who really launched their career after the rest of the world saw them as another Eurovision 1-hit wonder. The connecting material of a journalist trying to get an interview with the band is exceptionally lame and you'll never want to see it more than once, but the footage of the band performing "S.O.S.", "I've Been Waiting For You", ""Tiger", "Dancing Queen", and "So Long" with such gusto makes it worth the endurance.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2011
    This legendary pop film follows Swedish super group ABBA on a very successful tour of Australia, showing all the magic and excitement of one of the top live acts in the world. The hit singles include 'Waterloo', 'Mamma Mia', 'Dancing Queen', 'Fernando', 'Take A Chance On Me' and 'Thank You For The Music.' A movie detailing ABBA's mega-successful tour of Australia during mid-1977. It contains unseen back-stage footage as well as ABBA's famous songs such as "Dancing Queen", "Tiger", "Name Of The Game" and "Eagle" filmed during their concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. The film has the sub-plot of a young country and western radio disc-jockey, Ashley, whose boss orders him to have an depth interview with ABBA. He has tremendous problems trying to reach the band as he forgets his press pass and ABBA's main bodyguard is determined to stop him...
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2007
    Light-hearted Aussie comic romp. Good concert footage, but it felt like their footage was simply intercut with the framing story of the reporter trying to get an interview with them, chasing them all over Australia. If you love ABBA, you'll love this movie. I was surprised how many young fans they had. If you're not an ABBA fan, I wouldn't expect this movie to hook you to their tunes.
    Lafe F Super Reviewer

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