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Tell Tale (2009)
"Tell-Tale" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  31 December 2009 (Greece)
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A man's newly transplanted heart leads him on a dangerous journey to find out who murdered its donor.

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(screenplay) (as David Callaham) , (short story "The Tell-Tale Heart") (as Edgar Allen Poe)
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Terry Bernard
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Elizabeth Clemson
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Phillip Van Doren
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Angela Bernard (as Beatrice Miller)
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Kevin Stanovich
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Acherton
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Bernard Cochius
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Legethon
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Doctor Lethe
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The Surgeon
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Frances Vieillard
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Elderly Woman In Wheelchair (as Peg Saurman Holzemer)
Scott Winters ...
Doctor Averman
Kara Lund ...
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John Timothy Botka ...
Police Officer
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In Providence, a husband and wife die in a botched robbery; we see flickers of his last memories. His heart goes to Terry Bernard, a single father raising a girl with a rare degenerative disease. After the operation, Terry has flashes of memory from the last moments of the dead donor's life. Then, he recognizes one of the donor's killers and follows him into an alley. Within days, Terry becomes an unwilling avenger, with a police detective on his trail. Meanwhile, he begins a romance with his daughter's doctor, his moods complicated by memory flashes, the donor's deepening presence in both Terry's mind and body, and the unexplained bond among the donor's killers. Can this end well? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When lead character meets Acherton in bathroom his name-tag says Michael Acherton after he is called the detective refers to him as Paul Acherton. See more »

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Paramedic: [over radio] Dispatch this is Rescue 3. I have a 55 year old white male named Lyar, John. He has massive blunt trauma to the skull. Glasgow Coma Score is 1, Henry 3. Patient has ID in his wallet identifying him as an organ donor. Alert trauma and transport team.
Dispatcher: Copy that.
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A riff on the Edgar Allan Poe story
2 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked Josh Lucas in The Client, so I chose this film as a rental. Don't ask me why because horror/thriller/blood is just not my thing.

A husband and wife die in a botched robbery, and the man's heart goes to Terry Bernard, a single father of a daughter with a degenerative disorder. Terry keeps remembering bits and pieces from what must have been the donor's last moments. He starts being able to hear his heart beat. Then he sees one of the donor's killers and does away with him.

Terry is tortured by the sound of his heart, the fact that he's killed, and the flashes of memory he has. But he continues finding the killers and getting rid of them. Meanwhile he is starting a romance with an attractive doctor at the hospital who wants to help him, but he won't tell her what's wrong. The only person who knows his secret is the officer who was in charge of the case but couldn't close it. He wants Terry to do what he can't - get justice.

You may like this if you're into horror-type films. I have to say I liked the ending very much, and it really brought the level of the film up. And the story is intriguing.

This could have been a bigger, better film, but given its budget, it does well enough.


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