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  • Trailer 1
  • Clip: I want you (she's so heavy)

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

"Across the Universe" is a love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock 'n roll, moving from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village, from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam. The star-crossed lovers, Jude and Lucy, along with a small group of friends and musicians, are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements, with "Dr. Robert" and "Mr. Kite" as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their control ultimately tear the young lovers apart, forcing Jude and Lucy--against all odds--to find their own way back to each other.

Cast

  • Evan Rachel Wood
  • Jim Sturgess
  • Joe Anderson
  • Dana Fuchs
  • Martin Luther
  • T.V. Carpio
  • Spencer Liff
  • Lisa Dwyer Hogg
  • Nicholas Lumley
  • Michael Ryan

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • When Jude takes inspiration from the bowl of strawberries, he creates a Jackson Pollock-styled "splatter" painting. This seemingly alludes to Stuart Sutcliffe, once a bassist with The Beatles, who was a painter in the Jackson Pollock style.
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Goofs

  • While Max is fighting in Vietnam during "Helter Skelter" his M16 has a blank firing adapter installed on the end of the barrel, which allows the prop weapon to fire multiple rounds.
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Quotes

    • JoJo: Music's the only thing that makes sense anymore, man. Play it loud enough, it keeps the demons at bay.
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Metacritic

100

Here is a bold, beautiful, visually enchanting musical where we walk INTO the theater humming the songs.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
88

This much is inarguable: In the more than two flamboyant hours of Across the Universe, Julie Taymor doesn't cheat us for a single second.

Metacritic review by Rick Groen
Rick Groen
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)