ABBA: The Movie

Synopsis: 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...
Director(s): Lasse Hallström
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
95 min

ABBA - The Movie

Good morning! It's one minute to five,

and it's a beautiful day.

It's time for me to go.

Catch you tomorrow night.

From midnight till dawn, with the latest

and greatest in country music.

All you truck-drivers, late-nighters

and early risers - remember:

What you see is what you get.

This is Ashley Wallace...

Thanks for keeping me company.

ABBA - the hottest property

on the pop scene.

They sell sixty million records

around the world.


- Yep. How does this grab you:

"Radio 2TW will present, on the night

of their departure from these shores"-

- "a two hour ABBA radio special.

For the first time"-

- "your favourite country

and western host turns ace reporter."

That's really not my bag, is it?

Come on, it's a good challenge.

Take it!

We want ABBA!

I know it's a rush, but I want it

on air 7.30 the night they leave.

That gives you one week.

What about Lenny?

I mean, Lenny handles the pop scene.

Lenny's not on. He's too slick,

he's too superficial.

I want an exclusive, in-depth interview

with the people themselves.

ABBA, the people. The real people.

We want ABBA!

I want an interview.

I want a gut-level dialogue.

An exclusive, gut-level... dialogue.

You know what I mean?

You don't want me to interview...

You don't want me to interview them?

- You want me to just have a chat?

- Come on. You know what I mean.

Yeah... But...

Get inside their heads. I don't want

to know what they have for breakfast.

I want to know what they think,

what they feel, what they fear...

- What they hate!

- Sure. Right. I understand.

We want ABBA!

Listen... The pop scene's

never been touched like this before.


We want ABBA!

I mean... It's a good idea.

I mean, about not sort of

being an interview.

A slice of life. Got me?

We want ABBA!

Good on you, Ash, my boy.

Your deadline's the night that ABBA

departs these shores.

- 7.30 tonight week.

- Right. Okay. Good.


Go - right.

We want ABBA!

Are you sure you want me

to do this documentary?

Don't use that word.

It's not a documentary, it's an event!

This is going to be worldwide.

We want ABBA! We want ABBA!

We want ABBA! We want ABBA!

We want ABBA! We want ABBA!

Lots of cameras around.

What do you want us to do?

- What's all this?

- I don't know.


A little wave.

Excuse me, pal... Do you know

what time ABBA are arriving?

- 9 o'clock, I think.

- Where are they coming through?

I really don't know.

You all right?

All right... See you!

Excuse me,

what time are ABBA coming through?

- They've gone out the back door.

- The back door?

But I have to interview them.

You'll just have to wait

for the press conference, won't you?

- It's on in half an hour.

- Do you know where?

ABBA wishes to thank

their supporters for coming-

- and are sorry they cannot see them.

- I'd like to rent a car, please.

- Do you have a reservation?

No, I don't, but... just any car.

Any car, as long as it's fast.

And now we take you back

to the ABBA press conference.

Here they are - ABBA.

They've finally hit Australia

for their long-awaited tour.

- What?!

- ABBA, the pop group.

- Do you know where they're staying?

- Who?

The pop group - ABBA.

Do you know where they're staying?

Any performer gets very nervous

before going on stage.

Do you still go through that traumatic

experience before you go on stage?

Every show

is a bit nervous before you...

You think you have a good performance-

- because you had

a good audience the day before.

But going from Amsterdam to London-

- or from London to Sydney,

is such a difference.

I'd hate the sound

of 30,000 people booing.

Excuse me,

is this the right jam for King's Cross?

- No, it's back that way.

- Thanks.

I think the travelling

is very very hard.

Come on!

One day when I woke up

during our European tour...

...I started to think "Where am I?

In which city?" And it's terrible.

I think that it's a bit

of an asocial life on tour.

You just eat, sleep, go on stage,

and nothing more.

And it kills creativity

in a way that I don't like.

It's boring to travel, but it's

fantastic to be on stage. I love that.

- Move!

- The biggest pop group ever...

The groups arrival in Australia has been

accompanied by a blaze of publicity.

According to the promoters

They are bigger than The Beatles.

And with an entourage of 105 people-

- they are almost twice as big

as The Rolling Stones concert.

While they are here theyll perform

eleven concerts in ten days-

- to a nest, mated 140000 people.

ABBA are obviously very big business-

- and the organizers

are treating them like royalty.

Theyve even arranged a civic reception

for them in Melbourne.

Do you take drugs or alcohol,

or anything like that?

- No drugs.

- You're clean?

No, not clean,

but we don't take any drugs.

The four of you admit

that you are now millionaires.

Are you worried that you make money

faster than you can spend it?

No. It's a lot of money coming in,

but there's a lot of tax to pay-

- if you're a Swedish citizen,

which is fair. But still, it's...

It's a matter of hard work,

and the money isn't that important.

Really, it's more a matter of pleasing

yourselves in what you're doing.

We can't do anything else

in the future-

- than trying to keep ourselves happy

in our work.

I' d like to direct a couple

of questions to Agnetha if I may...

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Robert Caswell

Robert Caswell (13 July 1946 – 29 October 2006) was an Australian screenwriter of films and television. In the 1970s and early 1980s he was one of the leading writers in Australian television. After the success of Evil Angels, for which he received an Oscar nomination, he moved to Hollywood and became a leading "script doctor". more…

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