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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 badly and the two become enemies.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Ian Blaine
Colin Farrell ... Terry Blaine
Peter-Hugo Daly Peter-Hugo Daly ... Boat Owner (as Peter Hugo-Daly)
John Benfield ... Brian Blaine
Clare Higgins ... Dorothy Blaine
Ashley Madekwe ... Lucy (as Ashley Medekwe)
Andrew Howard ... Jerry
Hayley Atwell ... Angela Stark
Sally Hawkins ... Kate
Keith Smee Keith Smee ... Terry's Track Mate
Stephen Noonan Stephen Noonan ... Mel
Dan Carter Dan Carter ... Fred
Richard Lintern ... Director
Jennifer Higham ... Helen
Lee Whitlock 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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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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Details

Official Sites:

TFM Distribution [France]

Country:

USA | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Summer Project 2006 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$437,643, 20 January 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$971,561, 17 February 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The London restaurant Claridges, referred to several times and featured in the movie, is owned by chef Gordon Ramsay of television fame. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Referenced in Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Show Me the Way to Go Home
Written by Irving King (as Irving Kind) & Hal Swain
Performed by Colin Farrell & Ewan McGregor
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Suspenseful and engaging film from Woody Allen
16 February 2008 | by Gordon-11See 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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