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Across the Universe Country Language Budget Gross revenue United States English $45 million $29,367,143

Theatrical release poster Directed by Produced by Julie Taymor Jennifer Todd Suzanne Todd Charles Newirth Julie Taymor Dick Clement Ian La Frenais Evan Rachel Wood Jim Sturgess Joe Anderson Dana Fuchs Martin Luther McCoy T. V. Carpio Elliot Goldenthal John Lennon Paul McCartney George Harrison Ringo Starr Bruno Delbonnel Francoise Bonnot Columbia Pictures Revolution Studios United States limited September 14, 2007 United Kingdom September 28, 2007 United States wide October 12, 2007 133 min.

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Across the Universe is a 2007 musical film directed by Julie Taymor, produced by Revolution Studios, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. It was released in the United States on October 12, 2007. The script is based on an original story credited to Taymor, Dick Clement, and Ian La Frenais. It incorporates 33 compositions originally written by members of The Beatles. The film, directed by Taymor, stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, and T. V. Carpio, and introduces Dana Fuchs and Martin Luther McCoy as actors. Cameo appearances are made by Bono, Eddie Izzard, Joe Cocker, Salma Hayek, and others. Opening to mixed reviews, Across the Universe was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. Two members of the supporting cast, Carol Woods and Timothy T. Mitchum, performed as part of a special Beatles tribute at the 50th Grammy Awards.

Plot
The film’s plot and narrative structure interweave the stories of several characters whose lives cross paths during events set against the backdrop of the turbulent middle 1960s. The story apparently takes place from about 1965 to 1969.[1] The story begins in Liverpool, England with a young shipyard worker named Jude Feeny (Jim Sturgess). Against the wishes of both his mother and his girlfriend Molly, Jude enlists in the merchant navy and travels by a ship to the United States of America. He jumps ship in New York City, New York to search for his American G.I. father, Wes Hubert (Robert Clohessy), whom he has never met and who does not know he exists. He learns that his father works at Princeton as a janitor. After meeting his father, Jude has nowhere to go. He befriends a Princeton

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student, Max Carrigan (Joe Anderson), a rebellious and eccentric young man from a privileged background. Max and his friends come from upper class families who pay for their schooling, so they mess around, drink, and do drugs. When Max goes home for Thanksgiving, bringing Jude with him, Jude meets Max’s younger sister Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood). After a heated argument with his parents about his future, Max drops out of college and moves to New York City, New York, accompanied by Jude. Max works as a taxi driver, while Jude pursues work as a freelance artist. They become roommates in a bohemian enclave in the Village, where they share an apartment with others, most notably Sadie (Dana Fuchs), their landlady, who is an aspiring singer and a representation of Janis Joplin. Other residents include Jojo (Martin Luther McCoy), a guitarist representing Jimi Hendrix, who arrives from Detroit, Michigan after the death of his younger brother during the 12th Street Riot; and Prudence (T. V. Carpio), a young woman who has hitchhiked to New York City, New York from Dayton, Ohio where she was seen pining after a fellow cheerleader. After Lucy’s boyfriend, Daniel (Spencer Liff) is killed in Vietnam, she goes to New York City, New York to visit Max before she starts college, despite the fact that her parents are against the idea. Romantic relationships develop between Lucy and Jude, and between Sadie and Jojo. One night, Prudence (who seemingly has a crush on Sadie) becomes depressed, and hides in a closet. Upon realizing where she is, the rest of the cast coax her literally and figuratively out of the closet. Prudence mysteriously leaves the group after wandering off enthralled by street performers at a peace rally. Sadie and her band, the Po Boys (reference to a line in "Down on the Corner"), with Jojo as her lead guitarist, are courted by a prospective manager, who invites them to a book function for an existential drug guru named Doctor Robert, based on Ken Kesey. After serving punch that appears to be laced with LSD (aka Kesey’s Electric Kool-Aid), Doctor Robert lectures that the New Yorkers are two years behind the new agers of California, and urges everyone that "time is of the essence, we have to transcend fast". The friends embark with Doctor Robert and his followers on a epic journey inside a psychedelically painted bus named "Beyond".

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They wake up not knowing where they are or how they got there, probably somewhere in Upstate New York. They learn Doctor Robert has taken them to the spiritual retreat compound of Dr. Frank Geary, a fellow psychonaut "Navigator", and leader of a cult called "League of Spiritual Deliverance" (Geary is an allusion to Timothy Leary, who headed the International Foundation for Internal Freedom, from his estate in Millbrook). Geary refuses to see Doctor Robert who, resigned to this news, retires to California. The friends, however, are stranded. At the cult compound, the friends are reunited with Prudence, who now is a performer in the circus of "Mr Kite," a merry entertainer, who wants to challenge the world of show business with his "blue people." When Max is drafted and sent to Vietnam, Lucy becomes involved in the anti-war movement, while Jude (who, despite potentially having U.S. citizenship due to his American father, is still living without a visa and thus can’t be drafted) remains comparatively apolitical. Jude becomes unhappy with the amount of time Lucy spends with a political group, Students for Democratic Reform (SDR), suspecting that its leader Paco is a lothario. Jude’s art and his relationship with Lucy both start to falter. Meanwhile, Sadie has been signed to the prospective manager’s record label, but he wants her to drop her backing band. She agrees, and this leads to a bitter break up between Sadie and Jojo, both musically and romantically. Sadie leaves to go on tour, while Jojo plays guitar in a local bar. Meanwhile, the differences and tensions between Jude and Lucy escalate. One day, Jude storms into the SDR office where Lucy works and points out the hypocrisy and potential violence that they are heading toward, but he is thrown out by Paco’s people. This leads to an argument between the couple, which results in Lucy leaving Jude. Jude finds her at an anti-war demonstration at Columbia University during which many protesters, including Lucy, are arrested. Pushing through the crowd to help her, Jude is also beaten and arrested. Lucy contacts Jude’s father Wes who convinces the police not to press charges, but he cannot prove that Jude is his son (and thus an American citizen), so Jude is deported to England. Going back to work at the Liverpool shipyards, Jude encounters his old girlfriend,

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Molly. She is now pregnant by Jude’s old friend and shipyard co-worker Phil Scully, which does not upset the apathetic Jude. Max is wounded in Vietnam and is repatriated, emotionally and mentally shattered by his experiences and dependent on morphine to relieve his pain, while Lucy remains involved in her anti-war movement, which is becoming more and more violent. She finally leaves the group when she returns to the SDR headquarters one night to find the offices deserted and Paco and some of his followers making bombs. One of their bombs explodes, killing Paco and his confederates and destroying the building, an allusion to the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion that killed three members of the Weather Underground in 1970. Jude reads about the explosion in a Liverpool newspaper and believes that Lucy has also been killed. However, he subsequently hears from Max that she is alive, and encouraged by a vision of Max singing "Hey Jude" to him and by his understanding mother he arranges to legally return to the United States. He meets Max, who drives him to Sadie’s music headquarters where a rooftop concert is being held by Jojo and Sadie (who have reunited) and their band (which now includes Prudence) singing "Don’t Let Me Down". Lucy is supposed to be there, but she arrives late and cannot get into the building to join them on the roof. After seeing Sadie’s recording company logo (an abstract strawberry Jude had created - a reference to the Beatles’ Apple Corps), Lucy slowly walks away, overwhelmed with grief. The police begin to force the group to leave. This is a reference to the Beatles’ rooftop concert on January 30, 1969, where "Don’t Let Me Down" was one of five songs sung by the Beatles before the concert was broken up by the police.[2] Jude manages to evade the police and stay behind on the roof. Hesitantly, he begins to sing "All You Need Is Love". Sadie, Jojo and the rest of the band hear him, and the police allow them to go back onto the roof to accompany him with their voices and instruments. Down in the street, Lucy hears Jude as well and tries to enter the building, but is turned away by the police. Max suddenly looks out across the street as everybody else sings and begins to sing "She Loves You" as Jude turns to see Lucy, wearing a diamond necklace, standing on an adjacent roof. They

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smile at one another with tears in their eyes, and the screen fades out to white clouds and blue sky. This is a reference to "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," which plays in the background.

Use of The Beatles’ music
The film begins with Jude singing the beginning verse of "Girl". As the opening credits roll, Sadie and her band are heard singing "Helter Skelter". The scene intercuts sceens of Lucy’s prom and Jude’s date at a Liverpool club with his girlfriend Molly. "Molly" and "Lucy" are references to the Beatles songs "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". Molly and Lucy are both singing "Hold Me Tight". The shipyard payroll clerk says to Jude that he told himself "When I’m Sixty-Four", he was going to be out of this place. "All My Loving" is then sung by Jude to Molly prior to departing for America. When Prudence (referencing the song, "Dear Prudence") appears at football practice at her school in Dayton, singing "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", she is thinking of one of the other cheerleaders, which becomes clear as she sings the line, "And let me be your man." When Jude meets Max, (referencing the song "Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,") "With A Little Help from My Friends" is sung around the Princeton campus, the college Max attends. Lucy sings "It Won’t Be Long" when she gets a letter from her boyfriend saying he’ll be home before he ships out to Vietnam. At a bowling alley, Jude realizes he has feelings for Lucy, singing "I’ve Just Seen a Face". Max and Jude rent a New York apartment from a landlady named Sadie, (referencing the song "Sexy Sadie"). The scene shifts to show a small child hiding next to a burned out car during the 12th Street riot, singing "Let It Be". The style of the song changes into a gospel rendition behind intercut scenes of the funeral of the boy, who was shot by police in the riot, and that of Lucy’s boyfriend, killed in Vietnam. As Jojo (referencing the song "Get Back") arrives in New York City, Joe Cocker sings "Come Together", switching between playing a bum, a pimp, and a street seller. When Prudence comes into the group’s apartment, the lines "Hello Hello" are said in greeting and "She came in through the bathroom window" is said in response to Sadie’s questioning her sudden appearance. Later, Sadie

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sings "Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?" at Cafe Huh? (a reference to Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village). Next, Jude and Lucy are at a dock, and Lucy sings "If I Fell" as she realizes her own feelings toward him. The songs ends with their kiss and embrace at a party. Max is drafted and during his recruitment tests we hear "I Want You (She’s So Heavy)"; the scene later shifts to Sadie singing to Jojo and Prudence distantly singing to Sadie through her window. Prudence is heartbroken, locking herself in the closet. Sadie, Max, Lucy, and Jude sing "Dear Prudence" to convince her to come out. "Flying" and "Blue Jay Way" appear in the background shortly thereafter. Dr. Robert (a reference to the song "Dr. Robert", played by Bono), sings "I Am the Walrus", and the song continues as they drive away on Dr. Robert’s bus (a reference to the television film "Magical Mystery Tour"). They find a circus grounds and Mr. Kite (Eddie Izzard) performs "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!", accompanied by the Blue Meanies from Yellow Submarine. Reunited with Prudence, who was performing in the circus and is involved with a contortionist named Rita (a reference to the song "Lovely Rita"), they all lie down in a field and sing "Because", then the film moves into a surreal underwater montage. Back in New York, Jude sings "Something" as he sketches the sleeping naked Lucy. In the apartment, the naked sketches of both Jude and Lucy on the walls are also a reference to the "Two Virgins" album by John Lennon as both appear in similar poses. Next, Sadie and her band sing "Oh! Darling" at a gig at a large venue, leading to Jojo and Sadie’s breakup, where Jojo deliberately messes up the guitar and makes Sadie storm out. When Jude is working on a logo for Sadie’s new record label in his bedroom, tacking strawberries on a board, he (later joined by Max, who is currently in Vietnam) sings "Strawberry Fields Forever". The sequence for this song sometimes resembles parts of the Beatles’ promotional video for the song. Jude bursts in on Lucy at the Students for a Democratic Reformation’s office and sings "Revolution". After the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., there is a shift to Jojo, seen in the bar singing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

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Jude sings "Across the Universe" on the subway on his way to find Lucy at the Columbia University protests of 1968. He continues singing the refrain as the scene shifts between the protest and Sadie in concert singing "Helter Skelter". When Max is in the Stateside hospital, he and other wounded soldiers sing "Happiness Is a Warm Gun." When Lucy is caught in the middle of a violent demonstration, there is a slight reprise of "Revolution". Jeff Beck’s version of "A Day in the Life" plays as Jude, back in the Liverpool shipyards, wanders the Liverpool streets. When Max is out of the hospital, Lucy sings "Blackbird" to him. The scene now shifts between Jude and Max at different bars, and Max begins to sing "Hey Jude" as Jude goes back to New York. Max picks him up from the port and drives him to hear Sadie and Jojo sing "Don’t Let Me Down" atop a building, in reference to the last concert of The Beatles, on the rooftop of the Apple Records building in London, where the band played some songs, Don’t Let Me Down included. Jude then sings "All You Need is Love" a cappella. The refrain from "She Loves You" plays briefly over the song as Lucy is revealed to be watching Jude sing from a neighboring rooftop. Over the credits, Bono (with background vocals by The Edge) sings "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." "Flying" is reprised in a cover version by The Secret Machines.

Cast
As mentioned above, the names of the six main characters (and a few minor characters) were inspired by Beatles song titles and lyrics. • Evan Rachel Wood as Lucy Carrigan • Jim Sturgess as Jude Feeny • Joe Anderson as Maxwell "Max" Carrigan • Dana Fuchs as Sadie • Martin Luther McCoy as JoJo • T. V. Carpio as Prudence • Timothy T. Mitchum as JoJo’s Little Brother • Orfeh as Hooker #1 • Jacob Pitts as Desmond • Tracy Nicole Chapman as Hooker #2 • Logan Marshall-Green as Paco • Bono as Dr. Robert • Salma Hayek as Bang Bang Shoot Shoot Nurses • James Urbaniak as Sadie’s manager

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• • • • Eddie Izzard as Mr. Kite Harry Lennix as Army Sergeant Lawrence Leritz as Singing Riot Cop Joe Cocker as Pimp / Mad Hippie / Bum

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13. "Dear Prudence" — Dana Fuchs, Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, Joe Anderson 14. "Flying" instrumental - The Secret Machines 15. "Blue Jay Way" — The Secret Machines 16. "I Am The Walrus" — Bono, The Secret Machines 17. "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!" — Eddie Izzard 18. "Because" — Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, T.V. Carpio, Martim Luther McCoy 19. "Something" — Jim Sturgess 20. "Oh! Darling" — Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy 21. "Strawberry Fields Forever" — Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson 22. "Revolution" — Jim Sturgess 23. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" — Martin Luther McCoy, Jim Sturgess 24. "Across the Universe" — Jim Sturgess (interwoven with "Helter Skelter") 25. "Helter Skelter" — Dana Fuchs (interwoven with "Across the Universe") 26. "And I Love Her" (brief extract incorporated into the orchestral score during the "Across the Universe"/"Helter Skelter" sequence) 27. "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" — Joe Anderson, Salma Hayek, patients 28. "A Day In The Life" — Jeff Beck 29. "Blackbird" — Evan Rachel Wood 30. "Hey Jude" — Joe Anderson, Mounsey 31. "Don’t Let Me Down" — Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy 32. "All You Need Is Love" — Jim Sturgess, Dana Fuchs, T.V Carpio, Martin Luther McCoy 33. "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" — Bono, The Edge

Production
Dispute
In March 2007, the media reported a dispute over the final cut of the film. Concerned with the length of director Julie Taymor’s cut of the film, Revolution Studios (production studio) chairman Joe Roth tested a sneak preview of a shortened version without first informing Taymor. The incident sparked some heat between the two, later involving Sony Pictures (distributor) Amy Pascal urging Taymor to agree to the shorter version.[3][4][5] After several months of dispute, Taymor’s version was eventually reinstated as the theatrically released version.[6]

Music
Musical numbers
Follows is a listing of the thirty-three compositions written by members of The Beatles that are heard on the soundtrack, in the order featured in the film. This listing includes notation of three compositions that are heard twice in the course of the film, so there are a total of thirty-six individual music cues. 1. "Girl" — Jim Sturgess 2. "Hold Me Tight" — Evan Rachel Wood, Hogg, prom night singers 3. "All My Loving" — Jim Sturgess 4. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" — T.V. Carpio 5. "With A Little Help From My Friends" — Joe Anderson, Jim Sturgess, "dorm buddies" 6. "It Won’t Be Long" — Evan Rachel Wood, "students" 7. "I’ve Just Seen A Face" — Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson 8. "Let It Be" — Carol Woods, Timothy T. Mitchum, church choir 9. "Come Together" — Joe Cocker, Martin Luther McCoy, prostitutes 10. "Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?" — Dana Fuchs 11. "If I Fell" — Evan Rachel Wood 12. "I Want You (She’s So Heavy)" — Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, T.V. Carpio, soldiers

Extended musical numbers
There is extra music, such as in "Hold Me Tight", to have more opportunity for things such as dance solos. In "Come Together" on the special features there is extra music for a dance solo and a well-planned "Six Degrees of Separation" which connects the main characters as they enter New York lifestyle. "I Want You (She’s So Heavy)" is also extended to add time for Max’s medical check-up that is shown and for the dialogue about Max eating cotton balls and other theories to get out of the draft. The extended music is used as undertone during dialogue like after "Dear

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Prudence", "Something", and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". Other extended songs include "I Am The Walrus", "Oh! Darling", "Across the Universe", "Helter Skelter".

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Thirty of the soundtrack’s songs feature vocals. Two of them ("And I Love Her" and "A Day in the Life") are brief instrumental versions of songs that were originally written with lyrics, although "And I Love Her" is sung in a deleted scene. One song ("Flying") was originally written as an instrumental. Twenty-five of the vocal tracks are performed by one or more of the six lead cast members. Four of the songs are sung by stars with cameo roles (Bono, Eddie Izzard, Salma Hayek and Joe Cocker). One song ("Let It Be") is sung by supporting members of the cast. Another song ("Blue Jay Way") is sung by indie Texan trio The Secret Machines. In 29 of the vocal tracks, the vocalists are singing on-screen. Two of the vocal tracks ("Blue Jay Way" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds") are sung by off-screen vocalists. The remaining three of the 33 songs are instrumentals. "Flying" is performed by The Secret Machines, "And I Love Her" is heard briefly as part of the orchestral score, and "A Day in the Life" is performed on guitar by Jeff Beck in a version recorded for Sir George Martin’s 1998 album In My Life. In addition to the Beatles compositions, the soundtrack features an original score composed by Elliot Goldenthal. Goldenthal worked on Taymor’s previous films Titus and Frida. (Goldenthal and director Taymor have been partners since 1982.) Interscope Records has released three variations of soundtrack from the film — a standard edition and two deluxe editions. The standard edition contains 16 tracks from the film soundtrack, although "Let It Be" is shortened, missing the third verse. The first version of the deluxe edition features 31 tracks — all of the vocal performances and one of the three instrumental tracks.[10] In the US this 31-track version is available solely at Best Buy stores and in a digital version from iTunes, while in Europe it is available at other retail outlets. A second version of the deluxe edition is available at other retail outlets and digital download suppliers. The second version differs from the 31-track version in that it omits two tracks ("Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?" and "I Want You (She’s So Heavy)"). The song "It Won’t Be Long" was released as a single on iTunes on September 11, 2007. On October 15, 2007–October 17, 2007, and again on October 22, 2007–October 23, 2007,

"She Loves You"
In the Beatles’ 1967 recording of the song "All You Need Is Love", as John Lennon sings the ending chorus and fade out of the song, he and Paul McCartney briefly sing the chorus of their 1963 hit "She Loves You" as a tongue-in-cheek nod to the band’s earlier pop group incarnation.[7][8] In the performance of "All You Need Is Love" in the film, the same "She Loves You" chorus is sung as in the Beatles’ original version. Unlike the Beatles’ rendition, where the reprise of the 1963 chorus is a light-hearted throwaway moment, the film version uses the "She Loves You" lyric at a pivotal moment as a commentary on the romance between the story’s principal two characters. Because the chorus of "She Loves You" was incorporated into the Beatles recording of "All You Need Is Love", the words and melody are also considered part of the latter composition. There is no credit given for the extract from "She Loves You" on the film’s end credit sequence. On the twodisc Deluxe Edition of the DVD, credit is given for the extract from "She Loves You."[9]

Soundtrack
The film’s end credits identify 33 Beatles compositions featured in the film, either in their entirety or in part. All of these songs were written between the 1960s and 1970 by the members of The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) and recorded by The Beatles. Twentynine of them are compositions that are officially credited to the songwriting partnership of Lennon-McCartney. Three are credited to George Harrison. One title ("Flying") is a 1967 composition credited to all four members of the Beatles (Lennon-McCartneyHarrison-Starr). Of the 29 songs that bear the official Lennon-McCartney credit, 16 are customarily attributed primarily to Lennon as a writer, and 10 are customarily attributed primarily to McCartney. The remaining three songs ("I Want to Hold Your Hand", "With a Little Help from My Friends", and "A Day in the Life") are titles that Lennon and McCartney have confirmed were written in collaboration.

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the 31-track deluxe edition was the #1 down- 15. "Blue Jay Way" — Secret Machines loaded album on iTunes. Disc 2 The soundtrack includes seven songs from The Beatles (also known as The White Al- 1. "I Am The Walrus" — Bono, Secret Machines bum), five from Magical Mystery Tour, five 2. "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!" — from Abbey Road, four from Sgt. Pepper’s Izzard Lonely Hearts Club Band, three from With The Beatles, two from A Hard Day’s Night, 3. "Because" — Anderson, Carpio, Fuchs, McCoy, Sturgess, Wood two from Let It Be, one from Help!, one from 4. "Something" — Sturgess Rubber Soul, and three other non-album 5. "Oh! Darling" — Fuchs, McCoy singles. 6. "Strawberry Fields Forever" — Anderson, Sturgess Standard edition track list 7. "Revolution" — Sturgess 1. "All My Loving" — Sturgess 8. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" — 2. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" — Carpio McCoy, Sturgess 3. "It Won’t Be Long" — Wood 9. "Across the Universe" — Sturgess 4. "I’ve Just Seen A Face" — Sturgess 10. "Helter Skelter" — Fuchs 5. "Let It Be" — Mitchum, Woods 11. "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" — Anderson, 6. "Come Together" — Cocker Hayek 7. "I Am The Walrus" — Bono 12. "Blackbird" — Wood 8. "Something" — Sturgess 13. "Hey Jude" — Anderson 9. "Oh! Darling" — Fuchs; McCoy 10. "Strawberry Fields Forever" — Anderson, 14. "Don’t Let Me Down" — Fuchs, McCoy 15. "All You Need Is Love" — Carpio, Fuchs, Sturgess McCoy, Sturgess 11. "Across the Universe" — Sturgess 16. "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" — Bono, 12. "Helter Skelter" — Fuchs The Edge 13. "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" — Anderson, Hayek 14. "Blackbird" — Wood 15. "Hey Jude" — Anderson 16. "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" — Bono, The Edge

Release and reception
Release history
The film’s release date and release pattern became the subject of some media and public discussion. The film had been originally scheduled for release in 2006. The release was postponed as the editing process became extended and the subject of internal disputes arose. The film was subsequently scheduled for a wide release on approximately 1,000 U.S. screens on September 28, 2007. In early September 2007, Sony Pictures announced that the release would be brought forward to September 14, 2007, with a "platform release" pattern starting on a small number of screens — with additional screens to be added in subsequent weeks. This proved frustrating for some people as the trailer was attached to Spider-Man 3. The film received its world premiere on Monday, September 10, 2007, at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was then given a very limited "platform release" on 27 screens in the U.S. on Friday, September 14. The film had the second-highest "per-screen" average on its opening weekend. In the

Deluxe Edition track list
(all tracks on CD, except where noted) Disc 1 1. "Girl" — Sturgess 2. "Hold Me Tight" — Wood 3. "All My Loving" — Sturgess 4. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" — Carpio 5. "With A Little Help From My Friends" — Anderson, Sturgess 6. "It Won’t Be Long" — Wood 7. "I’ve Just Seen A Face" — Sturgess 8. "Let It Be (long version)" — Mitchum, Woods 9. "Come Together" — Cocker 10. "Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?" (iTunes edition) 11. "If I Fell" — Wood 12. "I Want You (She’s So Heavy)" (iTunes edition) 13. "Dear Prudence" — Anderson, Fuchs, Sturgess, Wood, Carpio 14. "Flying" — Secret Machines

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following three weeks, the release was gradually expanded to select regions.[11] After four weeks in limited release, on October 12, the film was elevated to a comparatively broader release on 954 U.S. screens, breaking into the U.S. box office top ten at number 8.[11][12][13] The DVD, UMD, and Blu-Ray formats were released on February 5, 2008.[14]

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References
[1] "Movie Review". The New York City Times. September 14, 2007. http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/09/14/ movies/14univ.html. [2] "Photos: The Beatles’ Final Performance". Time.com. http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/ 0,29307,1874628,00.html. Retrieved on 2009-01-30. [3] "A Revolt at Revolution?". Movie & TV News. IMDB.com. March 20, 2007. http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/ 2007-03-20#film1. [4] "More Details of Taymor-Roth Feud". Movie & TV News. IMDB.com. March 21, 2007. http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/ 2007-03-21#film2. [5] Waxman, Sharon (March 20, 2007). "Film Has Two Versions; Only One Is Julie Taymor’s". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/20/ movies/20roth.html?_r=1&oref=slogin. [6] Douglas, Edward (September 18, 2007). "Julie Taymor Soars Across the Universe". ComingSoon.net. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/ movienews.php?id=37341. [7] "What Goes On - The Beatles Anomalies List". http://wgo.signal11.org.uk/ wgo.htm. [8] "Extras - All You Need Is Love / She Loves You". http://wgo.signal11.org.uk/ common/extras-aynil.htm. [9] Across the Universe (DVD). Event occurs at End credits. [10] "Across the Universe Soundtrack : News : Across The Universe Soundtrack available 9/14!". http://www.interscope.com/artist/news/ default.aspx/nid/8676/aid/570. Retrieved on 2007-10-23. [11] ^ Mason, Steve (September 22, 2007). "Friday Box Office: Resident Evil $22M 3-day; Eastern Promises strong; Into The Wild huge". Slashfilm.com. http://www.slashfilm.com/2007/09/22/ friday-box-office-resident-evil-22m-3-dayeastern-promises-strong-into-the-wildhuge. [12] Goodman, Dean (September 30, 2007). "Game Plan conquers Kingdom at box office". Reuters.com. http://www.reuters.com/article/ entertainmentNews/

General reception
The film received mixed reviews from critics. As of 14 February 2009, the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 54% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 144 reviews.[15] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 56/100, based on 29 reviews.[16] However, notable film critic Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times was extremely positive towards the film, giving it four stars, calling it "an audacious marriage of cutting-edge visual techniques, heart-warming performances, 1960s to 1970 history and the Beatles songbook" and calling Julie Taymor an "inventive choreographer". Negative reviews criticized a lack of cohesiveness in plot and an overtly-literal interpretation of The Beatles catalogue of songs. The film appeared on a few critics’ top ten lists of the best films of 2007:[17] • 1st - Carrie Rickey, The Philadelphia Inquirer • 7th - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times[18] • 9th - Stephen Holden, The New York Times;[19] Holden felt the film deserved to be nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director.[20]

Awards
Nominations
• [21] • Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy • • Nominee for Costume Design[22] • [23] • Nominee for Best Film - Wide Release

See also
• The Beatles’ influence on popular culture • List of artists who have covered the Beatles

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