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A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.



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Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother. Written by Col Needham <>

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Release Date:

8 September 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho  »

Box Office


$806,947 (estimated)


$32,000,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film only cost US$800,000 to make and has earned more than US$40 million. Alfred Hitchcock used the crew from his TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) to save time and money. In 1962 he exchanged the rights to the film and his TV series for a huge block of MCA's stock, becoming its third-largest stockholder). See more »


When Norman first meets Marion his first words to her were an apology for not hearing her on account of the rain. He then asks her to accompany him into the office. His lips don't even move during this scene and he gestures with a hand signal for her to go inside instead; the audio must have been added later in post-production. See more »


Norman Bates: Dirty night.
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Opening credits prologue: PHOENIX, ARIZONA




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Hitchcock's best film ever
15 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Let me start out by saying that I am a fan of Alfred Hitchcock. This movie, in my opinion, is his best work ever. But I think that Hitchcock owes a lot of his success to his long time partner Bernard Herman, who scored the music for many of his films including this one. Anthony Perkins filled the shoes of Norman Bates perfectly. He didn't overact, and he didn't underact. Janet Leigh wasn't the best person to portray Marion, but she played the part fairly adequetly. However, I liked Vera Miles the best in this film. Hitchcock had her in mind for the role after she had to quit working on his last film "Vertigo". She was probably the key role here, since she was the one who discovered Norman's terrifying secret. Tony Award-winning actor Martin Basalm was terrific in his brief appearance as the private detective trying to track Marion down. John Gavin was ok, but nothing to brag about. Hitchcock made a wise decision in filming the movie in black and white, and made history when he demanded that no one be let into the theater after the movie started in order not to cause confusion. This is the most brilliant film I have ever seen, and I give it 5 stars (out of 5).

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