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Mamma Mia! (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 18 July 2008 (USA)
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The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.

Director:

Phyllida Lloyd

Writers:

Catherine Johnson (screenplay), Catherine Johnson (musical book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Seyfried ... Sophie
Stellan Skarsgård ... Bill
Pierce Brosnan ... Sam
Nancy Baldwin Nancy Baldwin ... Sam's PA
Colin Firth ... Harry
Heather Emmanuel ... Harry's Housekeeper
Colin Davis Colin Davis ... Harry's Driver
Rachel McDowall ... Lisa
Ashley Lilley Ashley Lilley ... Ali
Meryl Streep ... Donna
Julie Walters ... Rosie
Christine Baranski ... Tanya
Ricardo Montez ... Stavros
Mia Soteriou ... Arina
Enzo Squillino Jr. Enzo Squillino Jr. ... Gregoris
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Storyline

Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya. Written by jojo.acapulco@gmail.com

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The only missing from Sophie's wedding is the father of the bride...whichever one he is. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sex-related comments | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

USA | UK | Germany

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

18 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mamma Mia! The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Volos, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,594,058 (United Kingdom), 13 July 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,751,240, 20 July 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$144,130,063

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$609,841,637
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The stage play first opened in London on April, 6th, 1999, at the Prince Edward theater. Its North American debut was May 23rd, 2000, at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre. The original Toronto cast then started Mamma Mia!'s pre-Broadway tour in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. During the Chicago performances, Louise Pitre and Tina Maddigan were invited to play their same roles in the original Broadway cast. The Broadway opening, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, was October 18th, 2001, at the Winter Garden Theater, the former home of "Cats". The play was nominated by the 2002 Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book; Pitre was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical. By January 2010, the play had exceeded forty-seven hundred performances on Broadway, and is the tenth longest running Boardway show ever (February, 2013). As of April 2007, Mamma Mia! has open productions in: New York City, London, Las Vegas, Madrid, Moscow, Stuttgart, Fukuoka, Gothenburg, and Essen. The U.S. and International touring companies have performed in cities all over the globe, including Melbourne, Australia, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Copenhagen and Horsens, Denmark. According to "Variety", the play's original producer and writer "were broke when they first tried to put the show together, and were even snubbed by the Swedish pop group whose music formed the basis for the show. They are now two of the wealthiest women in England." See more »

Goofs

When talking about Sophie getting married Sam tells Donna that he has two grown children. Even if he married their mother shortly after he left and she got pregnant right away his kids wouldn't be grown. Minimum the oldest would be 18-19 since Sophie is 20. See more »

Quotes

Sam Carmichael: Am I getting this right? Sophie may be mine, but she may be Bill's or Harry's?
Donna: Yeah. Yes! That's right. And don't get all self-righteous with me, because you have no one but yourself to blame!
Sophie: Yeah, if you hadn't just dumped my mother and gone off and married somebody else...
Sam Carmichael: Hey, hey, wait a minute. I had to go home. I was engaged. But I told Lorraine I couldn't marry her and I came right back!
Donna: You... you... Why didn't you call me?
Sam Carmichael: Because I was crazy enough to think that you would be waiting ...
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Crazy Credits

After the final scene of the movie Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Julie Walters appear on a sound stage in matching 1970s glam-rock costumes and sing "Dancing Queen". When they finish Meryl 'asks' the audience if they want an encore. The three ladies are then joined by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard who are similarly attired. Along with Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper, they provide a rendition of "Waterloo" as the main credits roll. See more »

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Starting August 29, 2008, it was released in select theaters under "Mamma Mia! The Sing-Along Edition". Like Hairspray, the film was released in theaters with the lyrics at the bottom of the screen for audience participation. See more »

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Dancing Queen
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Performed by Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski
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Here we go again ...
1 July 2008 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

Mamma Mia! Does the mention of anything Abba-ish send you cringing to a corner? Or are you already joining in and dancing on the tabletops? Maybe another few drinks . . .

In short, if you are not allergic to Abba, book your tickets now. If you are, why would you be reading this? At a pinch, it is worth seeing for Meryl Streep alone, who not only throws herself headlong into every refrain with unashamed gusto, but adds a touch of class and nuance to what otherwise could be a one-dimensional adaptation. Streep vacillates engagingly between playing herself and not taking herself too seriously. Pierce Brosnan just about keeps up, and manages more expressions than he ever did as James Bond. Colin Firth and Julie Waters trail behind somewhat. Yet Mama Mia! is a roller coaster of emotion, careering colourfully from the blue waters of the Adriatic, bursting 'like Aphrodite's Fountain' into the lives of Donna (Meryl) , her lovers and friends, and her soon-to-be-wed daughter. It is the party spirit that says kick your shoes off and sing silly cheesy songs. Altogether now.

And yes – there's a story. Donna's daughter Sophie is getting married. To the buff-looking Sky. Only – where's her dad? She's never met him. A sneak-peek at Mom's diary shows Mom had three lovers before Sophie was born and Sophie secretly invites all of them. This is a film of threesomes. Three past lovers (Sam, Bill and Harry). Three close friends (Donna and two best pals). And, not to be outdone, Sophie meets up with two other young girls at the start of the film.

The breakneck pace still allows for brilliantly put together shots. Like Streep doing a 'Titanic' with drapes blowing in the wind. Or a pier-load of young hunky stag night crew doing a dance in trunks and deep-dive flippers. Moonlit boats and beaches to "I Have a Dream." Filmed on location, the views won't disappoint. And like a favourite song whose ending we know, the drama is in the details and execution.

As with many adapted-from-stage musicals, two young leads are played by talented singers, and the older parts by serious actors can sing well enough. Streep manages extremely well. Her performance is so professional and assured it leaves others standing. Fortunately, it is perhaps easy to paper over any cracks in musical comedy. Sweeney Todd relied heavily on Depp's charisma and stunning cinematography. Across the Universe, too heavily on the songs. Mamma Mia!, on the other hand, simply tailors everything to its joyous headlong rush. The songs fit naturally to the action. Streep even manages to sing them with her tongue firmly in cheek. She confesses to having been a "stupid reckless little slut" but then says she "grew up". (To which her pals chime in, "Well grow back down again!") The film is not without faults. There is a notable lack of chemistry between the people that throw themselves rapturously against each others' faces. Even Streep looks less than convincing in a brief lips-mash. And the men are a bit croaky in the singing department (Hugh Grant might even have been a preferable casting choice). And some of the time-line is wobbly. For instance, strange as it may seem, music from more than twenty years ago does not all come from the same era. So reminiscing about flower power (early sixties) in the same breath as a Johnny Rotten t-shirt (Sex Pistols, mid-late seventies) is either anachronistic or wishful thinking.

Sadly, I am of a generation that can remember Abba-mania. The records would shoot to number one. Yet even then few people would admit to buying them. I used to manage a night club, and Abba was great music to ask a girl up to dance. My entire chat-up repertoire at that time consisted of, "Would you like to dance?" and "Do you want to come back for a coffee?" But girls would be so happy dancing to Mamma Mia they'd say yes anyway. I'd fall in love with a new girl each week. Ah, those were the days! Now there's a new generation of Abba fans who have no need to 'come out of a closet'. Abba is retro-chique. Even Madonna segued an Abba riff into one of her songs. From karaoke to hen nights. From '70s' nights to gay dance-floors. Dress up. Camp it up. Sing it up. Get sassy and cheesy. Or, if you're old enough to remember, fly back in time to wonderful memories.

Mamma Mia!, whatever detractors might say, has been one of the most successful stage shows of recent times. Supported by the same director and original band members, the movie may well reach the similar fan bases. Or just the party spirit in all of us.


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