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Plot: 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. Runtime: 98 mins Release Date: 13 Dec 2012
When I first saw the preview for Hitchcock, I knew it would be right up my alley. I mean its about Alfred Hitchcock and what he went through to produce easily one of the greatest horror films of all time. And to top it all off Anthony Hopkins Plays Hitch himself, and when it comes to Hopkins, he brings his A-game to every single role. This movie blew me away, the acting is spot on, the cinematography is excellent, almost shot like an early horror movie in my opinion, lighting is precise and the music fits the mood and the story perfectly. I don't remember the last time I had so much fun <more>
Anthony Hopkins brings Hitchcock to psychotic life (by rgblakey)
Rarely do they make many biographies about people that hold any real significance in cinema, instead opting for historical figures. With Hitchcock they tackle not only a biography of a legend in cinema, but the making of the iconic slasher flick Psycho as well. With an amazing cast of Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Biel is it feasibly possible that this film won't work or be as brilliant as the man it is about? Hitchcock follows the story of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and the relationship between him and his wife and the passion and struggle to get <more>
the 1960's film Psycho made. First and foremost the way this story is laid out is utter brilliance. The viewer is given a taste of the old Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series vibe to go along with this real life tale of the struggles of getting this controversial film made as well as telling the tale of his struggles with his wife and his inner demons using both drama and some quite humorous moments. Anthony Hopkins is absolutely brilliant in this role, easiest one of the best of his long amazing career that will no doubt get him an Oscar nomination. Helen Mirren is great as usual playing his wife and right hand in all things and plays up their relationship as well as her own struggles perfectly. Johansson steps in as Janet Leigh and seems to literally belong in this time period. While she is not one known as a brilliant actress, here she seems to merge right into this role and time period like she was born there bringing everything needed to this role. The most underrated in this film will most likely go to Michael Wincott who portrays real life serial killer Ed Gein for whom the story of Psycho is based. If you have ever seen pictures of the real life Gein, Wincott looks just like him and plays the part to perfection. The layout of the film keeps the main focus on Psycho which will give any hardcore fan of this movie great joy to see the trials and tribulations of getting this classic made, while re-creating some great iconic moments.This is not only a brilliantly fun film, it gives fans an inside look at bringing a legendary cinema classic to life during a different time of filmmaking. Everything about this film worked on every level. If you are a fan of any of the cast, Hitchcock, or just great cinema, then this is a must see film.
Hitchcock over psycho well i think this movie is brilliant I wouldn't call it a love story as its review here. its more like a biography about, it is what is. exactly what it was shown in trailers and is an inside view of personal and working life of Alfred during the polemic shooting and production on one of the movies that breaks the horror movies into before and after psycho.i also think that the performance of Anthony in the character was flawless and the whole cast was up-to the high as well and I don't mean to offend nobody but I think that people that low rated this movie is <more>
only the people that has a lack on art culture or thinks too much of themselves. even the little details as showing his shadow behind a curtain, give us the audience a great pleasure to watch it. and I don't know the whole story of Hitchcock and Im sure I most to miss a lot of things cuz I wasn't even born when he died and yet someone so big as he was goes beyond years more and I think this movie did its job and right tribute. so it is everything I expected nothing less nothing more but still 100% yes go and watch it.
A love story set against the backdrop of the making of Psycho (by melina-m-gunnett)
This film revolves around the making of Psycho and is the love story that Playing for Keeps wishes it had been. After 30 years of marriage and movies, Alfred Anthony Hopkins and Alma's Helen Mirren marriage is full of tension. He fantasizes over his leading ladies, she wants to do more with her life.Hitchcock wants to do something different and sets his mind and talents to making Psycho, a book by Robert Bloch that is based on a real life of murderer, Ed Gein. This movie is a major departure for what the film studios consider a viable film and they refuse to finances it, not even for <more>
Hitchcock, so he decides to finance it himself. With Alma's help the book is made into a screen play and they being shooting.While Alfred is busy with the filming of Psycho, Alma begins work on another screen play...I don't want to go anymore into the plot. Most people know that the film Psycho was not only made, but was a success. Let that be the spoiler. This film is well done on all fronts -- writing, acting, make- up, plot, pacing... I really wasn't expecting much going into the movie, but it turned out to be one of the better films I have seen this season.
Hitchcock directed by Sacha Gervasi reinforces the reality that behind every successful man there is a wife. The movie focuses on Alfred Hitchcock's passion for scary plots for a good movie and how he approached the making of one of his favorite movies Psycho. Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock did a great job. Helen Mirren as Alma Reville, Hitchcock's wife is terrific. Their relationship reinforces faith in the concept of a good wife, a wife who can withstand all the turmoil created by her husband , a wife that is devoted to the success and happiness of her husband, a wife that is <more>
possessive and jealous of any pretty lady that works for long hours alongside her husband. The movie also focuses on a husband who is obsessed with murder, anger, jealousy and does a terrific job at directing the actors emote appropriately. The famous scene of lady taking a shower, screaming in fright enacted by Janet Leigh in the original movie Psycho and by Scarlett Johansson in this movie has a personal history of rage and jealousy of the great director. Both Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren did a terrific job and their acting is Oscar worthy.
An Ode to the Master of Suspense (by filmprofessor54)
What a wonderful experience this film was! It's too bad whoever else was responsible for the marketing of this film did not have the same magic of Hitch himself, as unfortunately only a few people are going to see this film, unfortunately released in the blitz of the Holiday Season deluge. Director Sacha Gervasi's film deserves a better fate. Set in 1959, Hitch Anthony Hopkins was now 60, and many of the studio heads and reporters think his best days are behind him. He picks "Psycho" as his next project; Paramount won't fund it, so Hitch and his wife Alma Helen Mirren <more>
mortgage their house to make the film on a relatively low budget. In a wonderful bit of dialogue from screenwriter John J. McLaughlin, Alma asks Hitchcock to explain to her one time and one time only why he feels like they must bet everything they have in order to make this particular film: ALFRED HITCHCOCK Remember the fun we had when we started out and there was so little money and time? We took risks, we experimented. We invented new ways of making pictures because we had to. I want to feel that kind of freedom again.Hitchcock always had an eye for the beautiful women who appeared in his films, much to the chagrin of Alma. The tension in their relationship is at the center of the film "Hitchcock"; a contributor to Rotten Tomatoes suggested that this film could even be called "Dial M for Marriage." This marital tension is exacerbated by the flattery shown Alma by another writer, Whitfield Cook Danny Huston , which transforms Hitchcock into the same kind of maniac as Norman Bates. When Hitchcock is directing and providing verbal motivation to Janet Leigh played by the wonderful Scarlet Johannson in the scene where she is driving down the road to meet her boyfriend after she has stolen $40,000 in cash from the real estate firm she worked for, he lets loose with this vicious barrage of venom: ALFRED HITCHCOCK You could return the money secretly, but what would be the point? You, Marion Crane. The prim and proper girl who's always been so tight and respectable. So perfect and untouchable. Well, they know all about your dirty little secret, don't they? Your messy, sticky lunchtime trysts. Yes, your boss Mr. Lowery could even smell the sex on you—There is another particularly creepy scene where Hitch spies on Vera Miles on the film set in exactly the same way that Norman Bates spies on Marion Crane in "Psycho", almost what you could call life imitating art. And another brilliant moment comes at the premiere screening of the film during the famous shower scene where Marion gets murdered; Hitch stands outside in the foyer, directing the screams from the audience as if he were conducting a symphony of horror, which I guess he was.Alma was always fiercely loyal to Hitchcock, despite having to always be a second fiddle to her gregarious spouse in public and despite having to apparently deal with a lack of physical affection. When he accuses her of being unfaithful, she stands her ground and really dresses him down, in the kind of scene that is generating Oscar talk for the actress Helen Mirren: more great dialogue from screenwriter John J. McLaughlin ALMA Might I remind you that I have weighed-in on every aspect of this film so far, as I have done on every picture you've done in the last three decades. And the first time you show the film, it will be my notes that you want. I celebrate with you if the reviews are good and I cry for you if they are not. I host your parties and put up with those fantasy romances with your leading ladies. And when you're out promoting this film around the world, I will stand beside or, rather, slightly behind you, smiling endlessly for the press even when I'm ready to drop, being gracious to people who look through me as if I were invisible because all they can see is the grand and glorious "Alfred Hitchcock."I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes where Hitchcock was doing battle with the MPAA Censorship office; before 1965, this office had the power to prevent any nudity, profanity, overt violence, interracial romance, homosexuality, and anything they deemed offensive from appearing in Hollywood films, because their seal of approval was required for exhibition. "Psycho" trivia nuts like me know that this film had the first scene ever of an actual toilet in a film; a scene in this film accurately relates Hitch having to convince the MPAA Board that such a scene was necessary for the film because of the clues it presented that were critical to the plot. But Hitchcock was also battling with them over the possibility of any nudity in the shower scene and with the theme of Norman being a transvestite.GEOFFREY SHURLOCK The Code will absolutely not permit you to show a knife penetrating a woman's flesh. ALFRED HITCHCOCK I assure you, Geoffrey, my murders, are always models of taste and discretion. GEOFFREY SHURLOCK Is there any improper suggestion of nudity in this murder scene in the shower? ALFRED HITCHCOCK She won't be nude. She'll be wearing a shower cap.There are some problems with the script, particularly with the unnecessary dream sequences involving Hitchcock and the real-life serial killer Ed Gein, whose story inspired the book "Psycho." But all in all, this was a delightful look inside the life of the most influential director in Hollywood between 1940 and 1960. "Psycho" was his most successful film, and the experience seems to have also given him a new appreciation of the invaluable role that Alma had played in both his personal and public lives.
The odds were against it, let's face it. Then after that TV film about the obsession of Hitch for Tippi Hedren, what was it called? something like "The Girl" Brrrr. I thought, what a pity. But then, I went to see it and I was not merely thoroughly entertained but delighted. Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren make a formidable pair. Mirren, in spite of her glamour, I've never seen Alma Reville, as glamorous, Mirren truly captures the essence of the woman and makes that marriage not just feasible but ideal in so many ways. The script, smart and witty and gives a glimpse into <more>
what might have really happened. Janet Leigh a terrific Scarlett Johansson thanking Hitch and kissing him on the cheek. Look at Hitch/Hopkins's face when that happens. A child. I believed it. So, considering the odds against it, a triumph.
"Drama is life with the dull parts left out." (by amesmonde)
A snapshot of Hitchcock's life and the lead up, shooting and release of Psycho.A perfect blend of entertainment, surprisingly emotional and a delight to watch. No doubt artistic licence is used but John J. McLaughlin's script based on Stephen Rebello's book manages to mix and balance the story elements perfectly without becoming the 'making of Psycho' which remains as a backdrop. It ultimately focuses on Hitchcock's intriguing relationships with his wife, cast and crew. There's some genuine laugh-out moments and heartfelt scenes. The surreal moments including Ed <more>
Gein subtly played by Michael Wincott injects an edginess to the proceedings and gives an insight into his psyche.Any reservations of Anthony Hopkins' casting are dispelled within a few minutes, he is absolutely superb with the make up equally as effective. Helen Mirren as Alma is on fine form giving both a powerful and touching performance. Without nitpicking on Scarlett Johansson's facial indifference to Leigh and James D'Arcy's to Anthony Perkins they capture the persona wonderfully as too does Jessica Biel as Vera Miles respectively. Notable is Toni Collette as Peggy Robertson and from Danny Huston as Whitfield Cook to Kurtwood Smith Geoffrey Shurlock there is a fine supporting cast.Fittingly book-ended with Hopkins as Hitch breaking the fourth wall in 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' style you can't help but smile. As satisfying as Hitchcock is it still leaves you wanting more.
Hitchcock: The story of a man ahead of his time (by damian_hockey)
Since the days of early cinema hitchcock has been the name that has been reviewed as the director and innovator of modern cinema, A man of the screen for the screen and for the audience. So it makes sense that a man of great power should have a film of equal amount of stance.This film is a film of great measure, Hitchcock, shows the man behind the silver screen and a man who certainly caused a stir, with the film voted as the scariest film of all time. The film follows the mind of Hitchcock as he struggles with the censorship of the studio, the spiritless of the actors and trying to get them <more>
to show emotion within their roles and a possible affair his wife may be having with another man. The film starts with brutality humor and a down and out director who although once a great director seems to be having doubts on his ability for creating movies that the audience wont scrutinize.The humor within this film is very witty and will appeal to people whose humor would follow of a blunt but to the point humorThe brutality of this film is shown in a few scenes of violence which is in perfect style and very little which is needed not to overpower the overall point of the film, The characters within the film are very believable on the grounds that the actors and actresses that have been cast for these roles are very well chosen and take on the roles of the characters given, Anthony hopkins was the perfect choice for alfred hitchcock and shows the exact amount of buoyancy and darkness to the man himself, with some amazing emotional parts which shows the real acting talent of anthony hopkinswith a real star studied cast this film could not beg for more with the likes of Helen Mirren , Scarlett Johansson , Jessica Biel and many many more big named cast member this film will have to star gazing in no time, The cinematography which is used within the film also represents a great focus on alfred hitchcocks style of cinematography dark daring and broodingThis film is a emotional ride through and though and i would highly recommend people sit through the 98 minutes of this film and 98 minutes is the perfect amount of time for this film because no more and no less needs to be said within those 98 minutesI highly Recommend this film