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

''Film/{{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 does justice to them as a great couple though and shows their ability to work together to create great works, as well as their ability to work apart and create, not so great works.


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!! This Film Contains Examples Of:
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Alfred Hitchcock puts the decayed corpse prop used as Mrs. Bates in Janet Leigh's room. Janet screamed and ran out of her room, demanding an explanation from Hitchcock. "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.
* 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 Book Ends 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}}''.
* 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":
-->''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.
* UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode: Censors almost refuse to certify ''Psycho'', which would have left the film unviewable in the United States.
* OedipusComplex: Noted by many male characters brought into the ''Psycho'' production.
* ThePeepingTom: It shows up constantly as a theme for Hitchock 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.
* 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 Janet Leigh'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.
* TransparentCloset: InUniverse, Anthony Perkins' sexuality is relatively common knowledge.
* WeightWoe: Hitchcock is on a perpetual diet, alternating with bouts of binge eating when under stress.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: An InUniverse example: Hitch turns down Creator/IanFleming's ''Literature/CasinoRoyale''. He could have been the first director of the ''Film/JamesBond'' series.
* 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.
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