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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jodelle Ferland also worked on Silent Hill, a movie where a very tall, male creature also kidnaps towns people. See more »


The film is supposed to be set in Washington State. However, in the beginning a train is shown crossing in front of the town and the crossing reads "RAILWAY CROSSING." In the United States all rail crossings are labeled " RAILROAD CROSSING." The film was obviously made in Canada. See more »


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Sheriff Chestnut: Not a single thing.
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Referenced in Viande d'origine française (2009) See more »

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Courageous, splendidly acted psychological thriller
2 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best movies in its genre I have seen in a long time. It really leaves you astounded by the actual reality of what the movie is trying to convey. People are right, this is not a horror flick. It was put together brilliantly and keeps you wondering what is going on until the very end of the movie. I didn't think the ending was mushy but very poignant. What this movie showed leaves one wondering about society and what we have become. It is a very dark and melancholy type of movie that rises from the depths of despair and gives one hope for a better future. I would say more but it is essential this movie is watched without knowing the storyline completely. I wholeheartedly recommend watching this film. You will sit awhile and really think about it. It's about people and survival and not exactly about women and I personally did not find it offensive as someone suggested. Watch it and decide for yourself.

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