7.4/10
99,575
533 user 166 critic

Across the Universe (2007)

Trailer
2:30 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
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 »
Reviews
Popularity
2,839 ( 36)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Within the lyrics of the world's most famous songs, lives a story that has never been told. Until now. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All You Need Is Love See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Julie Taymor she used 30 songs of The Beatles as a basis for the script that covers events from 1963 to 1969, but in the film those 6 years are compressed into two years. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Sadie is in the dressing room, she takes a drink from a bottle of Jack Daniels. The neck of the bottle has black plastic on it. In the late 60's, Jack Daniels was sealed with paper tape across the top of the bottle. 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...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Zach Galifianakis/Jessie J (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want To Hold Your Hand
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by T.V. Carpio
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
I count myself lucky...
17 September 2007 | by DavidGunnarSee all my reviews

... to have been able to see this film in the beautiful Elgin Theatre with Julie Taymor there to answer questions / talk about the film afterwards (at the Toronto International Film Festival).

Wow!!!

I was carried away, I was moved to tears, I stood up and cheered.

For those who commented about the singing - the actors sang all the songs themselves. What's more, though they did record the songs in studio first as part of the rehearsal process, most of the song performances used in the film were recorded live as they played out the scenes. Perhaps that's why - for me - the songs worked so well; it actually felt like the characters were just moved to sing. Amazing performances from - mainly - unknown actors.

And I felt the story had a strong narrative line, aided / supported by the songs. It used the background of history, not just as a painted backdrop, but to add meaning and depth to the characters and the story they were living. Made me wish I'd been there (born in '65, too young to remember the 60's); I'll have to content myself with living vicariously through Jude and Lucy and the others.

Add to everything else Julie Taymor's glorious visuals, and I was truly swept away. I saw 36 films at the festival, but this was head and shoulders my favourite.

I fell in love with this film, and look forward to sharing it with friends and family who didn't have the luck to see it as I did. It's a film that will, I'm sure, reward repeated viewings.


292 of 386 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 533 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed