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The Girl (2012)

The turbulent relationship between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren.



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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »


Complete credited cast:
Evan Hunter
Angelina Ingpen ...
Josephine Milton
Jim Brown
Aubrey Shelton ...
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Ray Berwick
Bob Boyle


When Grace Kelly retires from films to marry Prince Rainier Alfred Hitchcock looks for a similar blonde and finds her in TV model,the little known Tippi Hedren,who will star in his film adaptation of horror story 'The Birds'. Hitchcock is obsessed with Tippi sexually and,when she rebuffs his advances,sadistically puts her through five days of filming where she is attacked and injured by real birds. Hitchcock's wife Alma and his assistant Peggy are appalled but can do nothing. Tippi is resolved that she will not give in to Hitchcock despite the situation giving her nightmares. Hitchcock and Tippi make a second film,'Marnie'. Having admitted that Alma is the only woman he has ever had sex with and that he now finds her cold Hitchcock continues to pursue Tippi, bombarding her with phone calls declaring his love for her yet reminding her that he alone made her famous and she owes him. At this stage Tippi demands that her contract be terminated and an end title states that they never ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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He made her his star. And his darkest obsession.


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20 October 2012 (USA)  »

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A Garota  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tippi Hedren is the guest on Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #142 (2-13-17). When asked (around 24:25) how much of the portrayal of her relationship with Hitchcock was accurate, she replied that it was very accurate: the studio had to get her approval to do the movie about her, and she agreed on condition that she be involved in the writing. Her credit for the movie is a "Thanks". See more »


In this film, Alfred Hitchcock is seen proposing a toast to "Alfie and Tippi". In reality, Hitchcock never called himself "Alfie", and never liked to be called either "Alfie" or "Alfred"; he was always called "Hitch", at his own insistence. See more »


[Alfred Hitchcock pours a glass of wine for Tippi Hedren, just after he has first met her]
Alfred Hitchcock: This is a very fine Californian pinot noir. It's called the heartbreak grape. Do you know why? Of all the grapes used to make wine, these are the most fragile. It has a very thin skin, prone to disease, mould, every kind of rot and virus known to the vintner's art. So growing pinot noir is a bit like making a movie - heartbreak guaranteed.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »


Tristan And Isolde: Act I Prelude
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Daniel Barenboim (as Daniel Baranboim)
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Response to those who doubt validity of story
18 April 2014 | by (Utah) – See all my reviews

First, this is an excellent bit of film. It draws you into it's story with witty dialogue, excellent acting, and great cinematography. However one of the main criticisms of this story hinges on the somewhat negative portrayal of Hitchcock. This is not created out of thin air. Tippi Hedren has on many occasions told these stories - and many have backed her up. Others have also mentioned similar examples of Hitchcock's eccentricities, especially related to his female stars. There are many other stories about his disdain for actors in general (he was perhaps the opposite of an actor's director - though there are many others who have worse reputations!) This takes nothing away from Hitchcock as a film-maker. It simply means people are complicated. This film is one perspective on a set of relationships and can't, as a dramatic film, really be objective. However, it does not completely trash Hitchcock - it's actually more sympathetic than some. He was clever, charming, creative, witty, and talented, but also could be conceited, vindictive, and even vulnerable.

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