Across the Universe

Revolution Studios Released 2007


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Julie Taymor

Across the Universe is the 2007 musical film directed by Julie Taymor. The film takes place in America in the turbulent 1960's and is set to a backdrop of songs by the famous rock band The Beatles. Universe is the story of Jude (Jim Sturgess) as he ventures to America to discover his yet unknown American father (Robert Clohessy). Meanwhile Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) pines for her boyfriend Daniel (Spencer Liff) as he is shipped off to fight in the Vietnam War. Jude eventually becomes friends with Lucy's brother Max (Joe Anderson), and Jude falls in love with Lucy. Daniel is killed while away in the war and Lucy goes to visit Max, who is now roommates with Jude, in New York City. After a strange LSD trip in which Jude, Lucy, Max and Doctor Robert (Bono) encounter Mr. Kite (Eddie Izzard), Max is deployed to Vietnam, further encouraging Lucy to join the anti-war movement. Jude becomes frustrated with the anti-war group that Lucy joins ("Students for a Democratic Republic"), and becomes involved in a debacle with protestors and the police. After Jude is deported for being in the country illegally, he eventually believes that Lucy has been killed. When he learns that Lucy is still alive, he finds his way back to America to be with her. Also starring Dana Fuchs, Salma Hayek, and Martin Luther McCoy, Across the Universe received a mixed critical reception.



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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Somewhere around its midpoint, Across the Universe captured my heart, and I realized that falling in love with a movie is like falling in love with another person. Imperfections, h...

  • 70

    Variety Justin Chang

    All you need is love -- for the Beatles, for psychedelic visuals, for ideas about being young in the '60s -- to fully enjoy Across the Universe.

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