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The Girl (2012)

The turbulent relationship between filmmaker Sir Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) and actress Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller).


Julian Jarrold


Gwyneth Hughes, Donald Spoto (book)
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Sienna Miller ... Tippi Hedren
Toby Jones ... Alfred Hitchcock
Imelda Staunton ... Alma Reville Hitchcock
Conrad Kemp ... Evan Hunter
Penelope Wilton ... Peggy Robertson
Angelina Ingpen Angelina Ingpen ... Melanie
Candice D'Arcy Candice D'Arcy ... Josephine Milton
Carl Beukes ... Jim Brown
Kate Tilley Kate Tilley ... Rita Riggs
Aubrey Shelton Aubrey Shelton ... Maitre D
Leon Clingman ... Ray Berwick
Patrick Lyster ... Bob Boyle


When Grace Kelly retires from movies to marry Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, Sir Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) looks for a similar blonde and finds her in a television model. The little known Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller), who will star in his movie 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 (Imelda Staunton) and his assistant Peggy Robertson (Dame Penelope Wilton) 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 movie, Marnie (1964). Having admitted that Alma is the only woman with whom he has ever had sex, 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 ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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He made her his star. And his darkest obsession.


Biography | Drama


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Sir Sean Connery and Louise Latham, who respectively played Tippi Hedren's husband and mother in Marnie (1964), repeatedly told interviewers that they had seen nothing untoward in Sir Alfred Hitchcock's behavior towards Hedren during shooting. See more »


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: A worried young man from Stamboul / Discovered red spots on his tool. / Said the doctor, a cynic, / Get out of my clinic! / Just wipe off that lipstick, you fool.
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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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An important note about this film.....
30 November 2012 | by CinetechSee all my reviews

Probably all of this film is a complete lie, but in all of the reviews both internal and external, the critics have overlooked an amazing thing that seems to have gone unnoticed by most....The actor portraying Hitchcock is wearing flawless silicone gel filled prosthetics over almost every inch of his face and neck...he doesn't look exactly like Hitchcock, but the prosthetics are blended flawlessly and are truly believable. The film itself is completely ridiculous, and anyone who would believe that Tippi Hedren was actually being tortured by birds in take after take is either very simple minded or has no idea as to the way films are actually made...Tippi Hedren was a lukewarm actress who was angry that she could never get work after these films and has convinced herself that it must have been Hitch who was behind her failure, when it was actually the simple fact that she wasn't very good at all.

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Release Date:

20 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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