Hitchcock 2012

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Anthony Hopkins plays the legendary director in this biopic that chronicles the personal and professional relationship between Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) during the making of his 1960 classic 'Psycho'. It's 1959 and, increasingly worried about his relevance, Hitchcock decides a change of direction is what is needed. He settles on adapting Robert Bloch's true crime novel 'Psycho', despite the protestations of both Alma and Paramount President Barney Balaban (Richard Portnow). Having to mortgage their house to pay for the film, Alma's initial opposition soon gives way to support, as she dutifully throws herself fully behind the project. But as her husband begins to indulge himself in his trademark flights of fancy with a variety of blonde stars, Alma, whilst trying to keep the marriage on the rails, is determined that her own needs take centre stage.

Starring:
Ralph Macchio, Helen Mirren
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Ralph Macchio, Helen Mirren, Danny Huston, Kurtwood Smith, Toni Collette, Scarlett Johansson, James D'Arcy, Michael Wincott, Richard Portnow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Biel
Director Sacha Gervasi
Genres Drama
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 16 August 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Ralph Macchio, Helen Mirren, Danny Huston, Kurtwood Smith, Toni Collette, Scarlett Johansson, James D'Arcy, Michael Wincott, Richard Portnow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Biel
Director Sacha Gervasi
Genres Drama
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 16 August 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vaasemaas on 8 May 2014
Format: DVD
In 2012 the film Hitchcock came to a cinema near me.
Sad to say, it did not stay very long, or, in any way get the acclaim it deserved.
Enough has not been said about this magnificently directed film by Gervasi, and the outstanding acting by Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins and Scarlett Johannson.
We are invited to share Alma's and Alfred's life before, during, and after the making of Psycho( 1960 ).
Alfred suffers a crisis, Alma claims, that he always does, when after finishing a film, he has not yet found another project/film.
Alma suffers a crisis. Tired of Alfred's eternal pattern: happy and hard-working on his current film, invariably captivated by his current leading lady, his constant spying on everybody, Alma included, his directing the lives of other people, outside the film studios, too.
After finishing a film, he falls into a black abyss, until a new project presents itself.
This time she has chosen to work with another director, falling a little in love and making a little a fool of herself in the proces,
An act of revenge on her part in their on-going, marital Thirty-years-war.
Their marriage is one of thirty years. There is not much, if anything at all, they do not know about each other.
But this time the recurring crisis seems to be deeper, and more serious than ever before.
To emphasize the seriousness of the crisis, doppelganger-scenes have been made good use of.
The uncanny, gruesome, original inspiration for the book, and later the film, appears as Alfred's doppelganger.
This is a man who suffers from a Mother- problem. He cannot charm women, or be charmed by them, in the old fashioned way, he kills them and keeps their clothing and jewellery for his own, secret mise-en-scene,
and dressing-up games.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Close Range. on 3 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
I knew very little about Hitchcock, such as the tales about his fascination with some of his blonde leading ladies. This film looks at some of these well-known stories about him, but focuses on a segment of his long career, as he makes one of his greatest movies: Psycho. Really a good idea, as there is a sense of authenticity and close attention to the man at a particularly trying point in his life, and to the domestic life away from the film sets. You get a feel of what Hitchcock would have been like to work with, or to live with. This film also shows his frustrations, his vulnerability, as well as his work ethic. Anthony Hopkins has captured something of Hitchcock, beautifully, right down to the way he moves his mouth, or walks. Great acting. Also great is Helen Mirren as Alma, who collaborated with Hitchcock, and was a real strength behind the man. He was human, and a scene showing him secretly gorging out of the fridge at night, then dutifully eating raw salad in front of Alma at the table, was humorous as well as a little touching. The acting, period costumes, and sets are all wonderful , & I would highly recommend "Hitchcock" if you are interested in the life and works of the great director. The DVD has some good extras as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mizen on 10 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Excellent casting of Anthony Hopkins & Helen Mirren. We enjoyed the TV documentary more which detailed more into his personal life and how his obsession was with his lead ladies, however this didn't detract our enjoyment of this version, it was different and well worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
'Hitchcock', the film, was a great surprise. It did not seem like a film, Iwould enjoy, but the actors, anthony Hopkns ( who by the way, bears a remarkablee likeness in speech, walk, actions and looks ) and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma.

What we have in this film, is the personal side of life of Hitchcock and his wife. At one point Alma tells someone that Hitch worked for her, she was the boss. She is, in fact, the unheralded writer and fixer of his scripts. She was beautiful and sexy, and, even thought appears their marriage had grown sexless, they were devoted to each other.

The film is also about the making if films in the 'old' days of the studio systems of x-rating and looking at every aspect of the film. Hitchcock was having a dry period in filming, and found a script he liked about a serial killer, which turned into 'Pyscho'. The studio hated the idea, Alma found the subject gross, but Hitchcok was adamant. He had to mortgage their belived home and pool. It says a great deal that Alma agreed to this. Her home was truly her castle. The making of the film and the underlying pinnings of Hitchcock's attractions to his lady stars, is a large part of this film. We are also left to wonder if Alma went astray from time to time.

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren turn in extraordinary performances. I liked this film a great deal

Highly Recommended. prisrob 09-22-13
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 July 2013
Format: DVD
The opening scene of Hitchcock is smart, wicked and dryly funny. It promises something which most of what follows doesn't deliver. Hitchcock, alas, isn't an intriguing biopic or sharp black comedy, both of which it could have been, but a light romantic drama. Why? I don't know. Maybe the producers wanted it to be more marketable. The tagline gives the film's ambitions away: "behind every Psycho is a great woman". It's more about Alfred Hitchcock's relationship with his wife, Alma Reville, and her (alleged?) temptation by the novelist Whitfield Cook. Though it's not as bad, Hitchcock the film has the same flaws as Sylvia, the 2003 biopic of Sylvia Plath: it's just a brightly coloured period piece propelled by a weak soap opera plot. While it's nice that the film acknowledges Alma's relevance to Hitchcock's work, which I'm sure was very considerable, this is a story about the making of Psycho, one of the most important thrillers in cinema, yet it's explored on the level of a Hugh Grant rom com. The best bits are when Hitchcock imagines the life of Ed Gein, the serial killer whose crimes Psycho was inspired by, and "interacts" with him. These scenes have a dark, macabre energy, which are then deflated by scenes of Alma being tempted by Cook, which outnumber the former scenes 2 to 1. Apparently the filmmakers thought we'd be more interested in a hackneyed "will they/won't they" plot than the dreams and obsessions of a historical figure.

As a biopic, however, what raises Hitchcock above the likes of Sylvia is its excellent cast. Anthony Hopkins is so good as Alfred Hitchcock that I forgot I was watching the former and not the latter. The makeup and costuming's great, of course, but what really distinguishes this performance, I think, is the voice.
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