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Tell Tale (2009)

Tell-Tale (original title)
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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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Cast

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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 ...
Nurse
John Timothy Botka ...
Police Officer
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Storyline

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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The pieces are coming together. His life is falling apart. See more »


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

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31 December 2009 (Greece)  »

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Tell Tale  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Version of Hjertet der sladrede (1971) See more »

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The Torture
Written by Leslie Stevens
Performed by Leslie and the Badgers
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I'd watch it again!
1 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I picked this up at Blockbuster over the weekend (because I think the lead man, Josh Lucas, is heart-stopping handsome--no pun intended!), and I was quite pleasantly surprised.

The Rhode Island setting is beautiful, the plot is definitely intriguing and the characters are dear. I really felt for this single father whose life has been turned upside-down and his morality compromised by the supernatural powers his angry heart holds.

It's true that this Edgar Allan Poe adaptation is VERY loose; it's more "inspired by" Poe's short story than anything else, but hey, the tale inspired a great film!


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