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12 March 1982 (Sweden) See more »
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. | Full synopsis »
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Melvyn Douglas ... David

Lila Kedrova ... Eva

Brooke Adams ... Jeannie
Dolores Dorn ... Vivi
Bob Elross ... Sammy
Jon Harris ... Mathew

Zalman King ... Paul
Winifred Mann ... Hannah
Peter Owens ... Phil
Deborah Sussel ... Nancy
Lili Valenty ... Mrs. Mays
Nora Heflin ... Young Eva

Peter Coyote ... Young David
Nora Bendich ... Lisa
Robert Behling ... Tim
Peter Berg ... Man On Street Corner
Joy Bianchi ... Ann
Ralph Chesse ... Jacob
Don Coughlin ... Doctor
Richard Dupell ... Tai Chi Dancer
Perry Herman ... Richard
Maria Acosta-Colon ... Singer in Park
Bruce Barthol ... Singer in Park
Eduardo Lobledo ... Singer in Park
Sharon Lockwood ... Singer in Park
Rob Revelli ... Morty
Shalom Sherman ... Accordionist

Directed by
Lee Grant 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joyce Eliason 
Alev Lytle 
Tillie Olsen  story

Produced by
Mindy Affrime .... producer
Rachel Lyon .... producer
Susan O'Connell .... producer
Michael Rosenberg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Shalom Sherman 
Sheldon Shkolnik 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy 
Film Editing by
Suzanne Pettit 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein 
Set Decoration by
Steph Benseman 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Schindler .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam .... sound editor
Richard Hymns .... sound editor
Pat Jackson .... sound supervisor
Barbara McBane .... dialogue editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Bray .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Elizabeth Still .... costume supervisor
Location Management
Steph Benseman .... location manager
Music Department
Kenneth Karman .... music editor

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USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »


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Tell Me a Riddle ranks as one of the best films to have ever come out of Hollywood, 6 December 2006
Author: bkshovel from Vancouver, Canada

Tell Me A Riddle is, in my estimation, one of if not the best film to have ever come out of Hollywood. As one of the irredeemable 'males' who are responsive only to brute force, jump cuts, and endless blow-ups, I would like to say 'not fair'. Any woman who cannot take her man to this film is clearly a woman who has selected as her partner a desensitized, muscle-headed oaf. The pitiable thing is that Hollywood is capable of producing masterpieces but, by force of the profit motive, seldom bothers and, when it does bother, as in the case of Tell Me A Riddle, the film is given minimum distribution and quickly disappears from the rental and retail shelves as well as the television movie channels.

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