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->''"You shouldn't wait until half way through. Kill her after thirty minutes."''
-->-- '''Alma Reville Hitchcock'''

''Hitchcock'' is a 2012 biographical film by Sacha Gervasi about none other than Creator/AlfredHitchcock, one of the most prominent film directors of the 20th century, and stars Creator/AnthonyHopkins as the title role and Creator/HelenMirren as Hitchcock's wife Alma. ''Hitchcock'' revolves around the creation of one of Hitch's most prominent works, ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' from its inception as a titillating book he is reading to watching the first theater goers scream in fright at the infamous shower scene.

The film also deals with his relationship with his wife Alma, their struggles with each other and the occasionally petty jealousies that can drive them apart. The film shows their ability to work together to create great works, as well as their ability to work apart and create, not so great works.

The cast is rounded up by Creator/ScarlettJohansson as Creator/JanetLeigh, Creator/JessicaBiel as Creator/VeraMiles, Creator/JamesDArcy as Creator/AnthonyPerkins, Creator/DannyHuston as Hitchcock contributor Whitfield Cook, and Creator/ToniCollette as Hitchcock's script supervisor Peggy Robertson.
!!This film contains examples of:

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Alfred Hitchcock puts the decayed corpse prop used as Mrs. Bates in Creator/JanetLeigh's room. Janet screamed and ran out of her room, demanding an explanation from Hitchcock, who says, "What? Mrs. Bates asked if she could take a nap in your room. I told her that would be fine." Despite the fact that Janet still looked rather mad, we see her grin a little and roll her eyes before she walks off, suggesting this trope.
* AdaptationDisplacement: An unusually literal version in-universe, as Hitchcock tries to buy up every available copy of Robert Bloch's novel.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Creator/VeraMiles was blonde in real life. She's played by brunette Jessica Biel - though she does wear a blonde wig on the set of the film.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: A variation. The film ends with a bird landing on Hitchcock's shoulder, referencing [[Film/TheBirds the next film]] he would work on.
* {{Bookends}}: The film starts and ends with Hitchcock speaking directly to the audience about a production he will soon start on.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Hitchcock will occasionally speak directly to the audience as he was known to do in real life. The {{bookends}} are the most direct example.
* ControlFreak: Hitch. It's why Vera Miles opted for marriage and motherhood.
* DeadpanSnarker: Hitch, of course! It was one of his trademarks in real life! Alma is also great at this.
--> '''Hitchcock:''' I'll never be able to find a Hitchcock blonde as beautiful as you.
--> '''Alma:''' I've waited thirty years to hear you say that.
--> '''Hitchcock:''' And that, my dear, is why they call me the Master of Suspense.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Alma and Whitfield go off to work on a story at his beach house, Hitchcock accuses them of having an affair, to which she responds by attacking him for putting her in that situation, but never denies the affair. TruthInTelevision: Both Alma and Whitfield would, after Hitchcock's death, admit that they did in fact have a brief affair during the production of ''Film/{{Psycho}}''.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Alma has this attitude, as she opts to work with Whitfield just so she won't be overshadowed by her husband on one production.
* EnforcedMethodActing: In-universe; Hitchcock torments Creator/JanetLeigh with increasingly explicit sexual fantasies while she's filming the car scene.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Discussed while editing the film as Alma notices a bit of nudity in a few frames of the shower scene.
** Also this StealthPun when Anthony Perkins insists on referring to Hitch as "Mr. Hitchcock":
--->'''Hitchcock:''' You may call me Hitch. Hold the Cock.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Hitchcock's investment pitch includes graphic photographs of Ed Gein's victims, or what remains of them. We never get a good look at what's in the photographs.
* HardWorkMontage: The film editing sequence.
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Alma Hitchcock in real life was very matronly and ordinary, very unlike the shapely and stunning Creator/HelenMirren, and Hitch himself was far more wrinkly and flabby around the jowline than Creator/AnthonyHopkins in the fatsuit.
* KickTheDog: Hitch spitefully calling Alma's personal project "stillborn" is a moment of quite surprising cruelty, considering he understands better than most how much emotional energy creators invest in their works. After she calls him out for it and he has cooled down enough to think it over, he is genuinely remorseful and sincerely apologises for it.
* MetaCasting: Scarlett Johansson has long been noted in fashion circles for her love of gowns and hairstyles inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood. So who better to cast as one of the stars of that era?
* OedipusComplex: Noted by many male characters brought into the ''Psycho'' production.
* ThePeepingTom: It shows up constantly as a theme for Hitchcock himself. A small hole in the trailer walls allows Hitchcock to do this to his female starlets.
* PrimaDonnaDirector: Arguably applies to Hitchcock.
* PsychoStrings: Hitchcock initially rejects them, then changes his mind when he realizes how effective they are.
* SanitySlippage: Happens to Hitch as he suffers from some {{Hallucinations}} as his stress level increases during the filming and due to the perceived infidelity of Alma.
* ShoutOut:
** The {{Bookends}}, as well as the closing credits music, reference ''Creator/AlfredHitchcockPresents''.
** A scene where Hitchcock is silhouetted on a door also references the series.
** A non-Hitchcock example has Hitch needling the financiers by saying the finger cakes are actually fingers. [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Charming, Dr. Lecter...]]
* ShownTheirWork:
** Creator/VeraMiles is shown with short hair, and has to wear a blonde wig on set. She had shaved her head for ''Film/FiveBrandedWomen'', which is why she had to wear a wig in ''Psycho''.
** The book that Alma helps Whitfield write is a real one that was eventually published in 1981.
** A reference to Janet Leigh's work before ''Psycho'' is made when Vera Miles warns her of Hitchcock's tendencies and Leigh brushes it off with a "Still better than working for Welles." Leigh had previously worked for Creator/OrsonWelles in his film ''Film/TouchOfEvil''.
* SleepingSingle: Hitchcock and Alma, who are also in a SexlessMarriage.
* StalkerWithACrush: Vera Miles (Creator/JessicaBiel) accuses Hitchcock of being one.
* TheOneThatGotAway: Creator/GraceKelly's marriage and abandoning of acting has cast a long shadow over Hitch's movies and his marriage.
* TrailersAlwaysLie:
** The trailer makes it seem as though Alma suggests killing off Creator/JanetLeigh's character midway through the film as a grudge against Leigh herself. Not only is that not the case, but also Alma carefully compliments Leigh at the end on her "professional" behavior--that is, on her ability to resist Hitchcock's attempts to seduce her.
** Also, a cute moment in the trailer has someone asking how ''Psycho'' ends, to which Hitch replies "I promised Mother I wouldn't tell." This joke, alas, is not in the movie.
* TransparentCloset: [[InUniverse In-universe]], Anthony Perkins is relatively commonly known to be homosexual. In RealLife this claim is a more contentious subject.
* WeightWoe: Hitchcock is on a perpetual diet, alternating with bouts of binge eating when under stress.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: An in-universe example: Hitch turns down Creator/IanFleming's ''Literature/CasinoRoyale''. He could have been the first director of the ''Film/JamesBond'' series.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: The filmmakers weren't allowed to use any footage from ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', resulting in the film's focus on the Hitchcock marriage as opposed to the nuts-and-bolts of the making of the film.
* YourCheatingHeart: Hitchcock and Alma are both thinking about it, although neither has much success. Whitfield, by contrast, cheats on both his wife ''and'' on Alma.