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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.



(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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Truth Lies a Heartbeat Away. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

31 December 2009 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Tell Tale  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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The Torture
Written by Leslie Stevens
Performed by Leslie and the Badgers
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Refreshing outlook on The Tell Tale Heart
9 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tell Tale is a modern adaptation of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart. This movie contains all aspects of an independent hit film. Characters undergo change, there is conflict and resolution, and a twist all the way through to keep you on the edge of your seats til the end. I enjoyed watching Terry slowly put together the pieces of his mystery heart as he also tries to maintain his sanity and take care of his daughter. This movie takes on more of the thriller aspect than a horror as Poe intended but I feel writing it as a thriller did Poe justice. Since it was an adaptation I feel the direction the film went was justified. I would definitely recommend this movie to all and would watch it again.

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