The Riddle (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  14 October 2007 (USA)
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A journalist investigates a series of murders that follows the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub. Gradually he becomes obsessed with unraveling a century-old murder in the pages of the manuscript. Only when he has done so, with the help of a mysterious beach-combing tramp who stalks the Thames foreshore, is he able to solve the modern ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Mike Sullivan
Kate Merrill
Roberta Elliot
Don Roberts CEO
D.I. Willis / Constable Frederick (as P H Moriarty)
Professor Cranshaw
Vera Day ...
Sadie Miller
Mark Asante ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lab Technician
Daniel Bartlett ...
Vincent Bishop ...
Interview Room PC (as Vince Bishop)
Barbara Edwards ...
'Long Bob' Elvin ...
Harry the Hat
John Enright ...
Arresting PC


An ambitious London sports journalist, an enigmatic tramp and a police press officer team up to solve a series of murders that follow the discovery of an unpublished manuscript by Charles Dickens in a present day Thames-side pub. Written by Anon

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der geheimnisvolle Code  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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UK newspaper the Mail on Sunday bought UK-only DVD rights and distributed the film as the "world's first national newspaper premiere" in September 2007. The paper reported sales up by more than 300,000. See more »


In the bar scene where the main character is drugged by Tiffany, we see him reach down to pick up her wallet, she is wearing solid black shoes In the next scene (Wide Shot) where she drags the drunk/drugged Vinnie Jones to his apartment, she is wearing open toe shiny ones. See more »


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Slow Going, and a nice try at clever marketing
16 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Its No wonder this was free with the Mail on Sunday, slow going, poor acting, and filming (camera flare, near start of movie, is not even artistic) = Straight to video, but not in this case, why not recoup some of your (Film production costs) by releasing it free with a UK Sunday newspaper, at least this way you get a captive audience, and recover some costs.

I have not given this film a 1 out of 10, due to the effort to pull some old actors out their shell, it was nice to see some old faces (Vanessa Redgrave,this an't no Blow –Up), but Vinnie Jones as a lead, and I think he was better in Gone in 60 seconds when he did not speak.

This Film is dropping in Ratings every day,i think this will find its true mark at the 3-4 out of 10,in the very near Future

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