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The Riddle -- A journalist investigates a series of murders that follows the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub.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A journalist investigates a series of murders that follows the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub.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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Honest, guv, it fell off the back of a lorry See more (39 total) »


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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
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
Other crew
Scott Bassett .... production coordinator
Peter Chadwick .... location manager
Linda Gibson .... script supervisor
Matt Grimwood .... production secretary
Christine Hewett .... double: Miss Redgrave
Vinnie Jassal .... location unit manager
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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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 »
Continuity: When Vinnie Jones Is standing on Derek Jacobi's shoulders to break into the flat, next to the CCTV sign, it is entirely obvious that his weight is not on the shoulders, as his feet seem to be hovering in mid air.See more »
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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Honest, guv, it fell off the back of a lorry, 26 September 2007
Author: electriconion99 from United Kingdom

Ever notice how so many really bad films attract so many 10/10 votes? Not much of a Riddle how that happens, but this is not much of a film. There are two ways of looking at it being given away in the Mail On Sunday.

1. It's free, so you can't complain about it to much. 2. It's free, so it can't be much good.

My vote is number 2. The free DVD in the Sunday papers things is a recent trend and some great old movies have been given away. They're ones that have been out for ages and have made most of the money they'll ever make, so it's a case of anything else is a bonus. It's the last stop for old films, not the first for new ones, so you can guess how bad this must be to skip TV and DVD rental.

The plus points are that Vinnie Jones does try hard and Derek Jacobi is good as Dickens. The minus points are a longer list. Trying isn't the same as succeeding for poor Vinnie and Jacobi's other tramp character is talkative ham that's gone off. The story is very weak. The Dickens story does not have anything to do with the film's murders and feels like another movie slapped onto the script to make people think it's a British Dan Brown without the religion. The supporting cast are either there for the money (Vanessa Redgrave must be really hard up) or because they are friends or girlfriends of the filmmakers. It is also very, very long for what it is.

Vinnie taking his priceless Dickens story with him in his jacket pocket everywhere is good for a couple of laughs, but that's it. Not funny and very not good even for free.

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