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Release Date:
20 October 2012 (USA) See more »
He made her his star. And his darkest obsession.
The turbulent relationship between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 33 nominations See more »
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Sienna Miller ... Tippi Hedren

Toby Jones ... Alfred Hitchcock

Imelda Staunton ... Alma Reville Hitchcock

Conrad Kemp ... Evan Hunter

Penelope Wilton ... Peggy Robertson
Angelina Ingpen ... Melanie

Candice D'Arcy ... Josephine Milton

Carl Beukes ... Jim Brown

Kate Tilley ... Rita Riggs
Aubrey Shelton ... Maitre D

Leon Clingman ... Ray Berwick

Patrick Lyster ... Bob Boyle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jay-Jay Botha ... Street passerby (uncredited)

Adrian Galley ... Martin Balsam (uncredited)
Louis Joubert ... Reporter (uncredited)

Sean Cameron Michael ... Robert Burks (uncredited)
Carel Nel ... Clapper Loader (uncredited)

Directed by
Julian Jarrold 
Writing credits
Gwyneth Hughes (written by)

Donald Spoto (book "Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and his Leading Ladies")

Produced by
Christian Assange .... co-producer
Dianne Beatty .... line producer
Alex Graham .... executive producer
Genevieve Hofmeyr .... co-producer
Amanda Jenks .... producer
Leanne Klein .... executive producer
Lucy Richer .... executive producer: BBC
Marvin Saven .... co-producer
Original Music by
Philip Miller 
Cinematography by
John Pardue (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew Hulme 
Casting by
Christa Schamberger 
Mito Skellern 
Gail Stevens 
Production Design by
Darryl Hammer 
Art Direction by
Di Sole (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Ashleigh Tobias 
Costume Design by
Diana Cilliers  (as Dianna Cilliers)
Makeup Department
Daleen Badenhorst .... key prosthetics assistant
Neill Gorton .... prosthetic designer
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Rob Mayor .... prosthetics maker
Nadine Prigge .... hair designer
Nadine Prigge .... makeup designer
Clinton Smith .... key prosthetics
Francesca Van Der Feyst .... hair stylist: Sienna Miller
Francesca Van Der Feyst .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Johann Joubert .... unit manager: second unit
David Louw .... production manager
Claire Witham .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jan Sebastian Ballhaus .... first assistant director
Robyn Glaser .... second assistant director
Tony McLeod .... basecamp assistant
Adrian Suckow .... third assistant director
Art Department
Nathan Victor Honey .... hod scenic
Jos Joubert .... props buyer
Frederick Mpuuga .... storyboard artist
Brendan Smithers .... construction manager
Kerry van Lillenveld .... property master
Lisa Van Velden .... apprentice set designer
Sound Department
Stuart Bagshaw .... foley editor
Paul Davies .... supervising sound editor
Mike Grimes .... sound effects editor
Ivan Milborrow .... sound recordist
Keith Partridge .... foley engineer
Simon Price .... adr editor
Nick Roberts .... adr mixer
Barnaby Smyth .... foley artist
Barnaby Smyth .... foley supervisor
Andrew Stirk .... dialogue editor
Andrew Stirk .... re-recording mixer
Louw Verwoerd .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Simon Hannon .... special effects
Doug Hardy .... special effects technician
Tyrell Kemlo .... pyrotechnician
Jannie Smith .... special effects technician
John Smith .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Simon Hansen .... visual effects producer
Craig Parker .... visual effects artist
Matthew Stephens .... visual effects artist
Michael van Kesteren .... digital artist
John Smith .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Will Akbar .... vt operator
Ashraf Benjamin .... lighting technician
Giles Boisacq .... gaffer
Meike Chinnery .... first assistant camera
Diogo Domingues .... second assistant camera
Mannie Ferreira .... b camera operator
Robert Fischer .... key grip
Allan Gray .... key rigging grip
Simone Howlett .... second assistant camera
Zane Kassiem .... gaffer
Frances Kroon .... assistant camera: dailies
Regan Mitchell .... rigging key grip
John Pardue .... camera operator
Grant Babbitt .... camera utility: promo shoot (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rebecca Farhall .... casting assistant
Dominika Jablonska .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hetta Burger .... wardrobe supervisor
Rick de Souza .... set costumer
Julita De Wet .... costume assistant
Noluthando Mathe .... costume assistant
Gilberto Miñón .... custom design coordinator
Melissa Moritz .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Tatiane Alencar .... assistant editor
Theresa Crooks .... digital intermediate technician
Barry Moen .... assistant editor
Des Murray .... on-line editor
Steve Owen .... data transfer
Jessica Rundle .... post-production coordinator
Robert Scammell .... telecine colourist
Tim Waller .... senior colourist
Jamie Welsh .... digital intermediate conform editor
Katelin Westwood .... data transfer
Music Department
Simon Changer .... music editor
Transportation Department
Tarique Abdul .... driver: cast
Ainslie Ford .... driver: cast
Calvin Hayward .... transportation coordinator
Ashley Jeffrey .... driver: cast
Bizeki Magwanda .... production driver
Dumi Mali .... transportation co-captain
Stephen McLachlan .... transportation captain
Khaya Woko .... driver: cast (as Kaya Woko)
Other crew
Grant Babbitt .... production assistant: behind-the-scenes / promo
Anne Bergstedt .... stand-in (as Anne Bergstedt Jordanova)
Gero Brugmann .... legal services: co-production
Sandra Butterworth .... dialogue coach
Luke Cornell .... head animal wrangler
Penny Dyer .... dialogue coach
Aparna Jayachandran .... script supervisor
Jahan Lopes .... researcher
Bo Petersen .... dialogue coach (as Bo Peterson)
Leah Rolando .... production co-ordinator
Donald Spoto .... script consultant
Dee Terblanche .... animal welfare inspector
Tippi Hedren .... thanks

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91 min
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Did You Know?

The widow of James H. Brown, Hitchcock's assistant on both "The Birds" and "Marnie", has insisted that the depiction of her husband in this film is inaccurate and that the information her husband gave to the scriptwriter, Gwyneth Hughes, in an interview before he died in 2011, was either ignored or distorted. His remarks to Hughes on the subject of Alfred Hitchcock had been, in reality, entirely admiring and complimentary. Mrs. Brown has attacked "The Girl" savagely as an insult to a great artist.See more »
Factual errors: California license plates are incorrect format; the "56" should be after "California", for passenger cars the numbering should be three letters+three numbers; also the font is incorrect. In addition, during the filming of Marnie (after May 1963), the color changed from the 1956 black letters on yellow plates to 1963 yellow letters on black plates. The number system was still three letters+three numbers until 1970.See more »
Alfred Hitchcock:There was a young girl from Sofia / Who succumbed to her lover's desire. / She said it's a sin, / But now that it's in / Could you shove it a few inches higher?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 70th Golden Globe Awards (2013) (TV)See more »
Tristan And Isolde: Act I PreludeSee more »


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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
fairly tedious, 4 March 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Despite wonderful performances by Toby Jones and Sienna Miller, "The Girl," purporting to be the story of Hitchcock's obsession with Tippi Hedren, was tough going.

I'm getting a little tired of reading on the message board that Tippi Hedren "needed the money." I guess I'm unclear as to how she's cashed in on this story. Did she write the book? The screenplay? She gets a "thanks" in the credits. I have a thanks on a film's credit and I didn't get a cent. If she acted as a consultant, I doubt for a TV movie it would help her wildlife preserve much.

Hitchcock fans know several things: filming "The Birds" was a miserable experience for Hedren; Alfred Hitchcock was a brilliant, complicated man who probably had some sexual hangups; and Alfred Hitchcock had fallen for other leading ladies. However, those leading ladies remained friends with him (Bergman and Kelly) so one wonders if the way he is depicted in this film is correct. If someone tried to ram his tongue down my throat or recited dirty limericks to me or asked me to touch him, I'd have gone running.

The screenplay was criticized by one of the people who worked on the film and was interviewed, so you already know it's sensationalized.

In this version, Hitchcock falls for Tippi Hedren and makes her life a living hell after she rejects him. I have no idea if this happened or not. Toby Jones has again proved his gifts as a mimic - his Hitchcock is perfection, just as his Capote was. Sienna Miller is beautiful and strangely resembles Janet Leigh in this film! She did a good job playing a vapid actress.

The problem with the film is that it's skewed toward Hedren instead of telling a story in a balanced manner. The second problem is that even at 90 minutes it's too long with scene after scene of Tippi sighing over her bad treatment or someone commiserating with her over her bad treatment and scene after scene of Hitchcock staring at her and then plotting another way to torture her.

I had the pleasure of transcribing interviews that Donald Spoto did on his important book on Alfred Hitchcock, The Dark Side of Genius. I can testify that he worked for years on this book and left no stone unturned. I remember one part of the book, where Hitchcock is through with Hedren as an actress, saying, "She did the unimaginable -- she mentioned my WEIGHT." They didn't get along, that's evident. Hitchcock here is presented as a sicko whack job. Were that the case, he wouldn't have had so many people -- so many women -- working with him over and over again, which they did.

I suggest to people that if they want to know the whole story that they read Spoto's two books, Spellbound, about Hitchcock and his leading ladies, and The Dark Side of Genius. He is given to psychobabble but believe me, it's more interesting material than this. And if any of this is in his writing, you can believe it.

We are to believe in this movie that Hitchcock was hurtful and insulting to everyone, that he tortured, threw himself at, and belittled Tippi Hedren to such an extent that she made a second film with him. Yeah, that's what I would have done.

I'm guessing there might be a little more to this story that would possibly not present Ms. Hedren in the best light. I admire her very much for her work on her wildlife preserve, and in interviews, she always comes across as a lovely woman. That doesn't mean she is as shown in this film.

Hitchcock had his demons. Somehow Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Teresa Wright, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, and Barbara Harris got through it. Granted, they didn't have birds attacking them. They did, however, admire the genius behind the films.

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