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The Riddle -- A brutal string of murders spurs reporter Mike Sullivan (Vinnie Jones, Snatch, X-Men: The Last Stand) to search for the cunning killer in this supernatural mystery.
The Riddle -- A journalist investigates a series of murders that follows the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub.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.


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A journalist investigates a series of murders that follows the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub.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 murders. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Vinnie Jones ... Mike Sullivan

Derek Jacobi ... The Tramp / Charles Dickens

Julie Cox ... Kate Merrill

Vanessa Redgrave ... Roberta Elliot

Jason Flemyng ... Don Roberts CEO

P.H. Moriarty ... D.I. Willis / Constable Frederick (as P H Moriarty)

Mel Smith ... Professor Cranshaw
Vera Day ... Sadie Miller

Mark Asante ... Dwayne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matt Bailey ... Lab Technician
Daniel Bartlett ... Rower
Vincent Bishop ... Interview Room PC (as Vince Bishop)
Barbara Edwards ... Receptionist
'Long Bob' Elvin ... Harry the Hat
John Enright ... Arresting PC

Elly Fairman ... Veronica Miller (as Ellie Fairman)
Michael Fenton Stevens ... Alistair Forsyth M.P.
Shelly Goldstein ... Mrs. Maud Skenshal
Sandy Hill ... Maid
Gareth Hunt ... Roy McBride
Scott James ... Kev
Ted James ... Baby Jimmy daCosta
Allin Kempthorne ... Cedric Skenshal
Michael Lawson ... Mourner
Kenny Lynch ... Shotgun Ronnie White
Louise Morrison ... Kelly Robinson
Clemmie Myers ... Margot and Alice Abercrombie
Tommy O'Neill ... Foreshore Thug 2
Terry Powell ... Butler

Magda Rodriguez ... Ruth
Darren Selvidge ... Thames River PC

Paul Valentine ... Foreshore Thug 1

John Warman ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Brendan Foley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brendan Foley 

Produced by
Peter Burrell .... producer
Chris Chrisafis .... co-producer
Joe Condren .... producer
Brendan Foley .... producer
Ed Harper .... line producer
Lars Hermann .... producer
James Hollond .... executive producer
Mark Moriarty .... producer
Donald A. Starr .... executive producer
Daniel J.B. Taylor .... executive producer
Paul Valentine .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Graham Slack 
Cinematography by
Mark Moriarty 
Film Editing by
Ross Bradley 
Production Design by
Michael Kane 
Art Direction by
Matthew Button 
Set Decoration by
Belinda Cusmano 
Costume Design by
Angela Billows 
Makeup Department
Lynn Taylor-Wood .... makeup designer
Gemma Waugh .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin O'Malley .... first assistant director
Emily Perowne .... trainee assistant director
Christian Rigg .... third assistant director
Ben Sweet .... second assistant director
Art Department
Mark Bradbury .... carpenter
Madeline Chan .... runner art department
Daniela Faggio .... stand-by art director
Cathy Featherstone .... assistant art director
Matthew Irving .... carpenter
Alan Pearson .... hod scenic artist
Sound Department
Ed Brookes .... boom operator (as Ed Brooks)
Malcolm Davies .... sound recordist
Richard Hocks .... sound re-recording mixer
Nopawat Likitwong .... sound effects editor
Gavin Marshall .... boom operator
Nick Shaffer .... supervising sound editor
Cornelius Carr .... stunts
Joe Condren .... stunt coordinator
Steve Gunn .... stunts
Norman Kelly .... stunts
Paul Valentine .... assistant stunt coordinator
Paul Valentine .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Jules Annan .... guest still photographer
Alex Crowe .... grip trainee
John Hembrough .... Steadicam operator
Alex Hudson .... grip trainee
Dean Morris .... key grip
Eamonn O'Keeffe .... focus puller
Ben Perry .... clapper loader
Paul Slatter .... gaffer
Charlie Whitaker .... camera trainee
Editorial Department
Gilbert Carreras .... color consultant
Adam Nazarenko .... post-production coordinator
Jon Thompson .... post production consultant
Location Management
Peter Chadwick .... location manager
Vinnie Jassal .... location unit manager
Other crew
Scott Bassett .... production coordinator
Linda Gibson .... script supervisor
Matt Grimwood .... production secretary
Christine Hewett .... double: Miss Redgrave
Amelia McNeil .... co-location manager
Peter Schwartz .... production runner
Paul Wanklin .... weapons coordinator

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Rated PG-13 for violence, language and brief sexuality
UK:116 min
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35 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Hoaxed and a terrible waste of time, 23 September 2007
Author: hagnor from United States

Well, I got and saw this movie based on the rather high score here (7.1 now), and some of the good reviews. Usually IMDb is a good guide when it comes to score, though in this case I was very much deceived.

The movie is a present-day detective story, with Vinnie Jones as the investigator journalist, who investigates the death of a construction worker. Mixed with this is a made up Dickens' novel (called The Riddle, set in the 18th or 19th century), which also deals with a murder story. Both story lines are connected through the discovery of an unpublished manuscript.

Sounds interesting? It could have been, however this movie horribly fails in a number of areas : 1) Acting. Mediocre at best, but it is watchable. No worse than your average UK sitcom, though for a movie one expects a little better. Especially with a score of over 7. 2) Music. The music used is simply horrible, it distracts and it is annoying. Especially the pub music, and the music which plays in the journalist's apartment. 3) Storyline. This is a big joke. There are gaping plot holes everywhere and even the obligatory love story is so unrealistic that it's almost funny. Furthermore, without going into any detail, I can safely say that the ending is absurd, and one of the worst pieces of acting and storyline of the year. 4) Camera-work. At times camera positions and views are distracting, and serve absolutely no purpose to the "story".

I'm a bit of a movie fanatic, and watch on average 1 to 2 movies a day, but this is easily the worst movie I've seen in months. Don't waste your money or your time on this rubbish.

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