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Across the Universe (2007)

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Across the Universe is a jukebox musical romantic drama film directed by Julie Taymor, centered on songs by the English rock band the Beatles. The script is based on an original story credited to Taymor, Dick Clement, and Ian La Frenais. 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 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 begins in an unspecified year of the 1960s with Jude, a young shipyard worker in Liverpool, reminiscing about a girl he once knew and loved. Some time prior, Jude enlisted in the Merchant Navy and then jumped ship in New Jersey, hoping to find his American G.I. father, whom he has never met. He promises to write to his girlfriend while Lucy Carrigan worries about her boyfriend, Daniel, who is headed for service in the Vietnam War. In Dayton, Ohio, cheerleader Prudence pines for a fellow female cheerleader, and then drops out of school in shame. Jude meets his father, who is a janitor at Princeton University, and befriends Lucy’s brother, the privileged and rebellious Max. Lucy receives a letter from Daniel, but Max introduces her to Jude, who he brings home for Thanksgiving. Dinner with Max’s family turns into an argument where Max announces that he’s dropping out of college, after which Max takes Jude and Lucy bowling, and Jude becomes attracted to Lucy.

Director: Julie Taymor

Writers: Dick Clement (screenplay & story), Ian La Frenais (screenplay & story), Julie Taymor (story)

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther, T.V. Carpio, Spencer Liff

Cast:

Evan Rachel WoodLucy Carrigan
Jim SturgessJude
Joe AndersonMax Carrigan
Dana FuchsSadie
Martin LutherJo-Jo (as Martin Luther McCoy)
T.V. CarpioPrudence
Spencer LiffDaniel
Lisa Dwyer HoggMolly (Jude’s Liverpool Girlfriend) (as Lisa Hogg)
Nicholas LumleyCyril
Michael RyanPhil
Angela MounseyMartha Feeny – Jude’s Mother
Erin ElliottCheer Coach
Robert ClohessyWesley ‘Wes’ Huber – Jude’s Father
Christopher TierneyDorm Buddy / Dancer
Curtis HolbrookDorm Buddy
John Jeffrey MartinDorm Buddy
Matt CaplanDorm Buddy
Timothy R. Boyce Jr.Jock (as T.R. Boyce Jr.)
Aisha De HaasTavern Waitress
Leah HockingTavern Waitress
Bill BuellOld Guy at Tavern
Ellen HornbergerJulia Carrigan – Lucy’s Sister
Amanda ColeEmily
Danya TaymorHigh School Girlfriend
Dylan BakerMr. Carrigan – Lucy’s Father
Linda EmondMrs. Carrigan – Lucy’s Mother
Lynn CohenGrandmother Carrigan
Bill IrwinUncle Teddy
Jennifer Van DyckDaniel’s Mother
Timmy MitchumJo-Jo’s Brother (as Timothy T. Mitchum)
Carol WoodsGospel Singer
Elain R. GrahamJo-Jo’s Mother (as Elain Graham)
OrfehHooker
Antonique SmithHooker
Tracy Nicole ChapmanHooker
Yassmin AlersHooker
Deidre GoodwinHooker
Joe CockerBum / Pimp / Mad Hippie
Jacob PittsRap Magazine Employee
Staceyann ChinRap Magazine Employee (as Staceyanne Chin)
Jeanine SerrallesDani
Leonard TuckerKatz’s Waiter
Daniel Stewart ShermanCop at Wharf Warehouse
Harry LennixArmy Sergeant
Logan Marshall-GreenPaco
James UrbaniakSadie’s Manager
Kathleen EarlySDR Worker
Ching Valdes-AranLuna Park
BonoDr. Robert
Daniel EzralowMother Superior
Kiva DawsonMax’s Girl
Halley Wegryn GrossMax’s Girl
Luther CreekPrankster
Jerzy GwiazdowskiPrankster
Arabella HolzbogPrankster
Ambrose MartosPrankster
Peter MuiPrankster
Karine PlantaditPrankster
Dan WeltnerPrankster
Christopher YoungsmanPrankster
Eddie IzzardMr. Kite
Ekaterina SknarinaRita
Tracy WestmorelandFillmore Manager
Ron Cephas JonesBlack Panther
William W. WilsonPrecinct House Sergeant (as W. W. Wilson III)
Salma HayekSinging Nurse
Luke CresswellTramp Drumming on Bin Lids
Jarlath ConroyBartender at Max’s Bar
Mandy GonzalezSadie’s Singer
Destan OwensSadie’s Singer
Cicily DanielsSadie’s Singer
Saycon SengblohSadie’s Singer
Sam KitchinSergeant on Rooftop
Chris McGarrySergeant on Rooftop
Frank HopfDoor Officer at Strawberry Records
‘Cousin Brucie’ MorrowSelf (voice) (as Cousin Brucie Morrow)
Navarra Novy-WilliamsHigh School Girlfriend
Sarah Jayne JensenHigh School Girlfriend
Michelle LoucadouxHigh School Girlfriend (as Michelle Lookadoo)
Geoffrey CountrymanHigh School Dance Band
Julien JoyHigh School Dance Band
Conrad KorschHigh School Dance Band
Brian MckennaHigh School Dance Band (as Brian McKenna)
Jack PetruzzelliHigh School Dance Band (as Jack Petricelli)
Timothy KeiperSadie’s Band
Arthur LewisSadie’s Band
Mark LewisSadie’s Band
Bryan NollSadie’s Band
Michael ArenellaCircus Band
Cyro BaptistaCircus Band
Frank FigheraCircus Band
Ritt HennCircus Band
Mark StewartCircus Band
Bruce WilliamsonCircus Band
Charles DraytonSadie’s Rooftop Band
Thomas GrassoSadie’s Rooftop Band
Joey SykesSadie’s Rooftop Band (as Joey Sykes)
Paul WallfischSadie’s Rooftop Band
Caryn AllenGospel Choir
Ronald BlackmanGospel Choir

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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