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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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Pascal Laugier

Writer:

Pascal Laugier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ferne Downey ... Lady / Mrs. Parker Leigh
John Mann ... Douglas
Teach Grant ... Steven
Garwin Sanford ... Robert
Jakob Davies ... David
Lucas Myers Lucas Myers ... Deputy Campbell
Pat Henman Pat Henman ... Nurse at police Infirmary
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Storyline

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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Fear Takes a New Shape


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and terror, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Shadow of the Tall Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Salmo, British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,212,903
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (HDCAM)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Not to be confused with The Tall Man from Phantasm (1979) and sequels, played by Angus Scrimm. This film isn't related with "Phantasm" franchise. See more »

Goofs

When the sheriff arrives at the building with Julia in the back seat, she manages to escape from the car by easily opening it from the inside. Today's police cars are designed so that the suspect cannot escape regardless of whether or not the door is locked or unlocked; in such a way her the door can only be opened from the outside. See more »

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Sheriff Chestnut: Not a single thing.
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Surprisingly Great and Original Drama
23 February 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the decadent Cold Rock, in Pittsville County, USA, children are going missing and the urban legend is that "The Tall Man" is the responsible for the disappearances. The widow nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) lives in an isolated manor with her son David (Jakob Davies) and the housemaid Christine (Eve Harlow). When David is abducted by The Tall Man, Julia grabs on the back of his truck trying to save her son. But The Tall Man hits her and escapes with David.

Lieutenant Dodd (Stephen McHattie), who is investigating the case, find Julia fainted on the road and brings her to a dining. When Julia goes to the toilet, she makes a discovery that will change her life.

"The Tall Man" is a surprisingly great and original drama with many twists. The screenplay surprises the viewers many times along 106 minutes running time and the unusual theme may be unpleasant for many people. But the only problem is the title that misleads the viewers and disappoints those that expect to see a horror movie or a thriller. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Homem das Sombras" ("The Shadow Man")


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