• 12
  • Sacha Gervasi (2012)
  • US
  • 94 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson. Following the success of North by Northwest, director Alfred Hitchcock takes the gamble of his career when he decides to make a film version of Robert Bloch's horror story, Psycho. Meanwhile, the relationship with wife and collaborator Alma Reville starts to fray when she embarks on a script with charming writer Whitfield Cook.

Cast and 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


Sacha Gervasi

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Some swearing, sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 8 Feb 2013
Certificate 12