Tell-Tale is a 2009 science fiction horror film[2] inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's 1843 short story "The Tell-Tale Heart". It is directed by Michael Cuesta and stars Josh Lucas, Lena Headey, and Brian Cox and is produced by Tony Scott and Ridley Scott.[3] A man's recently transplanted heart leads him on a frantic search to find the donor's killer before a similar fate befalls him.[4]

Tell Tale
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Cuesta
Written byDavid Callaham
Based on"The Tell-Tale Heart"
by Edgar Allan Poe
Produced by
CinematographyTerry Stacey
Edited by
Music byDavid Buckley
Distributed byGenius Products[1]
Release date
  • April 24, 2009 (2009-04-24) (Tribeca)
Running time
93 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Budget$12 million



In Providence, a husband and his 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.





The film received a DVD and Blu-ray Disc release on 25 May 2010.[8]


  1. ^ Lionsgate opens for SOLOMON KANE, Genius takes TELL TALE[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Tell-Tale". Rotten Tomatoes.
  3. ^ New One-Sheet: Tell-Tale
  4. ^ a b Diane Garrett (2007-11-07). "Josh Lucas to star in 'Tell-Tale'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  5. ^ a b Dade Hayes (2008-09-05). "Equity players enter risky film sector". Variety. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  6. ^ Brian Cox and Josh Lucas Summon Poe For ‘Tell-Tale’ Re-Imagining
  7. ^ Official One Sheet for 'Tell-Tale' Has Us Puzzled
  8. ^ Tell Tale Blu-ray and DVD Art