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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.

Director:

Julie Taymor

Writers:

Dick Clement (screenplay), Ian La Frenais (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Rachel Wood ... Lucy Carrigan
Jim Sturgess ... Jude
Joe Anderson ... Max Carrigan
Dana Fuchs ... Sadie
Martin Luther ... Jo-Jo (as Martin Luther McCoy)
T.V. Carpio ... Prudence
Spencer Liff Spencer Liff ... Daniel
Lisa Hogg Lisa Hogg ... Jude's Liverpool Girlfriend
Nicholas Lumley Nicholas Lumley ... Cyril
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Phil
Angela Mounsey Angela Mounsey ... Martha Feeny - Jude's Mother
Erin Elliott Erin Elliott ... Cheer Coach
Robert Clohessy ... Wesley 'Wes' Huber - Jude's Father
Christopher Tierney Christopher Tierney ... Dorm Buddy / Dancer
Curtis Holbrook ... Dorm Buddy
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Storyline

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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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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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All You Need Is Love See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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:

$29,367,143
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" scene, whenever the priest closes the soldier's eyes, meaning that he's died, right before the priests closes the lids, you see the soldier's eyes briefly blink. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References The Birds (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Taymor does it again!
7 September 2007 | by dramaqueen817See all my reviews

I absolutely loved it.

It's very hard to describe, because I wouldn't classify it as a traditional musical. It's not set up so that there's a scene, then a song, then a scene again; everything just flows seamlessly. Wonderful acting from all of the cast,with some great improv from Bono and Eddie Izzard. Definitely standout performances from Dana Fuchs (who has the most AMAZING voice), Martin Luther, and TV Carpio. Also a nice cameo by Salma Hayek, who apparently asked Julie Taymor if there was a part for her in the movie, and when Julie told her that she could be one of the nurses, Salma replied "ONE of the nurses, Julie?"

Overall an excellent film. Taymor fans will definitely appreciate it (it has a lot of her traditional colorful imagery, masks, and puppets). I'm planning on seeing it a few more times just to take it all in. It's certainly going to be a film you have to see more than once to really appreciate.


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