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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:
Mrs. Johnson
Ferne Downey ...
Lady / Mrs. Parker Leigh
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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jessica Biel also worked on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) with Andrew Bryniarski, who plays the character Leatherface, a tall man that kidnaps people (Bryniarski is 6'5, making him the tallest actor in all Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies). See more »


When Julia (Jessica Biel) is attacked by the dog when she opens the door of the Tall Man's truck, you can clearly see the heavy protective padding on her arm. 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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brilliant 10/10 from me!
20 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this film, the story line is brilliant and Jessica Biel has just become my favourite actress ( this and total recall is one of her best movies) At the beginning you think you have the film all figured out, small town in the middle of nowhere, very poor community, lots of little kids go missing and when Julia's kid goes missing ...well not everything is as it seems and the story twist is absolutely fantastic. Even long long time after the ending credits I couldn't get this film out of my head, I kept asking myself what would I do? what is right and what is wrong? as a mum myself I could see it from both sides, but I guess in the end I had to side with the "tall man". This is for sure one of the best films I have seen in a long time,it kept me glued to the screen the whole time. Some review says the low ratings must be given by women who don't understand the plot - well, I found that bit insulting, I think especially women can understand this movie. I think this is a must see.

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