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Cassandra's Dream -- 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.
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Cassandra's Dream -- Clip: Take care of Burns
Cassandra's Dream -- Interview: Ewan McGregor "On the story"
Cassandra's Dream -- Clip: It's murder


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Writer (WGA):
Woody Allen (written by)
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18 January 2008 (USA) See more »
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The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go badly and the two become enemies. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ewan McGregor ... Ian

Colin Farrell ... Terry
Peter-Hugo Daly ... Boat Owner (as Peter Hugo-Daly)

John Benfield ... Father

Clare Higgins ... Mother

Ashley Madekwe ... Lucy (as Ashley Medekwe)

Andrew Howard ... Jerry

Hayley Atwell ... Angela

Sally Hawkins ... Kate
Keith Smee ... Terry's Track Mate
Stephen Noonan ... Mel
Dan Carter ... Fred

Richard Lintern ... Director

Jennifer Higham ... Helen
Lee Whitlock ... Mike
Michael Harm ... Estate Agent
Hugh Rathbone ... Poker Player
Allan Ramsey ... Poker Player

Paul Marc Davis ... Poker Player (as Paul Davis)
Terry Budin-Jones ... Poker Player (as Terry Budin Jones)
Franck Viano ... Poker Player
Tommy Mack ... Poker Player
Milo Bodrozic ... Poker Player
Emily Gilchrist ... Dora

Tom Wilkinson ... Howard

Philip Davis ... Martin Burns (as Phil Davis)
George Richmond ... Bernard
Phyllis Roberts ... Burns' Mother (voice)

Tamzin Outhwaite ... Burns' Date

Cate Fowler ... Angela's Mom
David Horovitch ... Angela's Dad
Matt Bardock ... Jaguar Owner

Jim Carter ... Garage Boss
Tom Fisher ... Nigel
Paul Gardner ... Bentley Salesman
Mark Umbers ... Eisley
Maggie McCarthy ... Servant
Richard Graham ... Detective
Ross Boatman ... Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tom Clear ... Photographer (uncredited)

Kenneth Edelson ... Tim - Screenwriter (uncredited)
James Fiddy ... Background (uncredited)
Scott Wickes ... Local Businessman (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
Writing credits
Woody Allen (written by)

Produced by
Letty Aronson .... producer
Nicky Kentish Barnes .... co-producer
Brahim Chioua .... executive producer
Charles H. Joffe .... co-executive producer
Vincent Maraval .... executive producer
Helen Robin .... co-producer
Jack Rollins .... co-executive producer
Stephen Tenenbaum .... producer
Gareth Wiley .... producer
Daniel Wührmann .... executive producer
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
Film Editing by
Alisa Lepselter 
Casting by
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto 
Gail Stevens 
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Maria Djurkovic 
Art Direction by
Nick Palmer 
Set Decoration by
Tatiana Macdonald 
Costume Design by
Jill Taylor 
Makeup Department
Francesco Alberico .... hair stylist
Sallie Jaye .... hair designer
Sallie Jaye .... makeup designer
Sharon Martin .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tori Parry .... unit production manager
Helen Robin .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Chasey .... third assistant director
Todd Embling .... assistant director
Ben Howarth .... first assistant director
Beatrice Manning .... stand-in assistant director
Samantha Smith McGrady .... second assistant director (as Samantha Smith)
Catherine Tyler .... additional third assistant director
Art Department
Liz Ainley .... production buyer
Mat Bergel .... stand-by props
David Broadfoot .... standby rigger
David Creed .... construction manager
Chris Cull .... property master
Jonathan Downing .... dressing prop
Stuart Headley-Read .... dressing props: dailies (as Stuart Read)
Ben Johnson .... dressing props
Ben Johnson .... dressing props
Dan Johnson .... set dresser
Ray McNeill .... prop storeman
Catherine Palmer .... art department assistant
Elizabeth Palmer .... props
Simon Riley .... stand-by props
Sarah Stuart .... stand-by art director
Ian Taylor .... stand-by carpenter
Sound Department
Jorge Adrados .... sound assistant
Esther Asiedu-Ofei .... sound trainee
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Glossop .... sound mixer
Matthew Haasch .... foley supervisor
Robert Hein .... sound
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Shaun Mills .... boom operator
Igor Nikolic .... foley editor
Dave Paterson .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
David Wahnon .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Paul Alexiou .... visual effects film editorial: MPC
Matthew Bristowe .... digital lab producer: MPC
Michelle Corney .... visual effects producer
Qian Han .... digital compositor
Martin Hobbs .... head of production
Begoña Lopez .... digital lab producer: MPC
Victoria Mowlam .... visual effects coordinator: MPC
Miquel Ubeda .... digital compositor: MPC London
George Cottle .... stunt double
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Coates .... generator operator
Ann Marie Crotty .... camera trainee
Tony Goulding .... electrician
Brian Greenway .... central loader
Stewart Hadley .... rigging gaffer
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Paul Kelly .... electrician
Alan Martin .... gaffer
Calum McFarlane .... additional camera operator
Shaun Mone .... electrician
Dave Moore .... best boy electric (as David Moore)
Luke Myslowski .... daily grip
Peter Myslowski .... key grip
George Richmond .... Steadicam operator
George Richmond .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jonathan 'Chunky' Richmond .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, steadicam
Alexandre Szabo-Fresnais .... assistant camera
Rob Walton .... electrician
Casting Department
William Davies .... casting associate
Julie Schubert .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Beale .... costume stand-by
Tracey Millar .... wardrobe mistress
Charlotte Sewell .... assistant costume designer
David Wooton .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Lorene Dewett .... apprentice editor: dailies
Elise DuRant .... assistant editor
Kate Rose Itzkowitz .... assistant editor
Scott Kordish .... post-production coordinator
Mark Neale .... assistant editor: dailies
Morgan Neville .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... assistant music editor
Dan Bora .... music engineer
Trevor Gureckis .... score preparation
Jim Keller .... executive music producer
Zoe Knight .... music administrator: Dunvagen music publishers
Nico Muhly .... score preparation
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Michael Riesman .... conductor
Christian Rutledge .... music production coordinator
Alex Venguer .... assistant music engineer
Stacey Wong .... music intern
Transportation Department
Roy Clarke .... transportation captain
Lee Isgar .... driver: Ewan Mcgregor
Tony Jayes .... driver: Colin Farrell
Llewellyn Thomas .... camera car driver
Other crew
Sarah Allentuch .... assistant: Mr. Allen
Kim Armitage .... script supervisor
Daren Bailey .... marine coordinator
Philip Ball .... stand-in
Jack Birmingham .... marine crew: second unit, marine
Kate Bone .... location assistant
Finlay Bradbury .... assistant location manager (as Finlay Pile)
David Campbell-Bell .... assistant location manager
Bruno Cassoni .... floor runner
Leah Chalk .... health and safety
Miranda Colman .... floor runner
Ian Creed .... marine coordinator
Francesca Dowd .... production coordinator
Richard Etchells .... title designer (as Dickie Etchells)
Lucy Foulds .... location coordinator
Synnove Godeseth .... assistant location manager (as Synnöve Godeseth)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative
Michael Harm .... location manager
Lisa Heathcote .... food stylist
Richard Hill .... assistant location manager
Natasha Hook .... unit nurse
Robert Karn .... production assistant
Sage Lehman .... assistant: Mr. Allen
Pietro Lorino Jr. .... post-production accountant
Ciaran Moran .... accounts trainee
Adrien Moscovici .... production assistant
Kurt Munkacsi .... assistant: Philip Glass
Louise O'Malley .... production accountant
Lee Robertson .... assistant location manager
Cassandra Sigsgaard .... clearances coordinator
Kerry Smith .... assistant accountant
Alice Syed .... assistant production coordinator
Catherine Tyler .... floor runner
Joan Washington .... dialect coach
Ante Novakovic .... assistant: Colin Farrell (uncredited)
Carol Donaldson .... grateful acknowledgment
Claudia Downes .... grateful acknowledgment
Alberta Ferretti .... grateful acknowledgment
Greg Johnson .... grateful acknowledgment
Ella Moss .... grateful acknowledgment
Emily Young .... grateful acknowledgment

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexual material and brief violence
108 min
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Sally Hawkins dyed her hair blonde for the film.See more »
Continuity: 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?
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100 out of 140 people found the following review useful.
A Tale of Two Brothers, 19 November 2007
Author: mjsinclair from Switzerland

Woody Allen has a genius for creating fully fledged characters in minimum time. A few minutes into the opening scene which shows the two brothers buying a boat that they cannot afford, we already understand that theirs is a genuine, close and mutually supportive relationship – a relationship which will be severely tested later on.

Two brothers aspiring to improve their lives in very different ways: one hoping to win enough money through gambling on dogs and poker, the other through investing in restaurants and property in Los Angeles.

Two brothers who both need money for very different reasons: one to escape the clutches of loan sharks who would break his legs, the other to escape to LA with the beautiful, sophisticated woman of his dreams.

Two brothers dealing with guilt and remorse in very different ways: one suffering ever deepening mental anguish and sleepless nights, the other pragmatically shrugging off "the past" as he ambitiously plans his future.

Shot in London, with an all British cast, the standard of acting is of the highest quality. The brothers' contrasting personalities are played to perfection by Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor. Hayley Atwell (who like McGregor, also trained at the Guildhall School in London), would give Scarlett Johansson a run for her money as the sexy, sultry, siren, while Sally Hawkins shines as Farrell's homely, happy girlfriend.

With unremarkable, minimalist music from Philip Glass, matched by minimalist opening and closing credits, and editing which leaves-in scenes which should have been taken out, the film gives the impression that it was made in a hurry.

Yes, this is a film from a Woody Allen, who is not at his very best. However, at nearly 72 years of age and after writing and directing over 40 films, receiving 3 Oscars and over 77 other awards, his genius is surely entitled to a day off. This time it is the actors who carry the day.

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