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Back in New York, Sadie is performing on stage when Jojo starts attempting to outshine her, leading to a bitter breakup and musical split between them. Finally, Jude storms into the SDR office and points out the hypocrisy of the group's actions ("Revolution"), leading to an argument with Lucy in which she leaves him ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps").
Jude follows Lucy to an anti-war demonstration at Columbia University ("Across the Universe") but when the police start arresting the protesters (including Lucy and Paco), Jude tries to help Lucy but is beaten by police and arrested ("Helter Skelter").
The film begins in an unspecified year of the 1960s with Jude, a young shipyard worker from Liverpool, reminiscing about a girl he once knew and loved on the Liverpudlian beach ("Girl").Max brings Jude to the rooftop, but the police arrive to break up the concert and Lucy down on the street cannot get through the barricade.Jude manages to remain on the roof and begins to sing ("All You Need Is Love"). Max draws Jude's attention to an opposite rooftop where Lucy is standing and looking at him.When Daniel is killed in Vietnam, Lucy decides to visit Max in New York before starting college ("Why Don't We Do It in the Road? She and Jude fall in love ("If I Fell"), while Max is drafted into the army ("I Want You (She's So Heavy)").Prudence is attracted to Sadie, and becomes depressed when Sadie and Jojo begin a relationship.