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The Girl (2012)

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

Director:

Julian Jarrold

Writers:

Gwyneth Hughes, Donald Spoto (book)
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Cast

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 ... Rita Riggs
Aubrey Shelton Aubrey Shelton ... Maitre D
Leon Clingman ... Ray Berwick
Patrick Lyster ... Bob Boyle
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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | South Africa | USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rita Riggs, who worked on both "The Birds" and "Marnie", was interviewed by writer Gwyneth Hughes before this film was written, but subsequently claimed that her remarks were either entirely ignored or else falsified or distorted; she had been entirely complimentary about Alfred Hitchcock and insisted that his behavior towards Tippi Hedren had been entirely professional. See more »

Goofs

Alfred Hitchcock is shown directing a scene for "The Birds" on location wearing a bowler hat whilst seated in his director's chair. Hitchcock was photographed wearing a bowler (for publicity purposes) whilst making "Frenzy" in autumnal London nearly a decade later, and wears one in his brief personal cameo in that film. In reality, however, he never wore headgear (and wearing a hat on a windy day whilst near the sea would surely have been foolish). See more »

Quotes

[title quote]: Blondes make the best victims. They're like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints. - Alfred Hitchcock
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Connections

References Dr. No (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Told Ev'ry Little Star
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern
Performed by Linda Scott
Courtesy of Epic Records
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All of the pieces are in place for a great movie....except the story
25 November 2012 | by funwithstardestroyersSee all my reviews

I stumbled across this one day while scanning through the channels. I saw "Hitchcock" in the description, so I decided to have a look. Now I'll admit, I don't know all that much about Hitchcock. I know he's a great director, but I know next to nothing about his personal life or any controversy that may have lead to this movie. Instead I focused on the movie itself. After watching, I decided to look it up, where I came across the rather large controversy that this film has created. So here's my humble take on the film.

"The Girl" is a brilliant film from a mechanical standpoint. The acting is brilliant. Toby Jones sounds almost IDENTICAL to Hitchcock. It was really quite eerie to listen to the two. He seemed to capture the mannerisms from the director quite well. Sienna Miller was okay, but was a bit dry in some parts. Otherwise it was a fine group of actors. Likewise, directing, cinematography and editing were all exceptional, so why does this film fail?

A question I have instead of all the "is this a true story?" is, if you have all of the makings of a great film-a great cast, a great director, great camera-work-why base the story on such a controversial and doubtful series of events? Why not use the tools you have to make a biopic of sorts? This is what baffles me. If this film had followed a different story, it would probably have a much better rating. Everything points to a successful film EXCEPT the story, so why do it?

I suppose this is the problem with film these days. People are more concerned about the shock factor than an actual quality film. It's a shame too, because this could have been much, much better and free from controversy.


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