Hitchcock (film)

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German title Hitchcock
Original title Hitchcock
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2012
length 98 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Sacha Gervasi
script John J. McLaughlin
production Ivan Reitman
Tom Pollock
Joe Medjuck
Alan Barnette
Tom Thayer
music Danny Elfman
camera Jeff Cronenweth
cut Pamela Martin

Hitchcock is a 2012 biopic by Sacha Gervasi . The screenplay is based on the biography Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello . The film takes place during the making of the film Psycho and focuses the story on the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville .

The film opened in American cinemas on November 23, 2012, and in Germany it was released on March 14, 2013.

In the wake of the production, the television film The Girl was broadcast a few weeks before the American theatrical release , which also shows an excerpt from Hitchcock's life - his fascination for Tippi Hedren during the making of the films The Birds and Marnie . The film is based on the book Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies by Donald Spoto. The leading roles are played by Toby Jones and Sienna Miller .


In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock, who has been in the film business since the 1920s, celebrated a great success with the successful agent thriller The Invisible Third . He will be presented with a number of offers as the next projects. So he should z. B. film the James Bond novel Casino Royale . Sixty-year-old Hitchcock, whom a reporter provocatively asked if it wasn't time to quit, has no interest in this project. He reads the novel Psycho by Robert Bloch , which fascinates him. This describes a mentally ill male female murderer with a disturbed relationship with his mother - a character modeled after the real serial killer Ed Gein .

After reading the book, Hitchcock is certain that he has to make a film of this book. He casts Janet Leigh , Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles for the film version of Psycho . He has a tense relationship with Vera Miles. She was supposed to play the main role in Vertigo , but decided to have a baby, which Hitchcock resented her. The film industry is skeptical about the film project - a violent scene with nudity under a shower and the flushing of a toilet, which has never been shown in the film, should be shown. Geoffrey Shurlock, the President of the Censorship Authority, senses numerous violations of the Hays Code in the script submitted and therefore threatens to be denied the official approval seal, which at the time was a prerequisite for showing the film in American cinemas.

Since Hitchcock's production company Paramount Pictures does not want to finance Psycho , he and his manager plan to self-finance the project, whereby he has to take out a mortgage on his house. This critical situation leads to tension between 'Hitch' and his wife Alma, who has helped him with all productions so far, but never received the recognition she wanted from her husband. The marriage also suffers from the fact that Alma is jealous of the attractive blondes who star and starred in Hitchcock's films and resents him for flirting with his leading actress, Janet Leigh. The permanent control of the diet of the overweight Hitchcock also leads to tension. As a balance and relaxation, she begins a private collaboration with the screenwriter Whitfield Cook. When Hitchcock suspects that Alma is betraying him with Whitfield, it shows effects on his health and on the production of psycho . Finally, Alma - disappointed with Whitfield's way of life - seeks to talk to her husband. When the latter then recognized Alma's previous contribution to all of his films, both end the film Psycho as if in a frenzy . Alma is z. B., who convinced Hitchcock to accompany the shower scene with the music of Bernard Herrmann .

After Hitchcock has prevailed against the censors, the film is brought to the cinemas with a large-scale PR campaign. During the world premiere of Psycho , Hitchcock can be seen in the empty vestibule of the cinema, following the soundtrack of the film during the shower scene, as a conductor, smiling blissfully, directs the audience to the emotions they have shouted out.

The film ends with Hitch thanking his wife for her support and turning to the audience to tell the audience that he is already thinking of a new project. A bird lands on his shoulder. In the credits it is mentioned that Psycho should be Hitchcock's most successful film. Hitchcock, who never won an Oscar , thanked his wife Alma after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute .



2005 it was reported that Arts & Entertainment Network would produce a TV movie or miniseries based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello should be based. Ultimately, however, the book was to become the template for a movie. In 2007 Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock managed to get a first-look deal with Paramount Pictures , the production studio behind Psycho . However, production moved to Fox Searchlight Pictures four years later .

On November 20, 2011, it was announced that Sacha Gervasi would take a seat in the director's chair after it was announced earlier the following month that Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren have been signed and will be involved in the production as Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville . Black Swan co-writer John J. McLaughlin wrote the first draft of the script while Rebello made some revisions and focused on Hitchcock's personal and professional relationship with his wife, Alma Reville, during the production of Psycho .


On March 1, 2012, it was announced that Scarlett Johansson and James D'Arcy would play the leading characters of Psycho , Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins . During the month, Jessica Biel was cast as Vera Miles .


On April 13, 2012, filming began in Los Angeles . Until then, the production was still called Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho , but the title has been changed to Hitchcock since shooting began . Filming ended on May 31, 2012. The last scenes filmed were those from the premiere of the film Psycho on June 16, 1960.


On September 12, 2012 it was announced that Danny Elfman will contribute the film score as composer. Elfman had previously directed the re-recording of the Psycho soundtrack for the 1998 remake .

The soundtrack for the film is scheduled to be released on December 14, 2012.


Helen Mirren received a 2013 Golden Globe Awards nomination ( Best Actress - Drama ). She was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award (2013), the BAFTA Award (2012)


"With 'Hitchcock' Sacha Gervasi brings an amusing chapter of film history to the big screen: a very fun affair, especially for a cinephile audience, with two outstanding actors."

“The Hitchcock in the title of this film is a cipher for a public and a private, a male and a female, an admitted and an unacknowledged side, in short a signature for which two people are responsible. It's an actor's film borne by the strong performances of Mirren and Hopkins. "

- critic.de

“'Hitchcock' hangs somewhere between biopic, drama and entertaining swank. Thanks to the excellent performance of the entire ensemble, especially Anthony Hopkins and a great Danny Elfman soundtrack, 'Hitchcock' is nevertheless an entertaining homage to one of the greatest directors of the last century. "

German version

The German version of the film was created by RC Production Kunze & Wunder GmbH & Co. KG . The dialogue book was written by Hannes Maurer and directed by Norman Matt .

actor role speaker
Anthony Hopkins Alfred Hitchcock Joachim Kerzel
Helen Mirren Alma Reville Karin Buchholz
Scarlett Johansson Janet Leigh Luise Helm
Toni Collette Peggy Robertson Christin Marquitan
Danny Huston Whitfield Cook Klaus-Dieter Klebsch
Jessica Biel Vera Miles Gundi Eberhard
James D'Arcy Anthony Perkins Leonhard Mahlich
Michael Stuhlbarg Lew Wasserman Jaron Lowenberg
Ralph Macchio Joseph Stefano Axel Malzacher
Kurtwood Smith Geoffrey Shurlock Frank-Otto Schenk
Michael Wincott Ed Gein Oliver Stritzel
Paul Schackman Bernard Herrmann Uwe Büschken


  • Stephen Rebello: Hitchcock and the story of "Psycho". Wilhelm Heyne, Munich 2013, ISBN 978-3-453-43726-5 . (Basis for the script)

Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. Denise Martin: A&E looks into 'Live' . Variety. July 13, 2005. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
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  4. Dave Trumbore: Scarlett Johansson and James D'Arcy Join ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE MAKING OF PSYCHO . Collider.com. March 1, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  5. Matt Donnelly: Jessica Biel nabs coveted 'Hitchcock' role as Vera Miles . Los Angeles Times. March 21, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  6. ^ Sophia Savage: Gervasi's 'Hitchcock' Shortens Title & Calls Itself A Love Story; Shoots April 13 in LA with Hopkins, Mirren & Johansson . Indiewire. April 12, 2012. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved September 17, 2012. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / blogs.indiewire.com
  7. ^ Richard Horgan: UCLA Prof, Students Visit Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock Set . Media bistro. June 4, 2012. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved September 17, 2012. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.mediabistro.com
  8. Dave Trumbore: Danny Elfman to Score Gus Van Sant's PROMISED LAND and Sacha Gervasi's HITCHCOCK, Both of Which May Debut Early to Qualify for 2012 Oscars . Collider. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  9. ^ David Browne: Psycho: Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture . Entertainment Weekly. January 8, 1999. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  10. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Of "HITCHCOCK" With Music By Danny Elfman Available December 4, 2012 . The Sacramento Bee. November 16, 2012. Archived from the original on November 20, 2012. Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved November 20, 2012. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.sacbee.com
  11. ^ Page of the Screen Actors Guild
  12. page of the BAFTA
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  15. Review at critic.de, accessed on January 24, 2013
  16. Review ( Memento of the original from January 15, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. at cinemaforever.blog.de, accessed on February 26, 2013 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / cinemaforever.blog.de
  17. Hitchcock. In: synchronkartei.de. German dubbing file , accessed on March 2, 2017 .