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

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In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma, 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, 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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Biography | Drama

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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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Real-life murderer Ed Gein inspired the character Norman Bates in the original Robert Bloch novel 'Psycho'; Gein also inspired the character of Jame Gumb (Buffalo Bill) in Thomas Harris's novel The Silence of the Lambs (1991) which featured Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Lecter in the film version. Michael Wincott, who plays Gein in this movie, also played a similar killer in the James Patterson-inspired thriller Along Came a Spider (2001). See more »

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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 »

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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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As Hitch addresses his audience at the end of the picture, he tells us that he is bereft of ideas for his next picture... then a large, black bird lands on his shoulder. See more »

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References Touch of Evil (1958) See more »

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Written by Peter Robert Vince
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A pretty good movie about the making of a classic movie with an amazing performance by Hopkins. I enjoyed this. I say B+
6 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"What if someone really good made a horror picture." After the success of North By Northwest Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) was looking for his next film to direct. After reading a book he finds what he is looking for. The studio is against it but Hitchcock decided to finance the movie himself, breaking all the rules as he goes. The story is real, the horror is real, this is the story of the making of Psycho. I'm not sure why but I am a big fan of movies about movies. I was very interested in seeing this not only for that but also because I am a big Anthony Hopkins fan and thought he would be a good choice for this role. The movie itself is really good with some pretty creepy aspects to it but the job that Hopkins does is pretty amazing and sometimes you actually see Hitchcock himself. I'm not sure how accurate this is but Hopkins played a man on the edge of sanity and knowing what I know about Hitchcock it seems to fit. If you are looking for a complete bio-pic of Hitchcock this is not it, but if you are a fan of his then this is a movie not to be missed. I recommend this. Overall, the movie is good but Hopkins is great. I give it a B+.


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