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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


They lived without rules. They loved without fear. But as the world changed, so did they. 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?


Director Julie Taymor watched the premiere of Across The Universe sitting next to Paul McCartney. She was nervous about what he would think so when the movie was over she asked if there was anything he didn't like about it and McCartney responded "What's not to like?" McCartney also sang along with "All My Loving" under his breath, a very moving moment for Taymor. See more »


During the "I Am The Walrus" scene, the man sings "coo coo cachoo" when the real lyrics to the original song was "goo goo gachoob". 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 Head (1968) See more »


I Am The Walrus
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Produced by Elliot Goldenthal, Benjamin Curtis, Brandon Curtis and Josh Garza
Performed by Bono and Secret Machines
Bono appears courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd.
Secret Machines appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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User Reviews

All you need is Love.
25 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I adored the movie, it was so good. Very imaginative and psychedelic in a sense if you like that sort of thing. Although the movie is really long, it was so worth watching. The trailers do not do it justice. I would compare it too Moulin Rouge or any Baz Lurhman movie. The soundtrack was awesome too. Really great renditions of Beatles songs,.. and and all star cast, outstanding. The sixties vibe was well pronounced throughout, not only in the characters but also as a time line of changes in music produced from the Beatles. It went above and beyond all of my expectations. There are many Beatle references within the movie without having the story line be about the Beatles themselves. Each scene is extremely different,...Some scenes are more dark and weary and then liven up in the following scene with bright colors and extravagant dancing. Also references to other popular musicians from the sixties like Jimmy Hendrix and Janis Joplin are somewhat "represented" within the cast but not playing that particular person in the film. A really great time period flick.

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