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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
USA: Columbia Pictures / Revolution Studios
UK: Sony Pictures Releasing
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy, T V Carpio, Spencer Liff, Lisa Hogg, Nicholas Lumley, Michael Ryan, Angela Mounsey, Erin Elliott, Robert Clohessy, Curtis Holbrook, John Jeffrey Martin, Matt Caplan, Timothy R Boyce Jr, Aisha De Haas, Ellen Hornberger, Amanda Cole, Danya Taymor, Linda Emond, Timothy T Mitchum, Carol Woods, Elain Graham, Orfeh, Antonique Smith, Tracy Nicole Chapman, Yassmin Alers, Deidre Goodwin, Joe Cocker, Jacob Pitts, Staceyann Chin, Jeanine Serralles, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Harry J Lennix, Logan Marshall-Green, James Urbaniak, Kathleen Early, Ching Valdes-Aran, Bono, Daniel Ezralow, Kiva Dawson, Halley Wegryn Gross, Luther Creek, Jerzy Gwiazdowski, Arabella Holzbog, Ambrose Martos, Peter Mui, Karine Plantadit-Bageot, Dan Weltner, Christopher Youngsman, Eddie Izzard, Tracy Westmoreland, Ron Cephas Jones, W W Wilson III, Salma Hayek
Director: Julie Taymor
USA & UK: 133 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some drug content, nudity, sexuality, violence and language
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate drug references, nudity and one use of strong language
USA Release Date: 14 September 2007 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 28 September 2008
At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, Revolution Studios' ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is a groundbreaking movie musical, springing from the imagination of renowned writer-director Julie Taymor (FRIDA, TITUS, and the Broadway smash hit musical THE LION KING) and writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (THE COMMITMENTS), that brings together an original story and 33 revolutionary songs - including "Hey Jude," "I Am the Walrus," and "All You Need is Love" - that defined a generation. Taymor says, "The idea was to create an original musical using only the songs of the Beatles."
A love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock 'n roll, the film moves 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 (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), along with a small group of friends and musicians, are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements, with Dr. Robert (Bono) and Mr. Kite (Eddie Izzard) 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.