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Cassandra's Dream (2007)

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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

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Ian
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Boat Owner (as Peter Hugo-Daly)
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Father
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Lucy (as Ashley Medekwe)
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Jerry
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Keith Smee ...
Terry's Track Mate
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Mel
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Fred
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Helen
Lee Whitlock ...
Mike
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Storyline

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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money | loan | loan shark | hotel | sailboat | See more »

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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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31 October 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Summer Project 2006  »

Box Office

Budget:

£13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£47,359 (UK) (23 May 2008)

Gross:

£47,359 (UK) (23 May 2008)
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Trivia

Colin Farrell said in an interview that he "think[s] [he] did as many takes for this whole film as I did for one scene in Miami Vice (2006)." See more »

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

Quotes

[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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Written by Edgard Jaude (as Edgard E. Jaude), Sophia Kartadinata-Levy & Philip G. Levy
Performed by Sophia
Courtesy of Barbara L. Jordan/Heavy Hitters Music
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Suspenseful and engaging film from Woody Allen
16 February 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about two brothers having to resort to criminal means in order to get funds to pay off loans and to pursue dreams.

Continuing with Woody Allen's infatuation with Britain, "Cassandra's Dream" is set in Britain with a predominantly British cast. Ewan McGregor is a rising star with great plans for the future, while Colin Farrell is a messed up guy who drinks and gambles excessively. Both of these brothers are convincingly introduced and portrayed. Their bond with each other, their past childhood, hopes and dreams are presented, making them very believable and real as people. When they are faced with a moral dilemma, the role seems to be reversed. As a result of this well written and executed plot, I find this film engaging and suspenseful.

I particularly like the moral struggle, and the contrast between the two brothers that play against their stereotype. Colin Farrell is particularly great in this film, his portrayal of a depressed person is convincing and moving.

It is also striking that Woody Allen has very much toned down the paranoia in "Cassandra's Dream". I miss the comedic paranoia such as "Anything Else". However, "Cassandra's Dream" is still very much a Woody Allen film, with the same witty and crisp dialogs, and right to the point scenes.

I find "Cassandra's Dream" very entertaining and gripping.


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