Hitchcock (2012)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 42 mins

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Set during the making of Alfred Hitchcock's seminal movie 'Psycho', this love story is centered around this influential filmmaker and his wife Alma Reville.
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Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson

Crew: Sacha Gervasi (Director), Jeff Cronenweth (Director of Photography), Danny Elfman (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Drama

Release Dates: 14 Dec 2012 (India)

Tagline: Good evening.

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as Alfred Hitchcock
as Alma Reville
as Janet Leigh
as PR Flack
as Dead Woman in Tub
as Whitfield Cook
as Henry Gein
as Vera Miles
as First Guard
as John Gavin
as Lillian
as Hilton Green
as Geoffrey Shurlock
as Lew Wasserman
as Ed Gein
as Bernard Herrmann
as Joseph Stefano
as Martin Balsam
as Barney Balaban
as George Tomasini
as Rita Riggs
as Jack Russell
as Peggy Robertson
as Saul Bass


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Art Director
Production Designer
Set Decorator


Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer



Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator
Special Effects Technician


Stunt Coordinator
Stunt Performer
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Red Epic
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Good evening.
Behind every Psycho is a great woman.
Character Error
Hitchcock addresses the film music composer as "Bernie." Virtually no one called Bernard Herrmann that; those who were close to him called him "Benny."

While Hitch is in the middle of a chapter of "Psycho", Alma takes the book from him. He takes it back but continues reading from the beginning of another chapter.

When Hitch is finished being shaved in the barber's chair we see shaving cream residue on his cheeks. When he looks at his reflection in the hand mirror, the residue is gone, but when we see him from the front again, the residue is back.

Factual Mistake
At two occasions we see the famous Bates Mansion in the background, facing the right side of the house, opposite of how it appears in Psycho. Originally the house was constructed with only 2 walls - the left and front facade.

Factual Mistake
Vera Miles is portrayed behind the scenes of filming Psycho as having a full head of hair, when in reality she'd had her head shaved for her role in 5 Branded Women.
Anthony Hopkins actually met Alfred Hitchcock when he was younger. Hopkins was accompanied by his agent who introduced him to Hitchcock in a restaurant.

Real-life murderer Ed Gein inspired the character Norman Bates in the original Robert Bloch novel "Psycho"; Gein also inspired the character of Jame Gumb (Buffalo Bill) in Thomas Harris's novel "The Silence of the Lambs" which featured Anthony Hopkins in the film version.

The film was shot in 36 days.

In the end scene, a crow lands on Hitch's shoulder, indicating that his next project will be The Birds (1963). That film, and his relationship/obsession with leading lady Tippi Hedren were the basis for another film about Hitchcock, The Girl (2012), broadcast this same year.

The photograph Alfred picks up and reflects after his fight with Alma is an actual photograph of the real Hitchcock and Alma.

Anthony Hopkins is one of a number of several top British and American actors who actively pursued the role of Alfred Hitchcock.

The revised screenplay contained a large number of scenes for the characters of Janet Leigh, Vera Miles and Anthony Perkins. They were never filmed.

When Hitchcock is being driven home by Janet Leigh, when she questions his eating of the candy corn (which is not as posh and refined as his usual taste), he says "needs must when the devil drives". This is an old British phrase used in several Shakespeare plays that means when one is in a desperate situation, one must do things they don't normally do. This line and scene are meant to imply that he is agitated and his mental state is not what it normally is.

Among the actors who were considered or interviewed for the role of Alfred Hitchcock during the long preproduction were Oliver Platt, Richard Griffiths, Alfred Molina, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Murray and Johnny Depp.

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.

Andrew Garfield's rehearsal schedule and Broadway run in "Death of a Salesman" made him unavailable for the role of Anthony Perkins.

Among actors considered/auditioned to play Anthony Perkins were Ben Barnes, "Jack Huston,", Jackson Rathbone, Tom Felton, Ryan Merriman and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

During the lengthy development process, actresses considered or seen for the roles of Janet Leigh and Vera Miles included Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Evan Rachel Wood, Abbie Cornish, January Jones, Chloë Sevigny, Kate Mara, Brit Marling, Ashley Greene, Emilie de Ravin, Camilla Belle, Natalie Dormer, Dianna Agron, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Sarah Gadon. In the end, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel were cast.

Tony Goldwyn, Tony Shalhoub, Steve Guttenberg, Brad Garrett, Mark Strong and Rob Riggle were among the many actors seen/considered to play Lew Wasserman.

Coincidentally, in this film Helen Mirren portrays the wife of a famous film director when, in reality, she's married to a famous film director, namely, Taylor Hackford.

Scarlett Johansson portrays Janet Leigh in this film. Johansson and Leigh's daughter Jamie Lee Curtis share the same birthday.

Anthony Hopkins and Danny Huston have both played England's King Richard I, AKA Richard the Lionhearted. Huston played the part in Robin Hood (2010), while Hopkins played him in his film debut, The Lion in Winter (1968).