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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A journalist investigates a series of murders that follows the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub.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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Cast

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an enigmatic tramp, and a police press officer team up to solve a series of murders that follow the discovery of an unpublished manuscript by Charles Dickens in a present day Thames-side pub.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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Country:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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 Atop the Fourth Wall: Captain America Comics #1 (2011) See more »

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Honest, guv, it fell off the back of a lorry
26 September 2007 | by electriconion99See all my reviews

Ever notice how so many really bad films attract so many 10/10 votes? Not much of a Riddle how that happens, but this is not much of a film. There are two ways of looking at it being given away in the Mail On Sunday.

1. It's free, so you can't complain about it to much. 2. It's free, so it can't be much good.

My vote is number 2. The free DVD in the Sunday papers things is a recent trend and some great old movies have been given away. They're ones that have been out for ages and have made most of the money they'll ever make, so it's a case of anything else is a bonus. It's the last stop for old films, not the first for new ones, so you can guess how bad this must be to skip TV and DVD rental.

The plus points are that Vinnie Jones does try hard and Derek Jacobi is good as Dickens. The minus points are a longer list. Trying isn't the same as succeeding for poor Vinnie and Jacobi's other tramp character is talkative ham that's gone off. The story is very weak. The Dickens story does not have anything to do with the film's murders and feels like another movie slapped onto the script to make people think it's a British Dan Brown without the religion. The supporting cast are either there for the money (Vanessa Redgrave must be really hard up) or because they are friends or girlfriends of the filmmakers. It is also very, very long for what it is.

Vinnie taking his priceless Dickens story with him in his jacket pocket everywhere is good for a couple of laughs, but that's it. Not funny and very not good even for free.


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