6.2/10
139
4 user 3 critic

Tell Me a Riddle (1980)

PG | | Drama | 12 March 1982 (Sweden)
Touching story of elderly couple David and Eva who go on one last journey across the USA when they discover Eva is dying, ending up with their granddaughter Jeannie in San Francisco.

Director:

Lee Grant
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Hot Touch (1981)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A master art forger and his partner in crime, an art expert who can vouch for the authenticity of the forgeries, are making a bundle. An art dealer figures out their scheme but agrees to keep quiet if they forge some art lost in WWII.

Director: Roger Vadim
Stars: Wayne Rogers, Marie-France Pisier, Lloyd Bochner
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The two least likely bank robbers in the known universe plan and execute... kind of... the ultimate heist.

Director: Noel Black
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Paul Mazursky
Utilities (1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Bob Hunt is a put upon social worker who has had enough of the bad service of public utilities. He decides to organize resitance to the phone, gas and water monopolies but also wants to impress policewoman Marion Edwards.

Director: Harvey Hart
Stars: Robert Hays, Brooke Adams, John Marley
Cuba (1979)
Adventure | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train General Batista's Army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Sean Connery, Brooke Adams, Jack Weston
Almost You (1985)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Alex and Erica Boyer's marriage is in a crisis: job and wife bore Alex. When Erica has an accident that has her staying in a wheel chair for some time, it changes their life: Alex meets ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Brooks
Stars: Brooke Adams, Griffin Dunne, Karen Young
Key Exchange (1985)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A young woman wants to get her boyfriend to commit to her, but the most she can get him to do is exchange apartment keys.

Director: Barnet Kellman
Stars: Brooke Adams, Danny Aiello, Seth Allen
A Man in Love (1987)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An American film-star and an unknown British actress meet on set in Rome. She is angry when he refuses to speak to her journalist father, but later they have a passionate relationship.

Director: Diane Kurys
Stars: Peter Coyote, Greta Scacchi, Jamie Lee Curtis
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Lee Grant
Stars: Kofi Annan, Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Carter
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Stars: Alan Alda, Barbara Harris, Meryl Streep
Heartbreakers (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Blue and Eli, two friends, have problems with women. Blue, a yet-to-be discovered painter is left by his longtime girlfriend, because she considers him too immature for a long lasting ... See full summary »

Director: Bobby Roth
Stars: Peter Coyote, Nick Mancuso, Carole Laure
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young woman has difficulty understanding why her husband walks out on her. Alone for the first time, she finds life difficult to cope with and for a time lives with the hope that her ... See full summary »

Director: Mel Stuart
Stars: Trish Van Devere, Monte Markham, Janet Leigh
Shock Waves (1977)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Visitors to a remote island discover that a reclusive Nazi commandant has been breeding a group of Zombie soldiers.

Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Stars: Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Brooke Adams
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melvyn Douglas ... David
Lila Kedrova ... Eva
Brooke Adams ... Jeannie
Dolores Dorn ... Vivi
Bob Elross Bob Elross ... Sammy
Jon Harris Jon Harris ... Mathew
Zalman King ... Paul
Winifred Mann Winifred Mann ... Hannah
Peter Owens Peter Owens ... Phil
Deborah Sussel Deborah Sussel ... Nancy
Lili Valenty Lili Valenty ... Mrs. Mays
Nora Heflin Nora Heflin ... Young Eva
Peter Coyote ... Young David
Nora Bendich Nora Bendich ... Lisa
Robert Behling ... Tim
Edit

Storyline

Touching story of elderly couple David and Eva who go on one last journey across the USA when they discover Eva is dying, ending up with their granddaughter Jeannie in San Francisco.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

12 March 1982 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Berätta din gåta See more »

Filming Locations:

Marin County, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Godmother Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tillie Olsen's short story "Tell Me a Riddle" was awarded the O. Henry Award for best short story of 1961 after it was published in "New World Writing" Issue no. 16. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Kedrova is magnificent!
8 October 2001 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

Lila Kedrova is stupendous in as magnificent a performance as I have ever seen an elderly actress give on the screen. Douglas and Adams are also terrific as Kedrova's husband and estranged daughter respectively, but it is Kedrova who elevates this last-journey-before-I-die soaper far above its roots. The pacing is a tad slow, but the terrific photography, sensitive score, and magnificent performances more than make up for any shortcomings.

Warning, the first time I saw it, the male friend who was with me hated it, and wanted to walk out. When I recently re-watched it off cable, a male colleague called it "incredibly boring." Since I and every other woman I know who saw it loved it, I conclude that most men I know don't really get the subtleties of what was truly going on. Because Lila's relationships with her husband and daughter are reflected against the prism of her life, the director's artistic brilliance needs to be absorbed rather than spoon-fed. So my advice to other women is to see this one alone or with another woman. Otherwise, you may find yourself constantly being nagged to put on something with some action in it.

That being said, this is a terrific and sensitive movie. Enjoy it.


9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed