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Hitchcock (2012)

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The relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho (1960) in 1959 is explored.

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Sacha Gervasi

Writers:

John J. McLaughlin (screenplay), Stephen Rebello (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Alfred Hitchcock
Helen Mirren ... Alma Reville
Scarlett Johansson ... Janet Leigh
Danny Huston ... Whitfield Cook
Toni Collette ... Peggy
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Lew Wasserman
Michael Wincott ... Ed Gein
Jessica Biel ... Vera Miles
James D'Arcy ... Anthony Perkins
Richard Portnow ... Barney Balaban
Kurtwood Smith ... Geoffrey Shurlock
Ralph Macchio ... Joseph Stefano
Kai Lennox ... Hilton Green
Tara Summers ... Rita Riggs
Wallace Langham ... Saul Bass
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Storyline

In 1959, Sir Alfred Hitchcock (Sir Anthony Hopkins) and his wife, Alma Reville (Dame Helen Mirren), are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amidst disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth's artistic daring, Sir Alfred decides his next movie will adapt the lurid horror novel, "Psycho", over everyone's misgivings. Unfortunately, as Sir Alfred self-finances and labors on this movie, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with his actresses. When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension colors Sir Alfred's work, even as the novel's inspiration haunts his dreams. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Behind every Psycho is a great woman. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content and thematic material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$287,715, 25 November 2012

Gross USA:

$6,008,677

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,570,541
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The photograph Sir Alfred (Sir Anthony Hopkins) picks up and reflects after his fight with Alma (Dame Helen Mirren), is an actual photograph of the real Sir Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville. See more »

Goofs

When Hitch is seated in front of his TV set watching a cartoon while listening to a classical record album, the piece that is heard, which is correctly credited, is the scherzo movement from Ludwig van Beethoven's 3rd Symphony (Eroica). However the record album cover that is on top of the TV-stereo console is entitled "Beethoven Overtures." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henry Gein: It's lucky it didn't reach the house.
Ed Gein: Yeah.
Henry Gein: You know, there's gonna be a lot more jobs at that factory in Milwaukee come June. I could put in a word.
Ed Gein: You can't leave us, Henry. She needs us both.
Henry Gein: Can you stop being a mama's boy for one second? I'm not trying to hurt you, but Jesus, you gotta live your own life sometime. That woman can take care of her own god...
[Ed hits Henry with a shovel]
Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening. Well, brother has been killing brother since Cain and Abel, yet even I didn't ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, there is a brief shot of Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock standing in silhouette in a large empty movie theatre before walking out of the shot. This emulates Hitchcock's trademark cameo appearance in most of his films. See more »

Connections

References Torn Curtain (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't That a Kick in the Head
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Finding the intersection between romance, comedy and horror in a Hitchcock biopic
9 February 2013 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Hitchcock" is a mix between a Hitchcockian thriller, a comedy, a biopic, and a romantic drama. And I'm pretty sure that explains the negative reactions to the film. I agree that it's a strange mix but it works with what they are going for. Wanting to focus on the marriage between Alma Reville and Alfred Hitchcock, a romantic biopic can be dry, so staying true to the spirit of the legendary director, the film throws in some wry humour and frames it all with the tone of a thriller.

It's 1950 and Alfred Hitchcock wants to make "Pyscho". Studios are wary, his wife is losing patience, and the battle to get it made could be worse than the subject matter. His long-time actress, Vera Miles (Jessica Biel), is being relegated to supporting status and isn't happy about the lack of respect from Hitchcock. Meanwhile, Hitchcock is ready to cast his new film and is going to turn Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johnasson) into a star. One would assume his wife would feel maligned from that, but she's off trying to forge her own career with screenwriter Whitfield Cook who Hitchcock thinks is a hack.

The film's main purpose appears to just be entertaining. Which is all good, but the rather poor reception is because it could have used some depth into the interesting inner-workings of Hitchcock. At times it comes off as a superficial caricature but the man was a legend because there was so much more to him. Anthony Hopkins appeared to be exactly like Hitchcock both physically and linguistically. He got his sly and comedic mannerisms and phrasing perfect. Which fits the entertaining and humorous frame for the picture.

Personally, I think director Sacha Gervasi used the right cues to make it feel like a Hitchcockian thriller. Throwing in references of his desire for the gruesome, throwing in references to "The Birds", and making us think there might be a wicked twist coming. The twist is just that "Hitchock" could be just a comedy — the material is ripe for that.


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