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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lucy Carrigan
... Jude
... Max Carrigan
... Sadie
... Jo-Jo (as Martin Luther McCoy)
... Prudence
Spencer Liff ... Daniel
... Jude's Liverpool Girlfriend
Nicholas Lumley ... Cyril
Michael Ryan ... Phil
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


All you need is love. 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 USA:

$667,784, 16 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,343,673, 9 December 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Just prior to the song "Dear Prudence", Max is holding a box of "Cap'n Crunch" cereal with a modern design. 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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Come Together
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Joe Cocker and Martin Luther
Back up vocals were performed in the film and on soundtrack by 'Orfeh' 'Antonique Smith' 'Tracy Nicole Chapman' 'Yassmin Alers' 'Deidre Goodwin'
Joe Cocker appears courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings,
Inc. and EMI Records Limited
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User Reviews

An incredible experience
4 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Pure emotion. No one can mix theater with film like Julie Taymor. From beginning to end the film takes you on a psychedelic beatle ride that grips you by the ears, the heart and the soul and never lets go. Even now. Hours after the projector was shut off. Every song adaptation interpretation and setting is spot on, fans of the Beatles will recognize that every detail in Taymor's images recall an instance, a photograph, a line or a quote from the band. Even the girl that comes in through the bathroom window. Nothing is left to chance, everything is on purpose. Amazing. Easily the best film of the year. And in regards to people saying it's a two hour music video.. well... yeah, what the heck were you expecting???

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