The Riddle

The Riddle

Director: Brendan Foley Cast: Derek Jacobi, Vanessa Redgrave, P.H. Moriarty

DVD (Wide Screen / Subtitled)

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Johnny Was screenwriter and executive producer Brendan Foley makes his feature directorial debut with this psychological thriller that asks what a burned-out sports journalist, an eccentric vagrant, and a Charles Dickens novel could have to do with a series of unsolvable murders. Mike Sullivan (Vinne Jones) is s sports writer who longs to become a serious newsman. Strangely, and for reasons beyond Sullivan's comprehension, his superiors at the newspaper and a Police Inspector named Willis (P.H. Moriarty) seem to be blocking his efforts at every turn. And when Sullivan begins investigating a recent murder case, their efforts to steer him back to the sports pages only intensify. Later, seemingly by happenstance, Sullivan comes into possession of an original manuscript for Dickens' The Riddle. As Sullivan begins to draw parallels between the age-old story and a collection of corpses whose official causes of death are flimsy at best, the true intentions of his secretive superiors gradually begin coming into focus for the budding investigative journalist.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2008
UPC: 0014381497427
Original Release: 2007
Rating: PG-13
Source: Image Entertainment
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 76,887

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Derek Jacobi Actor
Vanessa Redgrave Actor
P.H. Moriarty Actor
Vinnie Jones Mike Sullivan
Julie Cox Actor
Jason Flemyng Actor
Mel Smith Actor

Technical Credits
Brendan Foley Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Angela Billows Costumes/Costume Designer
Ross Bradley Editor
Peter Burrell Producer
Chris Chrisafis Producer
Joe Condren Producer
Lars Hermann Producer
James Hollond Executive Producer
Michael Kane Production Designer
Mark Moriarty Cinematographer,Producer
Graham Slack Score Composer
Donald A. Starr Executive Producer
Daniel J.B. Taylor Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Riddle
1. Front Page Scoop [5:14]
2. A New Tale [4:47]
3. Sacked [7:44]
4. Sadie's Last Riddle [6:09]
5. Inside Help [5:15]
6. Jumpers and Dumpers [4:16]
7. Full East End Monty [4:43]
8. Manna From Heaven [3:44]
9. Hearts of Oak [5:14]
10. Looking into It [8:01]
11. From Ophelia [6:11]
12. Baby Jimmy [4:56]
13. The Water [7:36]
14. A Bent One [5:35]
15. The Trade-Off [5:40]
16. Sweet Dreams [4:01]
17. Retracing the Steps [5:13]
18. They Are No More [4:52]
19. What's in a Name? [5:53]
20. So Much Blood [10:04]
21. End Credits [4:11]

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2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE RIDDLE was written and directed by Brendan Foley in what appears to be an attempt to pull the mysteries of the Charles Dickens' novels into a contemporary story, but that attempt is thwarted by electing to use the two periods of time format in which the 'riddle' is unraveled. Despite a cast of well-known actors, trying their best to pull off this direct to DVD movie, the end product is a long, tedious, amateurish mess that can only be considered as entertainment if viewers are fans of the cast as remembered from other films. Mike Sullivan (Vinnie Jones) is a journalist confined to reporting on dog racing events while he dreams of important reporting assignments. A series of similar murders happens to include an old friend of Mike's - Sadie (Vera Day) who runs a pub on the banks of the Thames, having just discovered an old valuable unpublished manuscript by Charles Dickens, and has a heart of gold, giving sandwiches away to such pathetic creatures as an old tramp beachcomber (Derek Jacobi). Sadie's murder attracts Mike to the role of detective journalism and with the help of policewoman Kate (Julie Cox) he begins to tie the investigation to clues he finds in reading the Dickens manuscript. Disrupting the flow of this rather simplistic story is the use of flashbacks to Dickens' time as Dickens (again Derek Jacobi) narrates a rather personal story of peculiar murders. The parallel between stories and the cross casting among actors may have worked in another's hands, but the finessing of this kind of venture escapes writer/director Brendan Foley. He draws his story to a close (at long last) with a tired Hollywoodesque ending. In addition to Jones, Jacobi, Cox, and Day, the film somehow attracted the attention of Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Flemyng, PH Moriarty and Mel Smith: their contributions are minimal but happily distracting. This is a flimsy bit of treacle leaving the viewer wondering how films of this quality ever find funding. Grady Harp