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

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14 of 16 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Film Buff on 14 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
The best thing that can be said about Hitchcock (2012) is that it entirely succeeds in doing what it sets out to do, and for most viewers that will be enough. A comedy-drama about the world’s best known director focusing on his marriage with Alma Reville and told within the frame of the making of the director’s most iconic masterpiece, Psycho (1960) - the film is a fascinating proposition, especially as it gives Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren the chance to act together on screen for the very first time. I sat back and thoroughly enjoyed the succession of well-written scenes (a John J. McLaughlin adaptation of a Stephen Rebello book) which take in the atrocities of Ed Gein (the real life serial killer inspiration for the Robert Bloch book which Hitch co-opted) to black-comic effect before laying out the film’s central marriage in a convincing manner. Hopkins and Mirren strut their stuff, striking sparks off each other magnificently. She tries valiantly to distract his attention from every blonde that comes near while keeping his paws away from the bar and out of the fridge. He comprehensively ignores her inner emotional needs indulging in petty egoism and childish jealousy. A compulsive eater and drinker as well as closet voyeur, Hopkins positively delights in playing the ‘great’ man (as great in girth as in talent) with all his tell-tale foibles well to the fore.Read more ›
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1 of 1 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 Sep 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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