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The Tall Man -- Something had come to Cold Rock that was taking the children. Something much worse than the closing of a mine. Something so menacing, so terrifying, that the people finally gave it a name.
The Tall Man -- In an isolated mining town, a nurse and mother goes on a frantic search for her son, David, who might be the newest victim of the Tall Man, a mysterious entity thought by locals to abduct children.
The Tall Man -- Trailer for The Tall Man


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Release Date:
5 September 2012 (France) See more »
Fear Takes a New Shape
When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Jessica Biel ... Julia Denning

Jodelle Ferland ... Jenny

Stephen McHattie ... Lieutenant Dodd

William B. Davis ... Sheriff Chestnut

Samantha Ferris ... Tracy

Colleen Wheeler ... Mrs. Johnson

Eve Harlow ... Christine
Janet Wright ... Trish
Ferne Downey ... Lady / Mrs. Parker Leigh
John Mann ... Douglas

Teach Grant ... Steven

Garwin Sanford ... Robert

Jakob Davies ... David
Lucas Myers ... Deputy Campbell
Pat Henman ... Nurse at police Infirmary

Katherine Ramdeen ... Carol
Alicia Gray ... Young Mother #3

G. Michael Gray ... Young Father #2
Georgia Swedish ... Mrs. Ashcroft
Jenna Gatschene ... Waitress at Diner
Priya Lily Campbell ... Tiffany
John Ryan ... Prison Guard
Kevin DeWalt ... Prison Guard #2
Melissa Gibson ... Female Guard
Melissa Patenaude ... Inmate #1
Michele Mungall ... Inmate #2
Jacqueline Eggie ... Inmate #3
Angela Stott ... Inmate #4

Ricardo Hubbs ... Tall Cook

Rene Mousseux ... Silhouette
Josh Strait ... Anonymous Voice #1

Jodi Sadowsky ... David's New Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francisco de Borja De la Bella ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Derek J. Finnik ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Louis Thevenon ... Man at the Diner (uncredited)

Directed by
Pascal Laugier 
Writing credits
Pascal Laugier (written by)

Produced by
Rhonda Baker .... line producer
Jessica Biel .... executive producer
David Cormican .... executive producer
Gerard Damaer .... executive producer
Thierry Desmichelle .... executive producer
Kevin DeWalt .... producer
Lisa Donahue .... executive producer
Becki Hui .... associate producer
Scott Kennedy .... producer
Jean-Charles Levy .... producer
Nicolas Manuel .... executive producer
Clément Miserez .... producer
Mark Montague .... executive producer
Martin Mölsted .... associate producer
Olivier Piasentin .... executive producer
Steven Schneider .... executive producer
Lionel Uzan .... executive producer
Matthieu Warter .... executive producer
Frank White .... executive producer
Original Music by
Todd Bryanton 
Cinematography by
Kamal Derkaoui (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sébastien Prangère 
Casting by
Carmen Kotyk 
Production Design by
Jean-Andre Carriere 
Set Decoration by
Sydney Sharpe (key set decorator)
Costume Design by
Angus Strathie 
Makeup Department
Natalie Cosco .... makeup department head
Zabrina Matiru .... key makeup artist
Shelagh McIvor .... special makeup effects technician
Michael Nickiforek .... mold maker
Vincent Sullivan .... hair department head
Bill Terezakis .... puppet dog head designer
Production Management
Andrea Baker-Fraser .... unit manager
Heather Malek .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bobby Bastarache .... first assistant director
Matthew Bessel .... daily assistant director
Matthew Bessel .... on-set assistant director
Veronique Kahler .... additional trainee assistant director
Paula S. Kyan .... third assistant director
Andrew Niiranen .... trainee assistant director
Danny Nowak .... second unit director
Shayne Putzlocher .... first assistant director: second unit
Daniel Redenbach .... third assistant director: Regina
Riley Walsh .... first assistant director: second unit
Riley Walsh .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bruno Baronet .... assistant art director
Michael Booth .... art swing
Michael Booth .... dresser
Deborah Burns .... graphic designer (as Deborah Burns Johnson)
Stacey Caldwell .... assistant property master
Barbara Chandler .... scenic painter
Robin Cheston .... art swing
Robin Cheston .... dresser
Johanna de Vries .... lead scenic painter
Joseph Gagné .... assistant art director
Paula Hrushowy .... buyer
Crystal Husum .... co-lead scenic
Mathieu Lauffray .... conceptual designer
Ryan Lindholm .... art swing
Ryan Lindholm .... dresser
John Lund .... storyboard artist
Kathy McCoy .... art director: Saskatchewan
Daniel McKay .... painter
Chris Nohel .... lead set decorator
Christopher Pottruff .... painter
Danny Scavuzzo .... construction coordinator
Anna Stefanska .... illustrator/notebook artist
Asuka Sugiyama .... art department coordinator
Adrian Traquair .... on-set dresser
Claudia Ventura .... buyer
Jordy Wihak .... co-property master
Maurice Roy .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Thibault Arnold .... music editor
Thibault Arnold .... sound mastering engineer
Matt Dawson .... adr mixer
Steven Ghouti .... re-recording mixer
Eric Lesachet .... dialogue editor
Vincent Mauduit .... sound editor
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist
Olivier Ranquet .... additional sound design
Roger Roscoe .... boom operator
Warren St. Onge .... sound mixer
Gregory Vincent .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Stephen Knight .... special effects first assistant
Paul Noël .... special effects coordinator
Jay Robertson .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
David Alexander .... CG artist: Switch VFX
Kemal Ally .... CG artist: Switch VFX
Patrick Andre .... visual effects producer: Bluefilmproduction
Jun Asido .... it: Switch VFX
Daniel Beaulieu .... visual effects editor: Red Hat Studios
Jon Campfens .... visual effects supervisor: Switch VFX
Peter Denomme .... vfx producer: Switch VFX
Philippe Garnier .... visual effects producer: Bluefilmproduction
Gudrun Heinze .... digital compositor: Switch VFX
Colin Hubick .... visual effects supervisor: Minds Eye Entertainment Ltd.
Richard Jasdadt .... visual effects editor: Red Hat Studios
Jimmy Kounios .... visual effects editor: Red Hat Studios
Nicolas Lim .... visual effects supervisor: Bluefilmproduction
Jef Lonn .... digital compositor: Switch VFX
Beau Parsons .... visual effects coordinator: Switch VFX
Brandon Rogers .... CG artist: Switch VFX
Celine Sene .... visual effects supervisor: Bluefilmproduction
Joel Skeete .... digital compositor: Switch VFX
Andrew Smith .... cg modeler: Switch VFX
Laurent Srey .... flame artist: Bluefilmproduction
Marie-Eve Boudreau .... stunt double
Janene Carleton .... stunt double: Jessica Biel
Gaëlle Cohen .... stunt coordinator
Monique Ganderton .... stunt double: Colleen Wheeler
Lauren Gibson .... stunt double
Rene Mousseux .... stunt co-coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Allen .... best boy lighting
Ken Bates .... genny operator
Maya Batten-Young .... lighting technician
Chad Biesenthal .... best boy grip
Latif Cavanaugh .... a dolly grip
Meghan Cosenzo .... d.i.t.
Christian Elton .... lamp operator
Thibault Grabherr .... poster photographer
Thibault Grabherr .... still photographer
Fabrice Grover .... still photographer
Colin Heagle .... genny operator
Rob Hillstead .... lighting technician
Andy Hodgson .... b camera dolly grip
Norbert Kaluza .... camera operator: "a" camera
Norbert Kaluza .... steadicam operator
Oliver Kinna .... lamp operator
Peter La Rocque .... gaffer
Dean Lavoie .... grip
Robin Lindala .... first assistant camera
Chad Martin .... lamp operator
Clayton Mitchell .... lamp operator
Kyle Mrazek .... lighting technician
Danny Nowak .... director of photography: Second Unit
Cedar O'Rourke .... lamp operator
Rob Parrell .... key grip
Peter Reynolds .... splinter unit key grip
Keith Sherritt .... genny operator
John Trapman .... aerial director of photography
Ryan Wells .... lamp operator
Rob Wood .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Amy Bohigian .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christina Barry .... costume supervisor
Michael Mew .... assistant costume designer
Mia Shields .... additional wardrobe
Editorial Department
Peter Armstrong .... digital intermediate producer
Pierre-Victor Bainier .... assistant editor
Denis Bedlow .... assistant editor
Sébastien de Sainte Croix .... additional editor
Kevin Downer .... assistant digital intermediate editor
Pietro Gallo .... on-line editor
Aurélien Manya .... making-of editor
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate assistant editor
Location Management
Steven Hearn .... assistant location manager
Nathan Mosewich .... location manager: reshoots
Bill Sorochan .... location manager: Saskatchewan
John Wittmayer .... location manager
Music Department
George Acogny .... music supervisor
Wolfgang Amadeus .... scoring mixer
Joel Douek .... composer: additional music
Jonathan Timpe .... music programmer: score
Corey Wallace .... score coordinator to Christopher Young
Christopher Young .... title theme
Transportation Department
Douglas Arsenault .... driver: cast
David Beattie .... driver
Prescott Beresh .... transportation captain
Jose Campos-Oneeglio .... driver
Gerard Damaer .... transportation coordinator
Marianna Gardias .... driver
Wayne Hammerquist .... cable truck
Ricardo Hubbs .... driver
Wanda McLeod .... driver
Max Yanke .... driver
Other crew
Carol Bailey .... assistant accountant
Barbara Barnes .... assistant production coordinator
Bob Bedard .... head chef
Matthew Bessel .... production assistant
Dawn Bird .... craft service assistant
Richelle Bourgoin .... unit publicist
Steve Byrd .... legal team: Loeb & Loeb LLP
Jane Davidson .... assistant accountant
Victoria Frodsham .... office manager: Vancouver
Ian Gardner .... second production coordinator
Jennifer Gay .... translator
Brendan Gendreau .... security
Dillen Gerard .... security
Fabrice Grover .... script translator
Stephanie Hamilton .... production assistant
Colin Hubick .... technical director
Darcy Alexander Hula .... continuity trainee
Alan Inkster .... child tutor
Paul Jasper .... animal coordinator
Trevor Klippenstein .... intern
Doug Leaf .... head animal trainer
Bonita Mackay-Larson .... accounting clerk
Laura Moses .... personal assistant: Jessica Biel
Hayden Northcott .... security
Sarah O'Connell .... social media manager (as Mark O'Connell)
Delina Pierre .... script supervisor
Lindsay Ratowsky .... personal assistant: Jessica Biel
Danny Schell .... security
Jenna Schell .... security
Colleen Schneebeli .... security
Chris Shearman .... production assistant
Pamela Simons .... production coordinator
Craig Stapleton .... production accountant
Sherrey Thomas .... security
Kimberly Uildersma .... security
Lisa Warren .... assistant accountant
Jack Watts .... dvd author
Maxim Winther .... security
Garth Yakymyk .... first assistant accountant: Regina
Bonnie Timmermann .... special thanks

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Rated R for violence and terror, and for language
106 min
Color | Color (HDCAM)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Based on the slenderman legendSee more »
Revealing mistakes: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Viande d'origine française (2009) (TV)See more »


Is 'The Tall Man' based on the tall man from 'Marble Hornets'?
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104 out of 162 people found the following review useful.
absolute brilliance, 6 August 2012
Author: rivertam26 from United States

No one plays terrified like Jessica Biel she is at home giving the performance of her life when she is fighting for hers or someone elses. But there's so much more to her performance and character in this film. it's without a doubt the strongest performance of her career and one of the best of the year. I wish I could tell you what this film is really about so you can engulf yourself in the poetic brilliance of it, but I won't ruin it for you. Part of the films effectiveness comes from not knowing what to feel wherein lies the films thought provoking and urgently timeless message. The simplistic setup of the film is just this, children are being abducted from a very poor small town in Washington and the crimes are being committed by someone called "The Tall Man". When Julias' (Biel) child is taken she goes on a frantic chase to unravel the truth but as the twists and turns unfold the truth is more shocking and spellbinding than you can even imagine. Directed by Pascal Laughtier of the abysmal Martyrs. The Tall Man starts off as a brutal, powerhouse thriller after a brief setup the film quickly rushes into a nail biting chase film and it is completely thrilling. But as the film moves into it's brilliant second act you begin to question what and who you have become emotionally engaged too and than when the film finally blossoms open in it's final act it's hard to find the words to even describe the depth of thought that transpired through me. I don't wanna say anything but I will say this it's a courageous film that asks you to question who we are and what has become of the world we live in. As well as what is truly right and what is truly wrong. Most will be thrown off by the film but I'm pretty open with stuff like this especially when it's done so spectacularly. It's sure to offend some and leave others questioning what they just saw but in my opinion it was wrong to abandon this film to VOD release and a limited theatrical run it deserves to be seen and talked about. But at the same time I can see considering it's subject matter why it would have trouble getting a wide release it's speaks a very difficult language so hard for people to listen and understand. The direction is strong and the performances are remarkable besides Ms. biel in the lead Jodelle Ferland is finally given a meaty role and she does exceptionally with it as does the rest of the solid supporting cast. The film features gorgeous cinematography and one of the most surprising screenplays ever to come to film. THE BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR, ABSOLUTE BRILLIANCE.

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