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

4.1 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 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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4 of 4 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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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 EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
Alfred Hitchcock is rightly regarded as one of the greatest movie directors of all time, and "Psycho" is rightly regarded as one of his greatest films.

So how better to tell the story than with a light, tongue-in-cheek tale about Hitchcock's marital woes and battles with the studio? "Hitchcock" is a fun movie with some genuinely brilliant acting, particularly by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, and it does show us how even the greatest have to fight for their art. But it also shies away from any kind of depth.

In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) had another runaway success with "North by Northwest," but is bothered by a reporter's implication that his best work is behind him. While the studios offer him their best (such as adapting "Casino Royale"), Hitchcock wants to reclaim the raw artistic thrill of his younger days. So he decides to adapt a bestselling horror novel, "Psycho."

His wife Alma (Mirren) quickly warms to the idea, despite wanting to do her own writing projects with her friend Whitfield Cook (Danny Huston). But the studio balks, forcing Hitchcock to finance the movie with his own money.

But Alma is soon annoyed by studio meddling and Hitchcock's constant ogling of the beautiful blonde Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson). Hitchcock begins to suspect that Alma is having an affair with Whit, and the stress takes a toll on both his health and the movie shoot. At the same time, he is plagued with insecurities about the movie's future, and whether it will sink his career.

Hitchcock is a man who is still something of an enigma today, but "Hitchcock" doesn't really try to explore him in any depth.
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