Tell Tale

December 31st, 2009


Tell Tale

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A man's newly transplanted heart leads him on a dangerous journey to find out who murdered its donor.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.4/10 (2,372 voted)

Director: Michael Cuesta

Stars: Josh Lucas, Lena Headey, Brian Cox

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?

Writers: Dave Callaham, Edgar Allan Poe

Josh Lucas - Terry Bernard
Lena Headey - Elizabeth Clemson
Brian Cox - Phillip Van Doren
Beatrice Miller - Angela Bernard
Jamie Harrold - Kevin Stanovich
Michael Kenneth Williams - Acherton
Pablo Schreiber - Bernard Cochius
Tom Riis Farrell - Legethon
Ulrich Thomsen - Doctor Lethe
Dallas Roberts - The Surgeon
Cassandre Fiering - Frances Vieillard
Peg Holzemer - Elderly Woman In Wheelchair (as Peg Saurman Holzemer)
Scott Winters - Doctor Averman
Kara Lund - Nurse
John Timothy Botka - Police Officer

Taglines: Truth Lies a Heartbeat Away.


Official Website: Official site [France] |

Release Date: 31 December 2009

Filming Locations: Benefit Street, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Revealing mistakes: 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.

[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.

User Review

Better than you think!

Rating: 7/10

First off, this is not any kind of interpretation of Poe's story; Modern or otherwise. The only thing similar is that the main character can hear a heart beat, sometimes. Suspense is held throughout the movie! It held my full attention and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. That's all I will say about the actual plot to not spoil anything. There is graphic violence, and overall the film has a depressing mood to it. Why then did I give a 7? The acting by everyone is great..except for the English doctor's! it was horrendous! Her lines sucked and she made me feel awkward. So bad that it takes away from the rest of the movie. Overall, a good flick to check out.


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