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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.



(screenplay) (as David Callaham) , (short story "The Tell-Tale Heart") (as Edgar Allen Poe)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Bernard
Elizabeth Clemson
Phillip Van Doren
Angela Bernard (as Beatrice Miller)
Kevin Stanovich
Bernard Cochius
Doctor Lethe
The Surgeon
Frances Vieillard
Elderly Woman In Wheelchair (as Peg Saurman Holzemer)
Scott Winters ...
Doctor Averman
Kara Lund ...
John Timothy Botka ...
Police Officer


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 <>

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Truth Lies a Heartbeat Away. See more »

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Rated R for violent content, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 December 2009 (Greece)  »

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Tell Tale  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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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 »


[first lines]
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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Grizzly and Disturbing...Disconnected and Vague
26 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one feels disconnected and rambling at times and at other times it is a rather effective Horror Movie with enough interest to keep things pumping along. The exposition is the trouble in this sometimes disturbing display that could have been cooked up by an early David Cronenberg.

Things are a bit unclear at times and some more clarity and explanations are called for as the separation between the Audience and the Film oscillates drawing one with a caring for the Characters but motivations and situations are frustratingly vague.

The transplanted Heart beneath the chest-boards of the Protagonist is the Paranormal tie to Poe, but that is inconsequential here and only matters in an off-handed Title and that's where it stays, unless you count the thump-thump-thump-thump. By itself, this is grizzly enough for Gore-Hounds and the Physical Maladies of the Father-Daughter are both empathetic and unsettling.

Worth a View for Fans of the Horrific and the Creepy, but those looking for tight Crime elements and want more definition to the proceedings may be disappointed.

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