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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 ...
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)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Studio head Joe Roth disliked Julie Taymor's initial cut of the film, and had it re-edited to better suit mass audiences. While Taymor's contract gave her "final cut" rights, Roth hoped to persuade her to allow his version of the film to be released instead. This was unsuccessful though, and Taymor threatened a lawsuit if Roth failed to release her version. Moreover, in exchange for participating in the DVD release and the film's publicity campaign, Taymor forced the studio to sign an agreement that all copies of Roth's edit would be destroyed without ever being released to the general public, and that no further re-edits of the film (barring television edits) could ever be released without her express permission. See more »


In the scene where the white women dance on top of the water and, subsequently, fall in, one of the platforms that a dancer (on the right side of the "v") is standing on is clearly visible, covered and uncovered by the waves. 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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If I Fell
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Evan Rachel Wood
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A 'Must See' Film Experience!!
14 September 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Across the Universe is a love story and musical with creative interpretations of Beatles classics. Critics looker for deeper meaning seem to forget this simple fact. Incredible cameos by Joe Cocker, Bono, and an earth-shattering Gospel version of 'Let it Be', are all in themselves reason enough to see the film. I was lucky enough to see this recently at the historic Elgin theater in Toronto. Julie Taymor is one of the most eloquent directors I've heard to date. Not only has this film advanced the art of film-based musicals, it will most certainly get the Oscar nod and introduce a legion of new young fans to the Beatles. I for one can't wait to see and experience it again!

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