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Tell Tale (2009)

Tell-Tale (original title)
A man's newly transplanted heart leads him on a dangerous journey to find out who murdered its donor.

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(screenplay) (as David Callaham), (short story "The Tell-Tale Heart") (as Edgar Allen Poe)
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Terry Bernard
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Elizabeth Clemson
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Phillip Van Doren
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Angela Bernard (as Beatrice Miller)
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Kevin Stanovich
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Acherton
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Bernard Cochius
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Legethon
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Doctor Lethe
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The Surgeon
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Frances Vieillard
Peg Holzemer ...
Elderly Woman In Wheelchair (as Peg Saurman Holzemer)
Scott Winters ...
Doctor Averman
Kara Lund ...
Nurse
John Timothy Botka ...
Police Officer
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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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The pieces are coming together. His life is falling apart. See more »


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Rated R for violent content, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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31 December 2009 (Greece)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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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. See more »

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[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.
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Version of The Tell-Tale Heart (2004) See more »

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The Torture
Written by Leslie Stevens
Performed by Leslie and the Badgers
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Great modern interpretation
11 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this is not the story Poe wrote, it is a great modernized remake of it. In Poe's story, the man has committed a murder and the beating of a heart drives him insane. In this movie, the lead man has received a heart transplant and it has the mind of it's donor. It leads the recipient to specific people which helps him learn more about where his heart came from, the people that made it possible and the means by which it was obtained. Some actual recipients have been known to take on some of the characteristics of their donors and this is where this movie takes us. When a heart transplant occurs, do we question who it came from or just be happy to have it. In receiving this heart, the recipient is able to right some wrongs for the donor. I was pleased with this movie and thought it was well conceived.


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