Across the Universe (film)

Across the Universe is a 2007 jukebox musical romantic drama film directed by Julie Taymor, centered on songs by The Beatles. The script is based on an original story credited to Taymor, Dick Clement, and Ian La Frenais, and based on the song of the same name by Lennon–McCartney. It incorporates 34 compositions originally written by members of The Beatles. The film 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, and Salma Hayek, among others.

Across the Universe
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJulie Taymor
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Dick Clement
  • Ian La Frenais
  • Julie Taymor
Produced by
CinematographyBruno Delbonnel
Edited byFrançoise Bonnot
Music byElliot Goldenthal
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release dates
  • September 14, 2007 (2007-09-14) (TIFF)
  • October 12, 2007 (2007-10-12) (United States)
Running time
133 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Budget$70.8 million[2]
Box office$29.6 million[3]

Across the Universe premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 2007, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 12 by Columbia Pictures. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with many praising the visuals, cast and singing performances, though criticized the plot and direction. The film was a major box office bomb, failing to earn even half of its total production budget at the box office. The film received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design. 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.

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