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Psycho -- One of the most shocking films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho changed the thriller genre forever. Join the Master of Suspense on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting victim (Janet Leigh) visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of cinema's' most notorious psychopaths - Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins).
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Joseph Stefano (screenplay)
Robert Bloch (novel)
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Release Date:
8 September 1960 (USA) See more »
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 »
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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (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)
Walter Bacon ... Church Member (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)
Hans Moebus ... Passerby on Sidewalk (uncredited)

Jeanette Nolan ... Norma Bates (voice) (uncredited)
Lillian O'Malley ... Extra (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller ... Extra (uncredited)
Helen Wallace ... Hardware Store Customer (uncredited)

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 recording
Waldon O. Watson .... sound recording
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)
Rita Riggs .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Music Department
Israel Baker .... musician: violin solo (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... conductor (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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109 min | Germany:108 min (cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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 (video rating: additional material, audio commentary) (2010) | UK:15 (re-release) (re-rating) (1998) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1999) (2003) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19564) (original release) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #19564) (re-rating) (1984) | USA:M (MPAA rating: certificate #19564) (re-rating) (1968) | West Germany:18 (original rating) (nf)

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Director Trademark: [Alfred Hitchcock] [Identifying with guilt]Marion's fears of being caught by her boss and the police officer, and Norman's cleanup of the murder scene.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Marion first gets out of her car and meets the salesman at the used car dealership, a crewmember is reflected in the car door. Part way through the shot, he suddenly crouches down.See more »
Norman Bates:You-you eat like a bird.
Marion Crane:[Looking around at the stuffed birds while eating] And you'd know, of course.
Norman Bates:No, not really. Anyway, I hear the expression 'eats like a bird' - it-it's really a
Norman Bates:fals-fals-fals-falsity. Because birds really eat a tremendous lot. But -I-I don't really know anything about birds. My hobby is stuffing things. You know - taxidermy.
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87 out of 127 people found the following review useful.
Hitchcock's best film ever, 15 February 2001
Author: Stormtrac2

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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