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Tell Me a Riddle (1980)

PG | | Drama | 12 March 1982 (Sweden)
Touching story of elderly couple David and Eva who go on one last journey across the USA when they discover Eva is dying, ending up with their granddaughter Jeannie in San Francisco.

Director:

Lee Grant
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melvyn Douglas ... David
Lila Kedrova ... Eva
Brooke Adams ... Jeannie
Dolores Dorn ... Vivi
Bob Elross Bob Elross ... Sammy
Jon Harris Jon Harris ... Mathew
Zalman King ... Paul
Winifred Mann Winifred Mann ... Hannah
Peter Owens Peter Owens ... Phil
Deborah Sussel Deborah Sussel ... Nancy
Lili Valenty Lili Valenty ... Mrs. Mays
Nora Heflin Nora Heflin ... Young Eva
Peter Coyote ... Young David
Nora Bendich Nora Bendich ... Lisa
Robert Behling ... Tim
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Touching story of elderly couple David and Eva who go on one last journey across the USA when they discover Eva is dying, ending up with their granddaughter Jeannie in San Francisco.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

12 March 1982 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Berätta din gåta See more »

Filming Locations:

Marin County, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Godmother Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Tillie Olsen's short story "Tell Me a Riddle" was awarded the O. Henry Award for best short story of 1961 after it was published in "New World Writing" Issue no. 16. See more »

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Tell Me a Riddle ranks as one of the best films to have ever come out of Hollywood
6 December 2006 | by bkshovelSee all my reviews

Tell Me A Riddle is, in my estimation, one of if not the best film to have ever come out of Hollywood. As one of the irredeemable 'males' who are responsive only to brute force, jump cuts, and endless blow-ups, I would like to say 'not fair'. Any woman who cannot take her man to this film is clearly a woman who has selected as her partner a desensitized, muscle-headed oaf. The pitiable thing is that Hollywood is capable of producing masterpieces but, by force of the profit motive, seldom bothers and, when it does bother, as in the case of Tell Me A Riddle, the film is given minimum distribution and quickly disappears from the rental and retail shelves as well as the television movie channels.


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