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Hitchcock

Stephen Rebello's book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is most interesting as a business story, explaining how the director, determined to buck his studio with a screen version of Robert Bloch's lurid horror novel, had to mortgage his home for funds and shoot the movie with the low-budget crew of his TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. This dramatization of Rebello's book explains all that but also engages in a lot of facile psychologizing (Hitch is fascinated with Ed Gein, the real-life serial killer who inspired Bloch) and mock-Hitchcock intrigue (he suspects his long-suffering wife, Alma, of cheating on him with a handsome screenwriter). The movie opens with a goofy sequence mimicking the TV show—corpulent silhouette, clarinet theme music, the whole bit—so you know immediately that this will be as lightweight and undemanding a Hollywood fable as My Week With Marilyn. Sacha Gervasi (Anvil: The Story of Anvil) directed; with Anthony Hopkins as the title character, Helen Mirren suitably starchy and knowing as Alma, and Scarlett Johansson pretending to be Janet Leigh.

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Director:

  • Sacha Gervasi

Cast:

  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Helen Mirren
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Toni Collette
  • Danny Huston
  • Jessica Biel
  • Michael Stuhlbarg
  • James D'Arcy
  • Michael Wincott
  • Kurtwood Smith
  • Richard Portnow
  • Wallace Langham
  • Ralph Macchio
  • Judith Hoag

Producers:

  • Ivan Reitman
  • Tom Pollock
  • Joe Medjuck
  • Tom Thayer
  • Alan Barnette
  • Ali Bell
  • Richard Middleton

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