6.7/10
116
4 user 3 critic

Tell Me a Riddle (1980)

PG | | Drama | 12 March 1982 (Sweden)
Touching story of elderly couple David and Eva who go on one last journey across the USA when they discover Eva is dying, ending up with their granddaughter Jeannie in San Francisco.

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Hot Touch (1981)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A master art forger and his partner in crime, an art expert who can vouch for the authenticity of the forgeries, are making a bundle. An art dealer figures out their scheme but agrees to keep quite if they forge some art lost in WWII.

Director: Roger Vadim
Stars: Wayne Rogers, Marie-France Pisier, Lloyd Bochner
Utilities (1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Director: Harvey Hart
Stars: Robert Hays, Brooke Adams, John Marley
Almost You (1985)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Alex and Erica Boyer's marriage is in a crisis: job and wife bore Alex. When Erica has an accident that has her staying in a wheel chair for some time, it changes their life: Alex meets ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Brooks
Stars: Brooke Adams, Griffin Dunne, Karen Young
Intimate Strangers (TV Movie 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The pressures of problems at home and at work are taking a tremendous toll on a middle-aged husband, and he begins to take it out on his wife.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Dennis Weaver, Sally Struthers, Tyne Daly
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The two least likely bank robbers in the known universe plan and execute... kind of... the ultimate heist.

Director: Noel Black
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Paul Mazursky
Key Exchange (1985)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A young woman wants to get her boyfriend to commit to her, but the most she can get him to do is exchange apartment keys.

Director: Barnet Kellman
Stars: Brooke Adams, Danny Aiello, Seth Allen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Stars: Alan Alda, Barbara Harris, Meryl Streep
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War 3 unless the President reveals details of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Roscoe Lee Browne
Shock Waves (1977)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Visitors to a remote island discover that a reclusive Nazi commandant has been breeding a group of Zombie soldiers.

Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Stars: Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Brooke Adams
Black Bart (TV Movie 1975)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Western spoof concerning the adventures of a black sheriff and his fast-drawing sidekick fighting corruption and bigotry in the old west. Based on the feature film Blazing Saddles (1974).

Director: Robert Butler
Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Steve Landesberg, Millie Slavin
Certificate: GP Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man who wants to move on with his life by moving to California and marry his girlfriend, finds it difficult as he still lives in the towering shadow of his aging father.

Director: Gilbert Cates
Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Gene Hackman, Dorothy Stickney
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

Director: Peter Medak
Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
David
...
Eva
...
Jeannie
Dolores Dorn ...
Vivi
Bob Elross ...
Sammy
Jon Harris ...
Mathew
...
Paul
Winifred Mann ...
Hannah
Peter Owens ...
Phil
Deborah Sussel ...
Nancy
Lili Valenty ...
Mrs. Mays
Nora Heflin ...
Young Eva
...
Young David
Nora Bendich ...
Lisa
Robert Behling ...
Tim
Edit

Storyline

Touching story of elderly couple David and Eva who go on one last journey across the USA when they discover Eva is dying, ending up with their granddaughter Jeannie in San Francisco.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

old age | independent film | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

12 March 1982 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

David et Eva  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tillie Olsen's short story "Tell Me a Riddle" was awarded the O. Henry Award for best short story of 1961 after it was published in "New World Writing" Issue no. 16. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Kedrova is magnificent!
8 October 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Lila Kedrova is stupendous in as magnificent a performance as I have ever seen an elderly actress give on the screen. Douglas and Adams are also terrific as Kedrova's husband and estranged daughter respectively, but it is Kedrova who elevates this last-journey-before-I-die soaper far above its roots. The pacing is a tad slow, but the terrific photography, sensitive score, and magnificent performances more than make up for any shortcomings.

Warning, the first time I saw it, the male friend who was with me hated it, and wanted to walk out. When I recently re-watched it off cable, a male colleague called it "incredibly boring." Since I and every other woman I know who saw it loved it, I conclude that most men I know don't really get the subtleties of what was truly going on. Because Lila's relationships with her husband and daughter are reflected against the prism of her life, the director's artistic brilliance needs to be absorbed rather than spoon-fed. So my advice to other women is to see this one alone or with another woman. Otherwise, you may find yourself constantly being nagged to put on something with some action in it.

That being said, this is a terrific and sensitive movie. Enjoy it.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Tell Me a Riddle (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?