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The Tall Man (2012)

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When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lieutenant Dodd
Sheriff Chestnut
Mrs. Johnson
Janet Wright ...
Ferne Downey ...
Lady / Mrs. Parker Leigh
John Mann ...
Lucas Myers ...
Deputy Campbell
Pat Henman ...
Nurse at police Infirmary


This film is about a legend that has been started by the town folk of Cold Rock. Since the children in the town have been going missing, people have said it's an entity known as 'The Tall Man' who has been taking them. Julia Denning (Jssica Biel) is the local nurse whose husband died years earlier. She is soon personally involved as her child is taken. She tries to track down where the child is taken, but finds that there's more to what's happening than she knew. The towns-folk start to turn on her and the truth comes out. But there's still more to the story - who is 'The Tall Man'? And what is the truth behind the disappearances? Written by U.N. Owen

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and terror, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 September 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

In the Shadow of the Tall Man  »

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Box Office


$18,200,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jessica Biel Also worked on Texas chainsaw Massacre with actor Andrew Bryniarski, who plays the character Leatherface (a tall man that kidnaps people). Actor Andrew Bryniarski is 6'5, making him the tallest actor in the Texas chainsaw Massacre movie. See more »


During the dog attack, the arm the dog is biting changes from right to left multiple times between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Sheriff Chestnut: Not a single thing.
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Referenced in Viande d'origine française (2009) See more »

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1 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a great film. There were so many twists that it kept me engrossed from beginning to end.

I had read the other reviews so I realised it was not a horror (and it's not)it is more of a psychological thriller, but since I personally prefer suspense type films anyway it was a plus for me! The acting was superb, the characters all believable and as the twists kept coming it just got better and better.

If you want to see a good, entertaining thriller with lots of suspense then this is definitely one for you. If you want blood and lots of gore then don't bother.

As for me, I loved it.

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