Across the Universe

Across the Universe

DVD - 2008
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"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.'"--Variety
"'Across the Universe' captured my heart, and I realized that falling in love with a movie is like falling in love with another person."--New York Times
"Here is a bold, beautiful, visually enchanting musical where we walk INTO the theater humming the songs."--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Jude, a young dockworker from Liverpool, travels to America, where he falls in love with Lucy, and together they join the Vietnam war protests after Lucy's brother is drafted. Set to some of the Beatles' most popular songs.
Publisher: [United States] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2008
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781424861002
1424861004
Branch Call Number: DVD MUSICAL ACR
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 133 min.) : sd., col.; 4 3/4in

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vickysilva0316
May 17, 2017

I think this movie is a great depiction of the movements in the era from the 1960s and 1970s! What transpired during these times, the demon -strations for peace, the trauma of war on our veterans, the realization youth could have a voice, the coming of age, the drugs, what one considered freedom; couldn't have done a better job. It's all very much as it was in that day. Moreover, being able to work the music into specific scenes and keep the storyline flowing is excellent. For the generation in their 30s whose parents grew up during the 60s / 70s, the movie will give you some idea of what went on. Lots of changes...

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birdy919
Jan 22, 2017

Plays more like a series of short music videos than an actual movie.
Music generally very good ( under direction of T Bone Burnett), lots
of visually interesting effects and choreography. Plot and characters
a muddled choppy mess especially in the second half as it veers
about awkwardly to set up the next musical number.

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Stacie_111
May 28, 2016

I'm a huge musical fan from way back Oliver Twist, West Side Story, Grease I and 2, as well as The Muppet Movie. Saw Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise and I figured Across the Universe is the English version of it and yes it was. Good cultural piece; It did not knock my booties off, tried too hard to make the songs fit into the plot making it drag. Didn't finish it and if I don't get back to it so be it.

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2kool4skool
Mar 27, 2015

Such an amazing movie, truly fantastic. Wonderful music.

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LauraSteinert
Jan 25, 2015

I guess the point is to sell some Beatles music to young people. The storyline is not much, the acting is lame, and the tie-in to the music is tenuous at best. Didn't hate it, but can't think of anything nice to say.

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Nursebob
Jan 03, 2015

What starts out looking like an amateur high school operetta gradually builds into an unexpectedly mature piece of cinema with strong performances throughout and a soundtrack that makes clever use of all those classic Beatles songs. The musical numbers may not always work but when they do they are bang on thanks in large part to some dazzling visuals and Taymor’s overall sense of artistic restraint. No, there are no amazing plot twists and you can guess how it will all end within the first 15 minutes but it’s the journey itself that is so appealing. For those who would accuse this film of being shallow and dull, may I remind you of that other musical based on the Beatles’ music, 1978’s vomit-inducing “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” featuring the Bee Gees. ‘Nuff said.

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FrankJ21
Dec 16, 2014

Integrating familiar songs works very well.
But the script is garbage.

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LisaBSmith
Oct 14, 2014

I LOVED this film and I'm of an age where that makes perfect sense, but my 21 year old daughter loved it too and has watched it over and over. AND my 10 yr. old daughter loves it just as much! This film is for those of us who love music.

geezr_rdr Dec 27, 2013

Julie Taymor:I love you! This is such an enjoyable tribute to the creativity of the Beatles with great cinematography and casting.

aaa5756 Dec 01, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Jun 21, 2010

Sexual Content: Nudity and sexual references

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aaa5756 Dec 01, 2013

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Max: And you know what really pisses me off is I swallowed all those cotton balls and they never even took a damn x-ray.
Hippy dude: You still have options man.
Max: Yeah, jail or Canada and they both suck. I mean I could never come home, so what is it, it's a choice of a 6x4 cell or an endless wasteland of frozen tundra.
Hippy dude: Montreal is cool.
Max: Man, they speak French.
Hippie Guitarist: So learn French. Learn French or die.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Army Sergeant: Is there any reason you shouldn't be in this man's Army?
Max: I'm a cross-dressing homosexual pacifist with a spot on my lung.
Army Sergeant: As long as you don't have flat feet.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

JoJo: Music's the only thing that makes sense anymore, man. Play it loud enough, it keeps the demons at bay.

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Apr 04, 2011

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

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