Cassandra's Dream

 (302)6.61 h 48 min2008PG-13
Two financially strapped brothers must face the moral dilemma of being paid to "eliminate" a family business acquaintance at the behest of their rich uncle.
Woody Allen
Colin FarrellEwan McGregorTom Wilkinson
English [CC]
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Sally Hawkins
Letty AronsonStephen Tenenbaum
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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january0109Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Comparable to Match Point....
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I love this movie, which is comparable in style to Woody Allen's Match Point, which is my favorite of his movies. Everything about this movie was great. I don't have any knocks. The acting relationship between Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor (who play brothers) was particularly entertaining to me. I generally appreciate Woody Allen movies, but I much prefer this style over his typical silly, satirical style where he typecasts himself as a neurotic fool. I wish Allen would make more like this!
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Robert CooperReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great achievement
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Story, casting, direction, music, locations all top flight! I loved it. It is up there with Match Point as one of the best noires of recent years, though this one goes back a bit. I had never even heard of it. So glad to have been made aware and for it being available on Prime. I will watch this again.
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RANDELReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Worthy of comparison with Billy Wilder, I had no idea Allen could direct this persuasively. If you like Noir, you won't be disappointed.
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MareReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I swore I'd never watch a Woody Allen film
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I didn't know it was one of his. He's a paedophile and should be in jail.
I wish I'd checked before I watched it.
It still stuns me that depraved people can create so well. What a shame.
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Harry OReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Underrated Woody
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Terribly underrated by the critics, this film needs to be taken as the third part of Woody Allen's morality trilogy (assuming that there are no more films to come from Woody in this genre) that began with the brilliant Crimes and Misdemeanors and Match Point. [Note: there may be some spoilers that follow] Obviously influenced greatly by Dostoevsky (specifically, Crime And Punishment), Woody is still exploring whether man can get away with crime as long as his conscience does not betray him. In Match Point he adds the element of fate. In Crimes and Match Point he focuses on a single criminal, but in Cassandra's Dream the crime is committed by two men and we see one betrayed by conscience, the other not. Woody takes theme this to a logical and staisfying conclusion. Ewan MacGregor and Collin Farrell are both terrific as the brothers, and Tom Wilkinson is superb, as usual, in his short but crucial role.
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mary f perezReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cassandra's Dream
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Woody Allen has done a great job with so many serious movies but I think this one was the best yet. There's nothing sentimental about it, it's real. His choice of Ewan MacGregor and Colin Ferrell was brilliant as Ferrell and his guilt that gets worse daily and Ewan's regret at what he has to now do is great.
They begin as happy go lucky brothers who are more or less goaded into this awful act by their uncle played by Tom Wilkinson whom they adore as their mother is constantly singing her brothers' praises. It's a wonderful movie, completely entertaining. And it shows the brilliance of Allen as he can be so versatile, you won't hear any Gershwin tunes in this flick!
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curious catReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Holy cow. The acting is so intense, I was sick with fear watching this.
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Great Film, out of this world performances. Woody Allen never ceases to amaze me.
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DetectorReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
something missing, still worth a watch
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i dunno doestoyevski could do it but a tough one for a woody movie. there's some character develo[ment and some good writing in there and fine acting from the irish fellow especially. Ending was shopworn and dullminded.
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