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  • It set a new mark for the biggest weekend premiere for a movie musical with 27.6 million dollars. The former record holder was Hairspray (2007).
  • Meryl Streep went to Stockholm, Sweden to record her vocal for the song "The Winner Takes it All." She finished it in one take. Benny Andersson, former ABBA member and co-composer of the songs, called Streep "a miracle."
  • (Cameo) Björn Ulvaeus: Composer and Executive Producer is dressed as a Greek god during the closing credits sequence.
  • Early in pre-production, the producers suggested including a newly-written original song, to qualify for the Academy Awards' Original Song Category. Former ABBA members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus refused. Andersson composed some additional music, but the film was ineligible for the Original Song category, because all songs were already published.
  • Phyllida Lloyd also directed the original Broadway play.
  • The beginning of "Super Trouper" is sung live, a cappella, by the three actresses.
  • Pierce Brosnan had no idea what the project was about when he signed on. The producers told him it was being filmed in Greece, and Meryl Streep was starring. Brosnan said he would've signed on for anything involving Streep, describing her as "that gorgeous blonde I fancied terribly in Drama School."
  • 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."
  • Dawn French was originally cast as Rosie. After the creators described her character as "the fat, funny one," and the Musical Director was clearly not impressed with her singing, she declined the role. In her autobiography "Dear Fatty," Dawn said that she is a fan of ABBA, but she is not a fan of "Mamma Mia!" She only originally agreed to do the film because Meryl Streep was starring.
  • Bill Anderson's boat flies the flag of Sweden, native country of ABBA and Stellan Skarsgård.
  • (Cameo) Benny Andersson: Playing piano during the "Dancing Queen" sequence.
  • An undercurrent of the film is to structure the story as a Greek comedy (like Aristophanes), including patterns of strophe and anti-strophe, a chorus representing the common people, and costumes matched to moods of the characters, including masks and the phallic props typical of Greek comedy.
  • At the start of the "Dancing Queen" scene, the picture on Meryl Streep's bedroom mirror is Amanda Seyfried's professional head shot. At the end of "Our Last Summer," Donna is holding a collection of photos, including a baby picture of Seyfried.
  • In December 2008, this movie became the highest grossing film of all time in the UK, smashing the previous record set by Titanic (1997). Avatar (2009) has beaten that record.
  • Meryl Streep first saw the musical in October 2001 with her daughter Louisa, and her daughter's friends in Manhattan. Streep wrote to the producers to praise them for bringing a little happiness and fun to the lives of New York City's people following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • All of the songs were re-orchestrated for the film version, differing from the stage version and their original arrangements. "Under Attack," "One of Us," and "Knowing Me, Knowing You" were removed from the script. "The Name of the Game" was filmed, but removed from the final cut, and included as an extra on the DVD release. "Thank You for the Music" plays over the closing credits. "When All is Said and Done" was never part of the stage show. Donna hums a few bars of "Fernando," one of ABBA's biggest hits, as she walks into the old goat house while the fathers are hiding upstairs. The song is about war, and the writers couldn't find a way to fit it into the story.
  • The cast members performed their own singing.
  • Mandy Moore, Amanda Bynes, Rachel McAdams, and Emmy Rossum were all considered for the part of Sophie. Olivia Newton-John and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered for the part of Donna. Bill Nighy was considered for one of the "father" parts.
  • According to Meryl Streep, Julie Walters injured herself while filming the "Dancing Queen" musical sequence, by tripping over some rocks on a cobbled street, but "soldiered on" to finished the scene.
  • The first film shot on the new 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios, following a fire after Casino Royale (2006) wrapped. The new fifty-nine thousand square foot stage was used for song and dance numbers that could not be filmed in the sun in Greece.
  • Stellan Skarsgård on why he flashed his behind: "We decided I should be cooking on the boat. I thought I should have an apron on. The director (Phyllida Lloyd) did not know I would be naked under there, and have those butt tattoos. So when the camera rolled, I turned around right in front of it. The cameraman jumped and screamed, while Phyllida keeled over laughing."
  • Several night scenes, including "I Have A Dream," were shot during the day, then edited in post-production.
  • The "Slipping Through My Fingers" scene includes a short clip of Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried laughing. According to Phyllida Lloyd, the crew blasted heavy metal music to get the pair to laugh so much.
  • When the stage show was performed in Edinburgh, the male dancers included a "Highland Fling" in "Lay All Your Love On Me". In the film, one dancer performs the same steps during the song.
  • Cher was offered the role of Tanya. On Episode #19.42 (2010) she said she had to decline the role due to concert tour commitments. She later signed on to be in the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), playing the character Ruby Sheridan.
  • (Cameo) Rita Wilson: The Executive Producer is dressed as a Greek goddess during the closing credits sequence.
  • Chris Klein auditioned for the role of Sky.
  • Donny Osmond was considered for the role of Sam.
  • Colin Firth parodies the catchphrase of James Bond by saying "I'm Bright, Harry Bright," when he is standing next to Pierce Brosnan who played Bond in four films. Firth later starred in the spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).
  • In the original stage musical, the character of Bill Austin was Australian. This paid homage to ABBA's enormous popularity in Australia. For the film, Bill Anderson was Swedish, like Stellan Skarsgård who plays him.
  • The movie takes place in Greece, is based on Swedish music, has a title in Italian, and is played in English.
  • Dominic Cooper, who played Sky opposite former James Bond Pierce Brosnan in this movie, played Ian Fleming, the creator of the James Bond stories, in Fleming (2014).
  • Stellan Skarsgård (Bill) is the only one from Sweden, just like three of the members of ABBA. The fourth member is from Norway.
  • The plot of "Mamma Mia" was previously used in the film Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968), starring Gina Lollobrigida.
  • Using the actors' and actress' real ages, When Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) was born, Donna (Meryl Streep) would be thirty-six, Bill (Stellan Skarsgård) - thirty-four, Sam (Pierce Brosnan) - thirty-two, and Harry (Colin Firth) - twenty-five.
  • The title font is the same one used by Nirvana their album covers.
  • Stellan Skarsgård plays a character named Bill in the film. This is the name of one of his sons in real-life (Bill Skarsgård).
  • Colin Firth (Harry) used to play guitar in a band.
  • "Voulez-Vous" means "Do you want?" in French.
  • Rachel McAdams was considered for the role of Sophie.
  • Pierce Brosnan plays Sam Carmichael. In real-life, his mom married Bill Carmichael.
  • On May 19, 2017, Universal Pictures announced a sequel set to premiere on July 20, 2018. Ol Parker, of "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)," serves as writer and director.
  • As of July 2018, this is Meryl Streep's biggest box office hit.
  • In common with her character of Tanya, Christine Baranski has had extensive cosmetic surgery.
  • The roles of the two girlfriends who show up for the wedding, Lisa and Ali, are totally extraneous. They have nothing to do with the plot of the film.
  • One of Colin Firth's favorite films.
  • Meryl Streep (Donna) and Julie Walters (Rosie) were nominated in the Best Actress category at the 1984 Academy Awards. Streep was nominated for Silkwood (1983) and Walters for Educating Rita (1983). The award was given to Shirley MacLaine for Terms of Endearment (1983).
  • At exactly 59:28 in the movie, the room that contains Donna (Meryl Streep), Rosie (Julie Walters), & Tanya (Christine Baranski) is the exact same room Ali (Ashley Lilley), Lisa (Rachel McDowall) & Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) are in the scene. They just have different furniture to make it seem as if they're different rooms.
  • In November 2004, the first announcement of a film adaptation was made. By the time, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley and Antonio Banderas were rumored for roles.
  • Dominic Cooper and Stellan Skarsgard, who are in the film went on to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Cooper, would play young Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Skarsgard, would play Dr. Erik Selvig in Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
  • The music that Sophie walks into the church to is 'Knowing Me, Knowing You', which later goes on the be sung by Lily James in Mamma Mia Here We Go Again (2018)

Spoilers

  • The song played as an instrumental at the beginning of the wedding is "Knowing Me, Knowing You". This song is about divorce, so it is completely inappropriate for a wedding ("Knowing me, knowing you, there is nothing we can do. Knowing me, knowing you, we just have to face it this time we're through. Breaking up is never easy, I know but I have to go").
  • While the film heavily implies, but never explicitly reveals, who Sophie (Amanda Seyfried)'s real father is, there is a semi-official answer. According to Writer Catherine Johnson and Director Phyllida Lloyd, Sophie's real father is Bill (Stellan Skarsgård), a Swede. Bill's character was Australian in the original stage production, but in the film, is a Swede, played by Stellan Skarsgård, meaning Sophie has her roots in Sweden, just like ABBA.
  • Originally, the song Our Last Summer was a duet between Donna (Meryl Streep) and Harry (Colin Firth).
  • Even though Cher was going to be in this movie as Tanya which she turned down, she appears as Amanda Seyfried (Sophie's) Grandmother and Meryl Streep (Donna's) mother Ruby Sheridan 10 years later in the sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018).
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