Tell Me a Riddle (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

Tell Me a Riddle (1980)





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In this film, elderly couple Eva and David who -- after forty years of a less-than-satisfying marriage -- find the lost love they once had for each other as they travel to San Francisco to visit their grandchildren. This drama is based on a novella by Tillie Olsen.

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Brooke Adams
as Jeannie
Lili Valenty
as Mrs. Mays
Jon Harris
as Mathew
Nora Heflin
as Young Eva
Peter Coyote
as Young David
Richard Duppell
as Tai Chi Dancer
Bruce Barthol
as Singer in Park
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Critic Reviews for Tell Me a Riddle

All Critics (4)

Since its saving graces abound, I can't help loving the film of Tell Me a Riddle; I'm merely saddened at the thought that what those graces save it from is travesty.

August 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Grant has had the courage to make a film so quiet it's almost a whisper. Based on Tillie Olsen's novella, it is a vigil kept for the lonely exile of old age when bones creak, memories fail and hearts ache for times they can't return to.

July 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Tell Me a Riddle challenges us to face up to the rewards and pains of old age.

January 31, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tell Me a Riddle


Beautiful performances from Melvyn Douglas and Lila Kedrova and thoughtful direction by Lee Grant but this is heavy going.

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