Cassandra's Dream

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: The Weinstein Co.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

Oh, she's a beauty.

I mean, look at her.

She's not new, but she looks new.

- He said the engine needed work.

- I could do the engine.

I can't believe he's asking so little.

It's practically a steal.

John Anderson said we could

keep it at his marina free of charge...

at least for a year

till his son comes back.

Oh, here he comes. Don't show you're

too eager or he won't budge on the price.

- All right?

- Right.

Ain't she a beauty? A little work

and she'll be in perfect condition.

Yeah, well, let's face it. It's more

than a little work she needs, isn't it?

What's the best price

you can do us?

- A boat like this is worth every bit of 6,000.

- Six grand? Are you joking?

Six is a bargain. The owner died

and his mum's got to get rid of it fast.

All right, but the engine's done

and the hull needs work as well.

She could be made seaworthy

in no time.

Take a look at the condition she's in.

Practically mint.

Look, we're just working lads.

We don't have this kind of money.

To get a SCOD like this for six

is a once-in-a-lifetime.

- Look, can you give us a minute?

Just give us a minute. Terry.

- What?

There's plenty of others

interested in her if you're not.

I could put in 800. Christ, you break

your back and it's hard to save a penny.

- Where you'd get 800 quid from?

- I won 400 at cards.

- Did you?

- Yeah.

Come on, you got

some savings, Ian.

But I'm trying to get my end

of a business deal up.

I could match your 800, but I promised Dad

I'd take a pay cut 'cause business is so bad.

Bet if Uncle Howard was here

he'd loan it to us.

- Yeah, I thought of that. But he's away.

- They must have phones in China.

- It's like Howard's boat, isn't it?

- Yeah.

I mean, it's smaller, but it's so much better

a nick than I thought we could afford.

Remember when we were kids?

- Uncle Howard bought us that boat in Ireland?

- Oh, yeah.

- What a summer.

- Yeah.

I've got to have this boat.

We could pay it off in installments.

I got four numbers in the lottery

last week. Can you believe four?

- Should we do it? Right.

- Yeah, let's do it.

What the hell do you need a boat for?

And how are you gonna pay for it?

- It's secondhand.

- So you're buying someone else's headaches.

No, we're doing an incredible job

fixing it up. You ought to see it.

It's cleaning up like new.

Pay more attention to the restaurant

and less to dreams of the open sea.

You're a bright boy if your head

wasn't always in the clouds.

I wasn't put on this earth

to run a restaurant.

Remember when Uncle Howard bought me

and Ian that boat when we were kids?

What a summer.

Your Uncle Howard's

opening a clinic in China.

He's studying

the Chinese language.

Can you imagine at his age

learning a hard language like that?

- He's brilliant.

- I'm unimpressed.

You can't afford to be


because the man makes more money

in a week than you earn in a year.

He's got clinics in Switzerland

and Hollywood, and now China.

Hollywood's where he belongs. All those phonies

lining up like sheep for his plastic surgery.

Mom, can we have one Sunday lunch

where we don't have this conversation?

Well, puts on airs,

takes himself so seriously.

Could we have afforded this house

without my brother's generosity?

Could we have got by over the years

on his paltry earnings?

I mean, who paid

for the holidays?

Who lent us the money when we needed it,

when he wanted to start his restaurant?

If my bloody partner didn't steal from me-

That's what gave me the heart attack.

Howard started with nothing and he paid

his own way through his medical studies.

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