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Sacha Gervasi (2012)

12A Certificate


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Released shortly after the TV drama The Girl, in which canonised director Alfred Hitchcock is portrayed as little more than a sadistic lech, this more agreeably comic portrayal acts as a salve, if little else. Under a mound of make-up, Anthony Hopkins gleefully plays the man as a stubborn, lugubriously wisecracking old teddy bear whose worst crimes are overeating and petty jealousy. But the film runs no deeper than that. Screenwriter John McLaughlin is surer on the making of Psycho - Hitch's belligerent reaction to the success of North by Northwest, self-financed because of studio disinterest and an unhelpful censor - than the unconvincing love triangle also involving Mrs Hitchcock, Alma Reville (a miscast Helen Mirren), and Strangers on a Train adapter Whitfield Cook (Danny Huston). Sacha Gervasi, making his narrative directorial debut after rockumentary Anvil: the Story of Anvil, struggles to bind the two strands to a misjudged fantasy element in which real-life serial killer Ed Gein becomes Hitchcock's ghoulish confidant. Despite amusing moments and a sprinkling of catnip for film buffs, Hitchcock is disappointingly inconsequential.


Premiere. Fact-based drama about the making of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The film-maker is forced to fund the controversial project personally in the face of disinterest from the studios, while the financial strain and his lecherous behaviour begin to take their toll on his relationship with wife and creative partner Alma Reville. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson.

Cast & Crew

Alfred Hitchcock Anthony Hopkins
Alma Reville Helen Mirren
Janet Leigh Scarlett Johansson
Peggy Robertson Toni Collette
Whitfield Cook Danny Huston
Vera Miles Jessica Biel
Lew Wasserman Michael Stuhlbarg
Anthony Perkins James D'Arcy
Ed Gein Michael Wincott
Geoffrey Shurlock Kurtwood Smith
Joe Stefano Ralph Macchio
Barney Balaban Richard Portnow
Saul Bass Wallace Langham
Bernard Herrmann Paul Schackman
Martin Balsam Richard Chassler
Director Sacha Gervasi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Feb 2013