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Across the Universe (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Musical  |  12 October 2007 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jo-Jo (as Martin Luther McCoy)
Lisa Hogg ...
Nicholas Lumley ...
Angela Mounsey ...
Martha Feeny - Jude's Mother
Erin Elliott ...
Cheer Coach
Wesley 'Wes' Huber - Jude's Father
Christopher Tierney ...
Dorm Buddy / Dancer
Dorm Buddy


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


From director Julie Taymor comes the most original, exhilarating, spectacular, groundbreaking motion picture of the year. 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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Release Date:

12 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

All You Need Is Love  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$667,784 (USA) (14 September 2007)


$24,343,673 (USA) (7 December 2007)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early versions of the script had a character named Sgt. Pepper, with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" set to accompany his scene. The character was scrapped as the script was finalized for production. See more »


A modern Merseyrail train can be seen crossing a bridge in the background of one of the Liverpool shots. See more »


[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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References Pink Floyd The Wall (1982) See more »


Don't Let Me Down
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Dana Fuchs and Martin Luther
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User Reviews

Let's say Hair and Moulin Rouge had a baby...
5 September 2007 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

... and it's nanny was Julie Taymor ...

This probably sounds like I hated the film, but I actually loved it.

It has the time line and self-consciously-culture-smart soundtrack of Hair, yet the campy fun and karaoke stylings of Moulin Rouge. Julie Taymor takes this combination and makes it fun, instead of extra cheesy, and it is visually fascinating instead of the obnoxious MTV-video nightmare it could have been.

I cared about the characters - and the cast of 'unknowns' have great star power and voices. Even though I knew exactly what would happen, the journey there was great. The cameos were fun. The lead was sufficiently hot. The soundtrack is stuck in my head as I write this (the new versions, not even the original songs) All corny jokes and references, and lapses in plot are forgiven, because Ms. Taymor manages to take a movie chock full of things that have been done a million times before and makes it as fresh and exciting as if it were all done for the first time. You may know exactly what's going to happen but you never know how. This is the director's movie!

Definitely a movie journey worth taking.

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