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The Riddle -- A journalist investigates a series of murders that follows the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub.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A journalist investigates a series of murders that follows the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub.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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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
Aspect Ratio:
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Final film of Gareth Hunt.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Same serial code "62655" on white Five Pound notes being counted between time index 1:31:54 & 1:31:59 ... where the policeman is counting out money on public house table.See more »
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25 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Slow Going, and a nice try at clever marketing, 16 September 2007
Author: rockwellcm-1 from United Kingdom

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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