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)
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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How far will you go to make your dreams come true? 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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Did You Know?


When Woody Allen first approached Philip Glass about doing the film's score, they had an initial meeting in which Glass played him a particularly ominous piece of music. Allen remarked that it was a very heavy section of music and that it would be perfect for establishing the dark mood of the film. Glass interjected with the fact that the music he'd just played was actually the love theme and he hadn't gotten round to writing anything ominous yet! 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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Referenced in Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007) See more »


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Nothing brilliant, but entertaining nonetheless
18 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film yesterday, and went in with no idea what to expect. All I knew was it was a new Woody Allen movie with Collin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Wilkinson, and supposedly rather dark.

Dark it was, but not overwhelmingly so. Farrell and McGregor play London brothers who are hard-up for cash, both with love interests that they're looking to take care of. Their rich Uncle Howard (Wilkinson) agrees to help them out as usual, if they do him a favor and "get rid of" a business relation who poses a threat to his finances. Despite many doubts, their situations are pressing, and the young men agree. The story then follows the different ways they deal with the factual immorality of what they have done.

It's not exactly a cheery film, but it isn't quite an intense, ominous drama, either, like the somewhat similar brothers-in-trouble based melodrama 'Before the Devil Knows You're Dead' that was recently released. In 'Dream,' there's a thin layer of dark humor that adds a refreshing twist here and there.

Everything was good on the acting end, though not mind-blowing; both McGregor and especially Farrell gave strong performances. The story, though rather predictable, is still enjoyable. Nice use of London and the British countryside on Allen's part. Overall, it's a solid film that will entertain, but that's about it.

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