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The Riddle (2007)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Video 19 August 2008
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A journalist investigates a series of murders that follows the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub. Gradually he becomes obsessed with unraveling a century-old murder in the pages of the manuscript. Only when he has done so, with the help of a mysterious beach-combing tramp who stalks the Thames foreshore, is he able to solve the modern ... See full summary »

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Brendan Foley

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Brendan Foley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Asante Mark Asante ... Dwayne
Julie Cox ... Kate Merrill
Vera Day ... Sadie Miller
'Long Bob' Elvin 'Long Bob' Elvin ... Harry the Hat
Elly Fairman ... Veronica Miller (as Ellie Fairman)
Michael Fenton Stevens Michael Fenton Stevens ... Alistair Forsyth M.P.
P.H. Moriarty ... D.I. Willis / Constable Frederick (as P H Moriarty)
Jason Flemyng ... Don Roberts
Shelly Goldstein Shelly Goldstein ... Maud Skenshal
Gareth Hunt ... Roy McBride
Derek Jacobi ... The Tramp / Charles Dickens
Scott James Scott James ... Kev
Ted James Ted James ... Baby Jimmy daCosta
Vinnie Jones ... Mike Sullivan
Allin Kempthorne Allin Kempthorne ... Cedric Skenshal
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Storyline

An ambitious London sports journalist, an enigmatic tramp, and a police press officer team up to solve a series of murders that follow the discovery of an unpublished manuscript by Charles Dickens in a present day Thames-side pub. Written by Anon

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Rated PG-13 for violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Goofs

As Mike is walking out of the police station, a boom mike is visible in the shot for a few seconds. See more »

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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Condemned (2012) See more »

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Black N Blue
Composed by Barrie Gledden (as B. Gleddon), Steve Dymond (as S. Dymond) and Doug Boyle (as D. Hoyle)
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Interesting - Jacobi is superb
22 September 2007 | by charlesDonnellySee all my reviews

The Riddle is an enjoyable, tongue-in-cheek thriller that seems to take its inspiration from old radio detectives and noir novels.

It has two separate but intertwined stories, one about a sports writer try to solve the death of a friend and the other about a rediscovered book by Charles Dickens. Jacobi has different roles in both stories.

I was slightly baffled by some of the vitriolic comments until I read one lady who complained that there was 'some old guy' spouting gobbdygook. That would be Sir Derek Jacobi, giving the 'so much blood' speech by Charles Dickens after the death of Nancy.

Speaking personally, one of the world's greatest living actors reading words by the greatest writer of the 19th Century will do me.

One other thought. While I've never been a huge fan of Vinnie Jones, I was impressed by his range in this and his determination to move outside his usual roles. He deserves credit.

One for people who enjoy something quirky and intelligent.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,948
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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