Tell-Tale (film)

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Tell Tale
Tell-Tale (film poster).jpg
Directed by Michael Cuesta
Produced by Ridley Scott
Tony Scott
Martin Shore
Christopher Tuffin
Michael Costigan
Written by David Callaham
Based on "The Tell-Tale Heart"
by Edgar Allan Poe
Starring Josh Lucas
Lena Headey
Brian Cox
Music by David Buckley
Cinematography Terry Stacey
Edited by Kane Platt
Billy Rich
Distributed by Genius Products[1]
Release date
  • April 24, 2009 (2009-04-24) (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • December 31, 2009 (2009-12-31)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $12 million

Tell-Tale is a 2009 science fiction-horror drama film[2] inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe short story "The Tell-Tale Heart". It is directed by Michael Cuesta and stars Josh Lucas, Lena Headey, and Brian Cox and is produced by Tony Scott and Ridley Scott.[3] A man's recently transplanted heart leads him on a frantic search to find the donor's killer before a similar fate befalls him.[4]


In Providence, a husband and his 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?




The film received a DVD and Blu-ray Disc release on 25 May 2010.[8]



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