Cassandra's Dream (2007)



Critic Consensus: Colin Farrell and Tom Wilkinson act up a storm in Cassandra's Dream, but Woody Allen's heavy-handed symbolism and foreshadowing drains the plot of all tension.

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Two brothers with serious financial woes are approached by a third party to commit a crime, but things go bad and the brothers become enemies.
PG-13 (for thematic elements, some sexual material and some sexuality)
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Hayley Atwell
as Angela Stark
Tom Wilkinson
as Howard
Philip Davis
as Martin Burns
John Benfield
as Father
Paul Davis
as Poker Player
Peter Hugo
as Boat Owner
Clare Higgins
as Mother
Peter-Hugo Daly
as Boat Owner
Keith Smee
as Terry's Track Mate
Dan Carter
as Fred
Richard Lintern
as Director
Michael Harm
as Estate Agent
Michael Harmon
as Estate Agent
Phyllis Roberts
as Burns' Mother
Tamzin Outhwaite
as Burns' Date
Cate Fowler
as Angela's Mother
David Horovitch
as Angela's Father
Matt Bardock
as Jaguar Owner
Jim Carter
as Garage Boss
Mark Umbers
as Eisley
Hugh Rathbone
as Poker Player No.1
Allan Ramsey
as Poker Player No.2
Paul Marc Davis
as Poker Player No.3
Matt Barlock
as Jaguar Owner
Terry Budin Jones
as Poker Player
Franck Viano
as Poker Player No.5
Tom Fisher
as Nigel
Tommy Mack
as Poker Player No.6
Milo Bodrozic
as Poker Player No.7
Richard Graham
as Detective No.1
Ross Boatman
as Detective No.2
Phil Davis
as Martin Burns
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Critic Reviews for Cassandra's Dream

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (37)

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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Farrell and McGregor bring much to their make Cassandra's Dream an effective and chilling ride.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's enough to make you pine for the good old days -- back when life was only partly ironic and Woody was totally funny.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

These characters not only don't talk like working-class Londoners, they don't talk like anyone.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Top Critic

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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cassandra's Dream


If Woody Allen was trying to capture the magic of his dark crime drama Match Point once again, he sure didn't do it here. That's a shame too, because this had a lot of potential. The film follows two cash strapped brothers played by Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell who agree to kill a business associate for their wealthy uncle played by the always reliable class act Tom Wilkinson. There's also love going on as well, with Hayley Atwell being the main attraction for McGregor. Though she got major exposure later in Captain America: The First Avenger, she proves quite appealing here, too. The main plot wouldn't be so bad had this not been released around the same time as Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead- a much similar, but far superior crime thriller. Also, though the film skirts around it, it ultimately fails to live up to the hope of fully incorporating the ideas from the folklore figure Cassandra the ignored doomsayer. The film is shot extremely well, looks gorgeous, and has some great music, and, while it is fun to see the two male leads interact, none of the performers really bring their A game, and that includes Allen. The lack of heart and soul to the proceedings is quite obvious, and ultimately this comes off as less of an earnest effort and more of just something Allen made just to fulfill his pattern of releasing at least one film a year.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

I have never been a fan of Woody Allen films, but the last couple that I have seen have surprised me...I can actually say that I have liked them. Hmmmm. Go figure. I have noticed, however, that fans of Woody Allen films have not. Maybe this is a new era for him. Hope so...This movie has some great acting, especially from Colin Farrell, and a decent storyline. Reminds me of a Hitchcock type of film.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


I don't remember anything about this movie and I watched it about a month ago so I guess that's all that needs saying about it.

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer

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