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The Riddle

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An ambitious London journalist investigates a series of present-day murders that follow the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub. Gradually the reporter becomes obsessed with also unraveling a century-old murder in the pages of the manuscript, with the help of a police press officer and a mysterious beach-combing tramp who stalks the Thames foreshore.

In a remarkable twin-role performance, Jacobi also plays the ghost of Charles Dickens, returning to read his long-lost novel.
Together, the tramp, journalist and press officer unlock the riddle of the manuscript to solve the modern murders. Along the way they encounter a greedy publisher, a corrupt detective and a menacing construction boss. 
Based on the award-winning script by writer-director Brendan Foley, The Riddle is in the vein of classic Hitchcock noir thrillers with elements of the magic realism of films such as The Sixth Sense and The Green Mile. 


Type of film
Running Time
116 mins
Brendan Foley
Brendan Floley, Lars Hermann, Chris Chrisafis, Peter Burrell, Mark Moriarty, Joe Condren
Brendan Foley
Director of Photography
Mark Moriarty
Principal Cast
Vinnie Jones, Derek Jacobi, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Flemyng, Julie Cox


Production status


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Last updated 23rd November 2007

Production Company

Manuscript Productions Ltd


Hollywood Classics