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Across the Universe (2007)

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The music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

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Julie Taymor

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Dick Clement (screenplay), Ian La Frenais (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Rachel Wood ... Lucy Carrigan
Jim Sturgess ... Jude
Joe Anderson ... Max Carrigan
Dana Fuchs ... Sadie
Martin Luther ... Jo-Jo (as Martin Luther McCoy)
T.V. Carpio ... Prudence
Spencer Liff Spencer Liff ... Daniel
Lisa Dwyer Hogg ... Jude's Liverpool Girlfriend (as Lisa Hogg)
Nicholas Lumley Nicholas Lumley ... Cyril
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Phil
Angela Mounsey Angela Mounsey ... Martha Feeny - Jude's Mother
Erin Elliott Erin Elliott ... Cheer Coach
Robert Clohessy ... Wesley 'Wes' Huber - Jude's Father
Christopher Tierney Christopher Tierney ... Dorm Buddy / Dancer
Curtis Holbrook ... Dorm Buddy
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Storyline

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by The Beatles that defined the time. Written by Anonymous

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Within the lyrics of the world's most famous songs, lives a story that has never been told. Until now. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some drug content, nudity, sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All You Need Is Love See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$667,784, 16 September 2007

Gross USA:

$24,602,291

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,625,761
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS | Dolby Atmos

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the featured Beatles songs (Helter Skelter and Black Bird) are quite infamous because they were misinterpreted by Charles Manson which partially motivated his actions regarding the Manson Family Killings, an event of which ironically brought about the end of the Hippie era in the sixties. See more »

Goofs

During the "Strawberry Fields Forever" sequence a shot shows Jude's foot splattered with bright red paint. Once the shot cuts away and back, the paint disappears. When the shot then cuts away and back a second time the splattered paint is on his foot again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jude: [singing] Is there anybody going to listen to my story all about the girl who came to stay? She's the kind of girl you want so much, it makes you sorry. Still, you don't regret a single day. Aw, girl. Girl...
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Soundtracks

Helter Skelter
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Dana Fuchs
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I count myself lucky...
17 September 2007 | by DavidGunnarSee all my reviews

... to have been able to see this film in the beautiful Elgin Theatre with Julie Taymor there to answer questions / talk about the film afterwards (at the Toronto International Film Festival).

Wow!!!

I was carried away, I was moved to tears, I stood up and cheered.

For those who commented about the singing - the actors sang all the songs themselves. What's more, though they did record the songs in studio first as part of the rehearsal process, most of the song performances used in the film were recorded live as they played out the scenes. Perhaps that's why - for me - the songs worked so well; it actually felt like the characters were just moved to sing. Amazing performances from - mainly - unknown actors.

And I felt the story had a strong narrative line, aided / supported by the songs. It used the background of history, not just as a painted backdrop, but to add meaning and depth to the characters and the story they were living. Made me wish I'd been there (born in '65, too young to remember the 60's); I'll have to content myself with living vicariously through Jude and Lucy and the others.

Add to everything else Julie Taymor's glorious visuals, and I was truly swept away. I saw 36 films at the festival, but this was head and shoulders my favourite.

I fell in love with this film, and look forward to sharing it with friends and family who didn't have the luck to see it as I did. It's a film that will, I'm sure, reward repeated viewings.


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