ABBA : The Movie – Movie detailing ABBA’s mega-successful tour of Australia during mid-1977. While it mostly contains back-stage footage and as well as ABBA’s famous songs such as “Dancing Queen”, “Tiger”, “Name Of The Game” and “Eagle” among others sung filmed during their concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, it has the sub-plot of young country and western radio disc-jockey, Ashley, whose boss orders him to have a deep interview with ABBA and the problems he has trying to reach them as he forgets his press pass and ABBA’s main bodyguard, (Tom Oliver) is determined to stop him…
ABBA : The Movie – Rare chance to see a supergroup in their prime – but for fans only.
A journalist chases the Swedish supergroup Abba across Australia hoping to deliver a career saving interview to his boss.
Forget what I have just written, it isn’t important. It is just an excuse to see a group about their work and learn just a little about their lives and personalities. The stress being on the word “little.”
The setting of Australia is interesting because the group were about as big in Oz as any group has ever been anywhere at anytime – and I include the Beatles in that. They just had the widest fan base of any group I have seen. They closed whole cities centres down with people just wanting to see them no matter hear them play!
(For this reason alone we should be grateful that it is not just an in-concert film.)
Pop music is not known for its longevity, but lots of the material here is not only brilliant, but perfectly performed and eternal. Although I am almost fighting myself in saying it, they perfected the three minute pop song. When they burst in to Dancing Queen it sends a shiver down your spine – the girls voices just compliment each other so well that it is frightening. Agnetha and Frieda sing like a choir of angels – and yet there is only two of them!
Sadly they are not around anymore (as a group) and there is nothing to replace them. I loved everything about them from their naff 1970’s satin clothes (for newcomers, they were even a joke at the time!) to their second language English which leads to bizarre grammatical errors (“for twenty years I have not seen you with a rifle in your hands(!)”). I feel for the kids today, there is nothing as good as this around. Watch this movie to see what a brilliant little pop music product they were.