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Hitchcock (2012)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 14 December 2012 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alfred Hitchcock
... Alma Reville
... Janet Leigh
... Whitfield Cook
... Peggy
... Lew Wasserman
... Ed Gein
... Vera Miles
... Anthony Perkins
... Barney Balaban
... Geoffrey Shurlock
... Joseph Stefano
... Hilton Green
... Rita Riggs
... Saul Bass
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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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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$287,715, 23 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,008,677

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,570,541
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Shot by a first-time feature film director in thirty-six days. See more »

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Vera Miles is portrayed behind the scenes of filming Psycho as having a full head of hair, when in reality she'd had her head shaved for her role in 5 Branded Women. 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 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
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A narrowed down film, myopic and predictable.
8 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

A narrowed down film, myopic and predictable.

It is a film that deals with how Alfred Hitchcock made the thriller called 'Psycho'. It is good nonetheless but never becomes great.

Are there any moments of greatness at least? Absolutely not. It comes across as a fictionalized documentary more than a fascinating drama. Having said that, the performance by Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock is worth appreciating. Other performances are good enough too.

What failed me was the script that kept many things obvious. There was no guile, secrecy or a metaphor in any of the scenes. The screenplay followed a well-documented path. Yes, for few instances it gets into the psyche of Hitchcock and tries to interpret some actions but they come very much late in the film.

Overall, I must say the viewing of this film was daunting more than being insightful for me. The actual interviews of Hitchcock himself are more interesting than this film.

It's a 2/5 for showing few days of an illustrious career and personality.


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