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.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Joyce Eliason, Alev Lytle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2008
Media Home Entertainment


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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All Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | January 31, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

January 15, 2013

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

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A quiet, sad, beautiful film that didn't get the attention it deserved when it was premiered in 1980. Kedrova and Douglas are completely convincing as the elderly, working class couple, whose bond still holds. The whole affair is nicely modulated; something of an On Golden Pond from a Jewish immigrant perspective.

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