Cassandra's Dream (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  18 January 2008 (USA)
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The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go bad and the two become enemies.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter-Hugo Daly ...
Boat Owner (as Peter Hugo-Daly)
Lucy (as Ashley Medekwe)
Andrew Howard ...
Keith Smee ...
Terry's Track Mate
Stephen Noonan ...
Dan Carter ...
Lee Whitlock ...


Two London brothers are hard-up for cash, and both have girls to look out for, too. When rich Uncle Howard comes to town and agrees to help them out, he admits his finances are under investigation, and he asks them to do him a favor and "take care of" an old business relation to keep his trouble under wraps - he says that they're family, and since he always takes care of them, the least they could do is help him out this once, as they're the only ones he can trust. The film follows their struggle with the immorality of this request and how each brother chooses to deal with it. Written by Anonymous

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Family is family. Blood is blood. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexual material and brief violence | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

18 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Summer Project 2006  »

Box Office


£13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$437,643 (USA) (18 January 2008)


£47,359 (UK) (23 May 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is the first Woody Allen film to be released with a stereo soundtrack. See more »


When distraught Terry comes to discuss murder at Ian's apartment, the whiskey bottle comes out twice after changing camera shot angle. See more »


[first lines]
Ian: Ah, she's a beauty! I mean, look her - she's not new, but she looks new. He said the engine needed work.
Terry: I could do the engine.
Ian: I can't believe he's asking so little. It's practically a steal.
Terry: John Anderson said we could keep it at his marina - free of charge - at least for a year till his son comes back.
Ian: Ah, here he comes. Don't show you're too eager or he won't budge on the price, all right?
Terry: Right.
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Crossing the Line of Morality
21 September 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In London, the loser brothers from a working-class family, Ian (Ewan McGregor) and Terry (Colin Farrell), buy a second-hand sailboat name Cassandra's Dream for their leisure. Ian poses of big shot and has big dreams, saving money to invest in two hotels in California while the unstable Terry is an alcoholic gambler addicted in pills and mechanic. When Terry loses a great amount in a card game, Ian lends his savings to pay part of the sum Terry owes to loan sharks. When their wealthy uncle Howard (Tom Wilkinson) arrives in London coming from China, the brothers see the chance to borrow the money they need to quit the debt with the loan sharks and to invest in the hotel. However, Howard asks them to get rid of his former associated Martin Burns (Phil Davis) that is threatening him and his businesses. Ian and Terry have to decide whether they shall cross the line and help family or face the lack the money to resolve their issues.

"Cassandra's Dream" is a tragic thriller where the plot point is the moral decision of two simple but honest brothers whether they should cross the line, commit murder and live with that later. Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor have great performances and their characters are perfectly developed; Hayley Atwell is extremely gorgeous. However, Martin Burns is not well-developed, maybe intentionally by the writer and director Woody Allen, to keep a distance from the viewer the same way Ian and Terry do in the story. The tension in the plot is limited, actually prevailing the dramatic moral fight of Terry and Ian later in this engaging movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Sonho de Cassandra" ("The Cassandra's Dream")

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