Drama, Biography
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Sacha Gervasi
Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock
Ralph Macchio as Joe Stefano
Judith Hoag as Lillian
Kai Lennox as Hilton Green
Kurtwood Smith as Geoffrey Shurlock
Michael Stuhlbarg as Lew Wasserman
Danny Huston as Whitfield Cook
Wallace Langham as Saul Bass
Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh
Toni Collette as Peggy Robertson
Jessica Biel as Vera Miles
Helen Mirren as Alma Reville
Richard Portnow as Barney Balaban
Michael Wincott as Ed Gein
James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins
Tara Summers as Rita Riggs
Storyline: 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.
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A great insight into the great Alfred Hitchcock
This film documents the life of Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his relationship with his wife Alma (Helen Mirren) while he goes through with the production of the controversial Psycho. I study Film at my college and have since become a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock, so if you are a big fan of this great then this film is for you. However, if you are a big fan of action and thriller then go see a different film as this is not the film for you. This film really is good because of the dialogue, narrative and especially the performances of everybody especially Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. These two's interactions are the best part of this film as you the audience see the struggles for both of these characters for different reasons. Hopkins steals the film as he should and really makes this the great film as it is because it doesn't just show Hitchcock in his glory but also his lowest lows. This film is great and was thoroughly enjoyable due mostly to the characters being put in these difficult situations and imagining them having these problems in real life.
Consistently entertaining!
An interesting and enjoyable take on the making of Psycho. The movie also approached Alfred Hitchcock's relationship with his wife, giving the story a more dramatic tone. Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock was pretty convincing though I think the massive use of make up made his performance a bit contrived. On the other hand, Helen Mirren was remarkable and gave a stellar performance as his wife. There are a few embarrassing scenes that weren't necessary and could have been cut, but there are also some great moments like the ending and one scene with Janet Leigh in the backstage (hilarious for those who've seen Psycho). Overall, the movie is consistently funny and entertaining even though uneven at times.
For a straight to DVD movie this one is highly recommended
This one was a pleasant surprise although I was kinda hyped to see a movie about one of the greatest film maker of all time. Or at least the master of suspense. But this movie isn't an entire biography of Alfred Hitchcock. Where it shows how he became a film maker and all that stuff. But sort of goes in the movie "Lincoln" direction. Where it focuses on one primary goal. And in this case about what Hitchcock had to go through in order to get the production company and the studio to back up his film "Psycho" which is one of his trademark films. And probably one of his most successful movie he directed. The thing is the production company is not completely with him on the project and because censorship was overly strict back than it makes it difficult to make the film. I was really impressed with Daniel Day-Lewis's portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the movie "Lincoln". And I will say Anthony Hopkins is phenomenal as Alfred Hitchcock. He really brings Hitchcock to life like what Daniel Day-Lewis did with Lincoln. I didn't expect Hopkins to be this amazing of an actor. The movie also focuses on the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville(Helen Mirren). Helen Mirren is good as always in films. Although the main focus is Hitchcock trying to get his trademark movie to go through and get made. It really dives into the mindset of Hitchcock and a bit about his character. When it comes to straight to DVD movies this one is highly recommended.

The Master of Suspense
Although not exactly in the horror genre, this bio-pic about the master of suspense is worth a review AND a viewing! This film covers the making of "Psycho" and the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife during the filming. It includes lots of little-known-facts for those who are fans, and a truly in-depth look at a master director and his wife even for those who are not Hitchcock aficionados. Anthony Hopkins portrays a pitch-perfect Hitchcock who is trying to live up to his last few films- while studios press him to produce at the same level. Helen Mirren, who should have at least been nominated for an award for this part, plays his long-suffering wife who puts up with him, attempts to keep him on a diet, fixes his scripts, and deals with his obsessions with his leading ladies.

The story of how "Psycho" was filmed turns out to be one of frustration and disbelief- most people in Hollywood thought Hitchcock was completely insane and that the novel, "Psycho" was trashy and unfilmable. Hitchcock's wife not only stood by him as he went through a demoralizing and difficult stage, but helped him develop the story of "Psycho" to something that became one of the first horror classics.

The only really "scary" parts of this film are where Hitchcock daydreams (or hallucinates) Ed Gein, who appears to him in several scenes of his killing spree and then later in his film development. (Also, an amazing moment when Tony Curtis looks like a f***ing lunatic). However the back-story behind this classic film is worth understanding, as well as the story behind the great man (which turns out to be his fabulous wife!).

If you are a Hitchcock fan, or enjoy a movie about a fascinating Hollywood relationship, definitely see this film!!
Hitchcock's biopic particularly developing his relationship to Alma Reville and the shooting of Psycho
A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and wife Alma Reville (Alma Reville) during the filming of Psycho (1960) in 1959 . As Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho by Robert Bloch , but the novel's inspiration haunts his dreams , including the series killer Ed Gein (Michael Wincott) , then Alma finally loses patience .

The film mainly deals with filming ¨Psycho¨ , Hithcock masterpiece and his most accomplished and perfect movie . Psycho was not only Hitchcock's biggest successful movie,but was a phenomenon in its own right , the picture is a magnum opus of the terror genre and its immediate impact and its future influence was enormous and cannot be over emphasised . It also concerns on the relationship between Hitch and his wife Alma Reville , perfectly played by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren respectively . Helen Mirren had met the real Alfred Hitchcock when he approached her for a part as a murder victim in his penultimate film, Frenzi (1972) ; Mirren turned down the role, a decision she later regretted. Although many reviewers criticized the film for inventing an intimate relationship between Alma Reville and Whitfield Cook, the facts are documented by more than one Hitchcock scholar, as exemplified by Patrick McGilligan in his biography of Alfred Hitchcock. There are developed various scenes about ¨Psycho ¨shooting as when Marion (Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh) leaves her fiancée and heads with her car toward California , when is caught in a storm she leaves the highway and enter to Bates hotel . The hotel with twelve rooms (and 12 showers) is managed by a strange young named Norman (James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins) who seems to be submitted by his overbearing mother . The shower images are well recreated , these scenes are one of the most studied ,copied and analysed sequences in cinema history and has obtained a notoriety what exceeds of the movie itself. The character of Ed Gein was included in the original screenplay. In subsequent drafts, the role of Gein was either eliminated completely or reduced in importance. Terrific acting by Anthony Hopkins as Hitch and sensitive performance by Mirren as Alma , in fact , this movie is a perceptive homage to a great screenwriter , and Hitch's supporter , Alma Reville . The movie has a fine support cast playing notorious characters who had an important role on Hitch films such as Jessica Biel as Vera Miles , Toni Collette as Peggy Robertson , Michael Stuhlbarg as Lew Wasserman , Ralph Macchio as screen writer Joseph Stefano , Wallace Langham as Saul Bass , Paul Schackman as Bernard Herrmann and Spencer Garrett as George Tomasini . Nice production design , as scenes set in Alfred Hitchcock's Paramount suite of offices were filmed in Hitchcock's actual office on that studio's lot.

Colorful as well as evocative cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth . Lively and atmospheric musical score by Danny Elffmann . The picture was well directed by Sacha Gervasi ; it was shot in 36 days with exquisite taste and intelligence by the master Hitchcock who makes an impeccable control of every scene and maneuvers your emotions, infusing with a deliciously wit and ironic
insightful and great "Good EEvening" entertainment
The story of the "Master of Suspense" is depicted so well in this movie, thanks to all the players and the nostalgic effects. I remember personally when the scary movie "Psycho" was released when I was fourteen, so I was easily immersed into the era of the early sixties, not only from the time of, again, the release of the reputedly scary movie and the allusions to "North by Northwest" and "Vertigo" (personally, my favorite Hitchcock film, by the way) but also from the allusions to the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis films of the 1950's. One piercingly noticeable fact from this movie is that Alfred Hitchcock was so obsessed with his working that this man was seemingly possessed by his perfecting in his directing. (There were places where scenes were shot depicting his unhappy home life and scenes were shot depicting, in turn, scenes that were being shot for the movie "Psycho", and it was difficult at times to distinguish between the two types of scenes.) Again, the actors were well-chosen. Though he was not a spitting image of Hitchcock, Anthony Hopkins did portray the part of that man well, with the same bald head and the corpulent body. Helen Mirren adapted well to the role of Alma Hitchcock, Alfred's often-hostile wife. The beautiful Scarlett Johannson came across well as the beautiful actress Janet Leigh, and was virtually an exact look-alike of Leigh. The appealing Jessica Biel acted well the part of Vera Miles. I remember Anthony Perkins from some of his '50's movies, and James D'Arcy looked very much like, and sounded very much like, Perkins himself. The scene of, in turn, again, the shower scene from "Psycho" was done well, loud and scary, and here also Hitchcock was authentic, being so obsessed and/or possessed. Yes, the cast was impressive. Again, an excellent biopic about the Master of Suspense and, simultaneously, an excellent brief account about the making of the movie "Psycho".
Charming Performances make for a Great Insight to the Acclaimed Director,
Hitchcock is a terrific movie with a very well developed storyline and a stellar cast. It was a really interesting and entertaining insight in to the life of director Alfred Hitchcock as he was making Psycho, focusing largely on the troubles he had with his wife Alma at the time, their relationship is certainly the strongest element of the film. There was certainly some roles that were underused that should have been established more, particularly James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins, who delivers an uncanny performance, and despite the fact that Norman Bates was the main character in Psycho, D'Arcy receives limited screen time that left me disappointed. As well as that, Hitchcock's dream sequences felt forced and unnecessary, the tone was too different to the majority of the film, it simply did not feel needed, it was wasted time that should have been used to develop Perkin's character. Other than that, many of the cast members full potential is showcased, Anthony Hopkins suits the role perfectly, its hard to imagine anyone playing Hitchcock as well, Helen Mirren also shines as the wife, their chemistry is magnificent, they are also joined by a stunning Scarlett Johansson as the great Janet Leigh and Jessica Biel as the difficult, yet likable, Vera Miles. Hitchcock is a wild ride in which most of its flaws are hidden by all it did right, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good drama.

Chronicles the struggles of director Alfred Hitchcock as he was making what would soon become his most beloved film, Psycho.

Best Performance: Anthony Hopkins
"A well-cast but ultimately messily handled drama..."
2012 has seen two screen depictions of the so-called Master of Suspense. First Toby Jones took the role in the BBC's The Girl and now Anthony Hopkins tries his hand in Sacha Gervasi's simply titled Hitchcock, allowing us a sneaky peephole look at the build up to, production of and the reception to, Alfred Hitchcock's game changing horror film Psycho.

The film does not waste any time with suggesting its motifs. In a film about such a wonderful crafter of story and cinema, you could be forgiven for expecting subtlety to be at the forefront of Gervasi's mind. Sadly not- the first act is as subtle as a breadknife in pointing out all the obvious characteristics we should be looking out for with Hitchcock and his 'new' film. Yes he had an obsession with blonde leading ladies. Yes he drank a lot. Yes Psycho was influenced partly by the real killer Ed Gein. It should not have taken awful sexualised puns with Janet Leigh, and an almost farcical first scene in which Hitchcock speaks to us directly while standing next to the Wisconsin killer on which Norman Bates was slightly based. And they unfortunately lower both the tone of the film and the audience's expectations rather quickly. From there on, the film becomes a well-cast but ultimately messily handled drama about this period of Hitchcock's life.

But even within the tight confines of looking at Hitchcock at one point in his career, at one movie he made, there is still too much going on for a film that runs only just over the ninety minute mark. Should we focus on his domestic relationship with wife Alma Reville, as she sneaks off to spend time with a younger writer, Danny Huston's Whitfield Cook? I hope not: these scenes are more painful than being stabbed to death in the shower, playing out like a poor American soap opera. Instead, maybe we should turn our attention to Hitchcock's inner struggle with the film at hand, while he navigates actors, self-finance and visits from serial killers in his dreams. But while the latter is slightly more interesting for the audience and better crafted by the director, the former seems to take first place in terms of screen time. By the conclusion of the film, the two trains of thought come together, and Alfred and Alma's marital subplot has enough weight to carry what turns out to be an enjoyable and rewarding ending, but until then we simply seem to be biding our time. And not in the classic Hitchockian sense of the phrase.

As Hopkins keeps his head as Hitchcock (although slightly lacking the creepiness that Jones played so well) it is his supporting cast that catches the audience's eye. Scarlett Johansson is excellent as Janet Leigh while Helen Mirren plays the torn and tormented Alma brilliantly. James D'Arcy's Anthony Perkins and Jessica Biel as the almost ignored Vera Miles are also worth a mention.

Hitchcock is an interesting, easy to watch, insight into one of Hollywood's greats, both in terms of the film it depicts and its maker. However, my advice to anyone with only time to watch one of the two: choose Psycho any day and imagine for yourself the behind the scenes drama if you so desire.
Good dramatization!
Good evening! I'm a huge fan of Hitchcock. Just take a look at the films I own from the director and you'll know what I'm talking about, gentleman. I'll be kind enough to give you the proper address where you can see these movies:


Anyway, even having my personal problems with Hollywood dramatizing a Hitchcock related material nowadays, I could make my way to check this most anticipated performance of Mr. Hopkins as the Master of Suspense. And I can only resume the experience as a wonderful feeling of joy and satisfaction comes to me as I see the picture, considering the fact I'm not keen to cine-biographies, as they tend to distort some facts for the sake of dramatization alone. Even this one, in fact, has many problems.

But I can kindly regard the fact that the Master is being properly introduced to a younger generation with this film, so I can murder my criticism for cine-biographies this time and give this one a free pass. And if I even have to use the sharpest blade to murder that criticism, I will happily do so. Thank you and good night!
How two limeys made the film the Americans said they can't make
First of all, this is not a biography of Alfred Hitchcock, as some viewers have thought it to be. It's all about the foreigners who came to Hollywood and made game-changing cinema art in spite of desperate and idiotic resistance from the All-American studios and censors. That's what the film is about. The point in case could have been Chaplin, Lang, Forman, Scott, there have been so many. It happens to be Hitchcock and his battle to make Psycho, directed by a another Brit with probably similar experiences. I would compare Hitchcock with another 2012 movie, Spielberg's Lincoln, also often misunderstood as a biographical effort. The problem with chronological biography films is that the viewer usually knows the plot beforehand and has strong feelings about how it should be presented and what actors should look like. Both Hitchcock and Lincoln take a refreshing approach, concentrating on just a few decisive months of their respective careers instead of decades of events. Psycho proceeded from Hitch reading the novel to the release of the film in less than a year. The relationship of Hitch and his wife Alma Reville is revisited in the light of their shared determination to complete the film, so it's more about a working relationship than about a love affair in any remotely normal sense. Anthony Hopkins pulls off his Hitch characterization, which could have been silly in some other context. Helen Mirren really let's loose as Reville, and Scarlett Johansson does her Hitchcock blonde thing so perfectly one cannot but empathize with the old geezer's obsession. I was going to give the film 8 points but I just have to add one more for Ms. Johansson. By the way, I was a small child when Psycho came out, but I remember the scary newspaper ads and all the viewers absolutely flat out refusing to tell the curious what all the fuzz was about and what happens in the film. It was a game changer that changed the film industry for ever back in 1960. Secrets could be kept then.
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