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A love story between the influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho (1960) in 1959.

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In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth's artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho (1960), over everyone's misgivings. Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances and labors on this film, 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 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 »

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

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14 December 2012 (USA)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho'  »

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$287,715 (USA) (21 November 2012)

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$6,002,708 (USA) (8 March 2013)
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Trivia

Although it is not mentioned, Patricia Hitchcock, daughter of Alfred and Alma, did play a featured role in "Psycho." See more »

Goofs

Dean Martin's recording of "Ain't that a Kick in the Head" plays when Janet Leigh meets the Hitchcocks prior to the start of filming. Filming on Psycho ended on February 1, 1960. The song wasn't recorded until May 10, 1960. See more »

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[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 profile in a large empty movie theatre. See more »

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References Topaz (1969) See more »

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Written by Peter Robert Vince
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"Cinematic, literary and theatrical reminiscence..."
24 June 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

English screenwriter, journalist and director Sacha Gervasi's feature film debut which was written by screenwriter John J. McLaughlin, is an adaptation of a book from 1990 called "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho" by American screenwriter, author and former therapist Stephen Rebello. It premiered in the United States, was shot on location in Los Angeles, USA and is an American production which was produced by producers Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock, Tom Thayer, Joe Medjuck and Alan Barnette. It tells the story about an English filmmaker named Alfred Hitchcock who lives in the U.S with his wife named Alma and who works for Paramount Pictures whom he owns one more picture. After the premiere of his latest film "North by Northwest" (1959), Alfred is thinking about his next feature film and comes across a book by an author named Robert Bloch called "Psycho" which intrigues him.

Subtly and finely directed by European filmmaker Sacha Gervasi, this finely paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the two main characters viewpoints, draws an interesting portrayal of the private relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and English screenwriter, film editor and assistant director Alma Reville and of the filmmakers interaction with the two actresses Vera Miles and Janet Leigh who both had significant roles in his renowned narrative feature "Psycho" (1960). While notable for it's atmospheric milieu depictions, fine cinematography by American cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, production design by production designer Judy Becker and costume design by costume designer Julie Weiss, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven story which provides a closer and less superficial examination of The Master of Suspense depicts two interrelated and intriguing studies of character and contains a timely score by composer Danny Elfman.

This biographical, humorous and somewhat romantic drama which is set in the late 1950s and early 1960s and where a prominent director has to finance his next film independently after presenting his new project to his production company who does not share his enthusiasm, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, colorful characters, the reverent acting performances by Welsh actor, composer and director Sir Anthony Hopkins and English actress Dame Helen Mirren and the fine supporting acting performances by American actress Scarlett Johansson, American actress Jessica Biel, English actress Toni Colette and American actor and director Danny Huston. A cinematic, literary and theatrical reminiscence of an historical filmmaker, his spouse, his collaborators and a strenuous production of a horror movie which would become a masterpiece.


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