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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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The play presents love in all its glory, warts and all: Love at first sight, innocent love, love twisted by the mind... See full synopsis »

Director: Julie Taymor
Stars: Max Casella, David Harewood, Tina Benko
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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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love | song | protest | anti war | university | See more »

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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 »


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

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12 October 2007 (USA)  »

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All You Need Is Love  »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$24,343,673 (USA) (7 December 2007)
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The musical arrangement of "With a Little Help From My Friends" starts out being closely tied to the one used by the Beatles' original 1967 studio recording, but then it segues into sounding much more like Joe Cocker's radically re-orchestrated 1969 cover version of the song, which he performed at Woodstock (this was the version that was also used as the theme song to the TV show "The Wonder Years" (1988). Cocker performs on a different Across the Universe (2007) track, "Come Together" (with Martin Luther McCoy). See more »

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The armory which Max enters is actually located on 26th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City. At the armory there is a gold "69" in the floor when you enter. It represents the Fighting 69th Regiment located in this armory. When Max enters the "69" is not visible. See more »

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[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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Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Jim Sturgess and Joe Anderson
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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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