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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

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John J. McLaughlin (screenplay), Stephen Rebello (book)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although many reviewers criticized this movie for inventing an intimate relationship between Alma Reville and Whitfield Cook, the facts are documented by more than one Hitchcock scholar, as exemplified by Patrick McGilligan, in his biography of Sir Alfred Hitchcock. That writer accessed Cook's private diaries, available in Cook's papers donated to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston, Massachusetts. See more »

Goofs

When Alma and Whit are driving up the Pacific Coast Highway, the double centerline is yellow. In 1960, it would have been white. 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 »

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Funeral March of a Marionette
Written by Charles Gounod
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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 cosmo_tigerSee 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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