Synopsis: In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth's artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho (1960), over everyone's misgivings. Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances and labors on this film, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with his actresses. When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension colors Alfred's work even as the novel's inspiration haunts his dreams.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Sacha Gervasi
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 28 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

You know...

there's gonna be a lot more jobs

at that factory in Milwaukee come June.

I could put in a word.

You can't leave us, Henry.

She needs us both.

Can you stop being a mama's boy

for one second?

I'm not trying to hurt you, but Jesus,

you gotta live your own life sometime.

That woman can

take care of her own god...

Oh, good evening.

Well, brother has been killing brother

since Cain and Abel...

yet even I didn't see that coming.

I was as blindsided

as poor old Henry down there.

And apparently,

the authorities shared my naivet.

In other words,

they believed the young man's story.

That Henry fell,

hit his head on a stone...

and died of smoke asphyxiation.

On the other hand,

if they hadn't believed him...

Ed Gein would never

have had the opportunity...

to commit those heinous crimes

for which he became most famous.

And we, of course, well...

we wouldn't have our little movie,

would we?

This thing's gonna be gigantic.

I wish I had 20 percent of the take.

Does tonight's incredible reaction

surprise you, Mr. Hitchcock?

No. When I was planning

North by Northwest...

I could already hear

the screams and the laughter.

- Any questions, my dear?

- Pity.

Mr. Hitchcock,

you've directed 46 motion pictures.

You're the most famous director

in the history of the medium.

- But you're 60 years old.

Shouldn't you just quit

while you're ahead?

Muhammad had the eyes of

peeping toms gouged out with arrows.

Well, that must have been rather painful.

And talking of arrows...

did you read that little snippet from

A.H. Weiler's review

in The New York Times?

He said he found the climax

to be "overdrawn."

Well, I doubt Mr. Weiler

has had a climax in years.

"North by Northwestreminds us

of Mr. Hitchcock's earlier...

more inventive spy thrillers."

And there is an accompanying list.

"The New Masters of Suspense."

Why do they keep looking for new ones

when they still have the original?

Oh, don't be maudlin.

You know how much it aggravates me.

Just stop reading them.

You've been reading them for a week.

Tell me, my dear,

do you think I'm too old?

Yes, you're a true relic.

And lest we forget,

a notably corpulent one.

You always know precisely where

to plunge the dagger, don't you?

Right between the shoulder blades.

I learned it from your pictures.

And where, may I ask, are you off to?

I'm going to have brunch with Whit,

after I drop you off at the studio.

Would you care to join us?

We have just established that I am far too

corpulent to be seen in broad daylight.

Oh, you'll feel better

when you find a new project.

Hasn't Peggy unearthed any decent books

for you recently?

Yes, sleeping pills with dust jackets.

So, what do you think?

Very presentable.

Hurry up, dear. You're pruning.

Good morning.

Mrs. Hitchcock. Mr. Hitchcock.


Thank you.

There's a project out there

waiting for you, Hitch.

I promise you.

I hope so. Thank you, my dear.

Have a good day.

I need something fresh,

something different.

Without expensive stars to pretty it up.

The Diary of Anne Frank for the third time.

The audience would

spend the entire picture...

waiting for Miss Frank to discover

the corpse I'd hidden in the attic.

- Wouldn't you agree, Nunzio?

- Si.

MGM wants you for the lan Fleming book

Casino Royale, with Cary Grant.

Definitely your style.

Doesn't she know I just made that movie?

It was called North by Northwest.

And style, my dear,

is mere self-plagiarism.

Nice, clean, nasty little piece of work.

That's what I'm looking for.

I shall see what I can find.


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