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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:
In the opening scene, Marion Crane is wearing a white bra because Alfred Hitchcock wanted to show her as being "angelic". After she has taken the money, the following scene has her in a black bra because now she has done something wrong and evil. Similarly, before she steals the money, she has a white purse; after she's stolen the money, her purse is black.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Janet Leigh is in the car dealer bathroom getting the cash, as the envelope is being returned to her purse the top couple bills fold back revealing a $1 bill, not another $100 as the stack is expected to contain.See more »
Quotes:
Norman Bates:I think I must have one of those faces you can't help believing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Images (1972)See more »

FAQ

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110 out of 120 people found the following review useful.
It's the Little Things, 5 September 2001
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

So much has been written about this film that all I can do is add my own voice of approval and say that I consider it to be a masterpiece, and add a few things often overlooked or not commented on that add so much to the movie's cumulative power. It's often the little things that make a film work. Here are a few examples:

a.) The absolute realism of the first twenty minutes of so, which are so true to life that they might have come from a documentary on how people lived in America forty years ago. There isn't a false note,--or a missed one--as each vocal inflection and raised eyebrow carries great meaning even if, on the surface, not much appears to be happening.

b.) Marion and the motorcycle cop. The cop is dark and sinister in appearance, due mostly to the bright desert sun, and never takes off his sunglasses. His conduct is at all times professional; he never raises his voice, and comes across as calm and rather perceptive; and he seems truly concerned over Marion Crane's fate, though he is unaware of her actual predicament. Marion is, alas, a bad actress, and the cop sees through this, if not to the heart of the matter, yet we don't want him to follow her. Despite his appearance the cop is not the angel of death but rather Marion's last chance. Had she confessed to her crime she would have escaped the fate that awaited her; and if she had just been a little less clever, and driven more slowly, and the skies remained clear, he might have followed her to the motel and intervened on her behalf.

c.) California Charlie. John Anderson is wonderful as the fast-talking, semi-streetwise small town used car salesman. At the end of almost every other line of dialogue he seems on the verge of discovering who Marion really is, then pulls back or comes to the wrong conclusion. He senses that she is being watched by the cop; but he also wants to make a sale. The scenes at the used car lot are both highly realistic,--and perfectly acted and timed--and also a little frightening, from the opening, "I'm in no mood for trouble", to the final "hey!" just before Marion drives away. We know that something isn't right, but the problem isn't with the car lot; it's Marion's plight casts a dark shadow over all her scenes there, despite the brightest sunlight imaginable.

d.) Chitchat with Norman. Once Marion and Norman settle down for a light meal in the parlor their conversation turns to general things, and Norman is a good observer, if a bit awkward socially. Without actually lying Marion gives herself away with a throwaway line ("Sometimes just once is enough", in a reference to private traps) and Norman seems to catch her drift, if not the actual meaning of what she's saying, and allows it to pass. We can see that he is moody when he angrily leans forward and delivers an angry, though controlled tirade against putting people in institutions. Every camera angle and line of dialogue in this scene has meaning and carries enormous weight, and yet the drama plays out in a light, relaxed mode, and the performers seems truly connected to one another at its conclusion, strangers no more. This is in my opinion the best written and most beautifully acted, edited and photographed scene I have ever seen in a movie. The handling of every nuance is prodigal and masterful, and the end result nothing less than staggering.

e.) The sheriff's house. When Sam and Lila wake up the sheriff and his wife in the middle of the night we see a splendid example of people talking to one another without either party understanding what is in fact going on. The result is a mini-comedy of manners; but it is also good exposition, as we learn of Mrs. Bates' death (and the dress she was buried in, "periwinkle blue"). John McInyre's sheriff dominates this scene (and no other), and expertly delivers its punchline, "Well if that's Mrs. Bates in the window, who's that buried up in Greenlawn Cemetary".

f.) Arbogast and Norman. The private detective's interview with Norman is played low-key, and yet we sense the tension in Norman's voice and manner, and know that Arbogast does, too. Something is amiss. This is beyond the question of who killed Marion. The stakes feel very high in this sparring match, and though Norman wins on a technicality, we know that Arbogast is coming back for more.

g.) The shrink's explanation. This part of the film has been criticized by many for being a sop thrown to the audience. I disagree. After all, the movie came out in 1960, and by the standards of the time some explanation seems in order, and Dr. Simon Oakland is as good a man for the job as I can imagine. His analysis of Norman's pathology is cogent and extremely well delivered. Yet throughout his speech, with all its Freudian brilliance, the doctor offered a take on the story that we in the audience, even if we can accept it, can never be satisfied with. He can explain the character of Norman Bates rationally, but he cannot make our response to his story and its effect on us feel ultimately safe, feel somehow in control and finalized. Yes, one can put people like Norman under the microscope, and even dissect what one sees, but this doesn't stop such events as unfolded in the movie any less likely to occur. Ask Milton Arbogast.

In conclusion I'd like to say that great films are made up of outstanding little things, not just big moments or fancy effects. There is in fact nothing fancy about Psycho, which is on the surface is a somewhat plain-looking movie. Only when one looks beneath the surface does one see the teeming millions of small things,--gestures, glances, sudden changes in lighting, razor-sharp editing, and all above the refusal on the part of the director to let any one factor dominate--that we understand the meaning of the word genius, the meaning of the word creative.

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