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Psycho -- Blu-Ray Trailer for Psycho
Psycho -- Marion Crane is brutally stabbed in this famous scene.
Psycho -- A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.
Psycho -- Norman Bates tells Marion about his mother.
Psycho -- Driving in a rainstorm, Marion Crane reflects on her crime until she happens upon the Bates Motel.

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Director:
Writers:
Joseph Stefano (screenplay)
Robert Bloch (novel)
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Release Date:
8 September 1960 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The picture you MUST see from the beginning... Or not at all!... For no one will be seated after the start of... Alfred Hitchcock's greatest shocker Psycho. See more »
Plot:
A Phoenix secretary steals $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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Perkins ... Norman Bates

Vera Miles ... Lila Crane

John Gavin ... Sam Loomis

Janet Leigh ... Marion Crane

Martin Balsam ... Det. Milton Arbogast

John McIntire ... Sheriff Al Chambers

Simon Oakland ... Dr. Fred Richman

Frank Albertson ... Tom Cassidy

Patricia Hitchcock ... Caroline (as Pat Hitchcock)

Vaughn Taylor ... George Lowery

Lurene Tuttle ... Mrs. Chambers

John Anderson ... California Charlie
Mort Mills ... Highway Patrol Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fletcher Allen ... Policeman on Steps (uncredited)
Prudence Beers ... Extra (uncredited)
Kit Carson ... Extra (uncredited)
Francis De Sales ... Deputy District Attorney Alan Deats (uncredited)
George Dockstader ... Extra (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Police Chief James Mitchell (uncredited)
Harper Flaherty ... Extra (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... County Sheriff (uncredited)

Virginia Gregg ... Norma Bates (voice) (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Outside Real Estate Office (uncredited)
Paul Jasmin ... Norma Bates (voice) (uncredited)
Lee Kass ... Extra (uncredited)
Frank Killmond ... Bob Summerfield (uncredited)

Ted Knight ... Policeman in Hallway Opening Door (uncredited)
Pat McCaffrie ... Police Guard (uncredited)

Jeanette Nolan ... Norma Bates (voice) (uncredited)
Lillian O'Malley ... Extra (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller ... Extra (uncredited)
Helen Wallace ... Hardware Store Customer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Joseph Stefano (screenplay)

Robert Bloch (novel)

Produced by
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
John L. Russell (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Tomasini 
 
Casting by
Jere Henshaw (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Robert Clatworthy 
Joseph Hurley 
 
Set Decoration by
George Milo 
 
Costume Design by
Rita Riggs (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup supervisor
Florence Bush .... hairstylist
Robert Dawn .... makeup supervisor
Larry Germain .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lew Leary .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hilton A. Green .... assistant director
Lester Wm. Berke .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Curtis Baessler .... assistant props (uncredited)
Bob Bone .... props (uncredited)
George Cook .... assistant prop shop (uncredited)
Dave Lee .... prop shop (uncredited)
Harold Wolf .... leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
William Russell .... sound recordist
Waldon O. Watson .... sound recordist
Robert R. Bertrand .... mike technician (uncredited)
John Ruth .... cable man (uncredited)
Harold Tucker .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Clarence Champagne .... special effects
Walter Hammond .... special effects (uncredited)
Don Wolz .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Aldridge .... grip: Phoenix (uncredited)
Jack Austin .... grip: Phoenix (uncredited)
Eugene Barragy .... key grip: Phoenix (uncredited)
Walter Bluemel .... assistant camera: Phoenix (uncredited)
Robert Burkett .... camera operator: Phoenix (uncredited)
Norman Cassidy .... best boy electric (uncredited)
William N. Clark .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Eugene Cook .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Craemer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Alan Davey .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bobby Greene .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Harper .... key grip (uncredited)
George H. Merhoff .... gaffer (uncredited)
Saul Selznick .... second company grip (uncredited)
Jim Sloan .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Sutton .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Tommy Wilson .... electrician (uncredited)
Rex Wimpy .... director of photography: Phoenix (uncredited)
Rex Wimpy .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Colvig .... costume supervisor
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Theodore R. Parvin .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Israel Baker .... musician: violin solo (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... pictorial consultant
Saul Bass .... titles designed by
Virginia Boyle .... stand-in (uncredited)
Everett W. Brown .... technical advisor (uncredited)
John 'Bud' Cardos .... bird handler (uncredited)
Frank da Vinci .... stand-in (uncredited)
Anne Dore .... double: Anthony Perkins (uncredited)
John Drake .... stand-in: Anthony Perkins (uncredited)
Margo Epper .... body double: Mother in shower sequence (uncredited)
June Gleason .... stand-in: Vera Miles (uncredited)
Charles S. Gould .... location director (uncredited)
Melvin Hilgenfeld .... technical advisor (uncredited)
William T. Hurtz .... director: animated titles (uncredited)
Myra Jones .... body double: Janet Leigh (uncredited)
Myra Jones .... stand-in: Janet Leigh (uncredited)
Richard Kindelon .... stand-in (uncredited)
Harold Lockwood .... stand-in: Martin Balsam (uncredited)
Paul Mathews .... stand-in: John Gavin (uncredited)
Jim Merrick .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Marli Renfro .... shower scene double: Janet Leigh (uncredited)
Peggy Robertson .... assistant: Mr. Hitchcock (uncredited)
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Herb Steinberg .... publicity director: Paramount (uncredited)
Dolores Stockton .... secretary: Mr. Hitchcock (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
109 min | Germany:108 min (cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Argentina:13 (DVD rating) | Argentina:16 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Brazil:14 (video rating) (2000) | Brazil:18 (TV rating) (1996) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:18A (British Columbia) (2010) | Chile:18 (original rating) | Chile:14 (re-rating) | Czech Republic:U | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1969) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1965) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1960) | France:16 (original rating) | France:12 (re-release) | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2006) | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2004) | Iceland:16 | Israel:16 | Italy:16+ | Italy:T (video rating) | Japan:G (2013) | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1960) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1960) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:15 | South Korea:18 (DVD rating) (2000) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (re-release) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (re-release: re-rating) (1998) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1999) (2003) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #19564) (original release) | USA:R (re-rating) (1984) | USA:M (re-rating) (1968) | West Germany:18 (original rating) (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The score, composed by Bernard Herrmann, is played entirely by stringed instruments.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Sam and Lila first arrive at the motel, there is a shadow of a nearby tree on the side of the motel office. When Norman runs down from the house a few seconds later, the shadow is gone.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Fred Richmond:Like I said... the mother... Now to understand it the way I understood it, hearing it from the mother... that is, from the mother half of Norman's mind... you have to go back ten years, to the time when Norman murdered his mother and her lover. Now he was already dangerously disturbed, had been ever since his father died. His mother was a clinging, demanding woman, and for years the two of them lived as if there was no one else in the world. Then she met a man...
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185 out of 237 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest Horror Film Ever, 17 January 1999
Author: Sam Popenoe from Corvallis, Oregon

When you look up the phrase "Horror Film" in the dictionary .. a picture of Janet Leigh screaming in a shower should appear next to it. Undoubtedly, Psycho is the greatest horror film ever made, bar-none. The story is incredible. The acting is near perfection. The cinematography is godly. The soundtrack is perfect. It's hard to find anything wrong with Psycho. Perhaps the only imperfection I can find with Psycho is the inability to stand the test of time. One of the reasons the shower scene has become so notorious is that it's not only filmed to perfection, but because the elements of sexuality and murder are so surreal. In 1960, seeing a nude women being murdered in a shower was something that no-one had experienced yet, and was quite shocking. Nowadays, seeing Jason double-spearing two lovers having sex is nothing uncommon. I envy those who experienced Psycho in 1960 in the theaters .. those experienced the full terror of Psycho.

Aside from this though, the movie is flawless. I won't even go into to how incredible the cinematography is. One thing I think people seem to forget about the movie is the incredible soundtrack. Sound is such an important element in movies and Psycho is undaunted when it comes to sound. The only other horror movie that even comes close to using sound with such perfection is Halloween (1978).

The movie is perfectly casted as well. Janet Leigh as the beautiful Marion Crane, Vera Miles as the concerned sister, Lila Crane, and of course the unforgettable performance from Anthony Perkins as the eerie yet charismatic Norman Bates.

I would recommend this movie to any horror movie film fanatic. I would especially recommend this movie to any horror movie fan not desensitized by Friday The 13th, Nightmare On Elm Street, or Scream .. if such a fan exists.

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