Cassandra's Dream

October 26th, 2007


Cassandra's Dream

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Still of Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell and Tom Wilkinson in Cassandra's DreamStill of Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Sally Hawkins and Hayley Atwell in Cassandra's DreamWoody Allen at event of Cassandra's DreamEwan McGregor at event of Cassandra's DreamColin Farrell at event of Cassandra's DreamWoody Allen at event of Cassandra's Dream

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.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.8/10 (26,730 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

Director: Woody Allen

Stars: Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell

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.

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

Taglines: Family is family. Blood is blood.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Italy] |

Release Date: 26 October 2007

Filming Locations: 7 Barlby Road, Kensington, London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: £13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $437,643 (USA) (20 January 2008) (107 Screens)

Gross: $971,561 (USA) (17 February 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

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."

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

[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.

User Review

Woody Dostoyevsky

Rating: 8/10

Crime and punishment in a modern, anonymous London. Two perfectly matched, mismatched brothers. Yachts that cannot afford, dreams of Hotels in California and an everyday of losing and losing. An opportunity with a huge catch attached to it and, of course, the inexorable is waiting. Crisp, fast dialogue. Excellent performances by Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrel as the brothers, an outstanding bit by Clare Higgins as the mother and the ubiquitous Tom Wilkinson as the rich uncle from America. There is something endearing about the dimness of the two brothers and we follow their predicament appalled and entertained. The ending feels a bit rushed. I longed to be part of those final instants just to catch a glimpse of that ultimate decision. A morality tale from Woody Allen, what next?


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