IMDb > Psycho (1960)
Psycho
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Psycho (1960) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 151 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
Psycho -- Blu-Ray Trailer for Psycho
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.

Overview

User Rating:
8.6/10   333,986 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 11% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Joseph Stefano (screenplay)
Robert Bloch (novel)
Contact:
View company contact information for Psycho on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
8 September 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The More I See This, The Better It Gets See more (945 total) »

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)

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)
 
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
See more »
Runtime:
109 min | Germany:108 min (cut)
Country:
Language:
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 2006, Scottish artist Douglas Gordon created a 24-hour slow-motion version of the film titled "24-Hour Psycho" that played at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Marion approaches the restroom at California Charlie's used car lot, the door hinges on the left with the doorknob on the right and has dark (painted?) glass in the upper half. In the interior shot, the hinges and knob are just the opposite and the door is a solid slab. In the exterior shot as Marion exits the restroom, the door is not seen, and hinges are back on the left and latches on the right, consistent with the original view.See more »
Quotes:
Marion Crane:Do you have any vacancies?
Norman Bates:Oh, we have 12 vacancies. 12 cabins, 12 vacancies.
See more »

FAQ

Where can I see Janet Leigh and Vera Miles as killers?
Why does Marion steal the money?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
See more »
83 out of 103 people found the following review useful.
The More I See This, The Better It Gets, 25 October 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

When I watched this for the first time in over 30 years, I was surprised how little action there was since I had remembered this as some intense horror movie. Of course, I was young and more impressionable so I guess I just remembered those few dramatic, sensational scenes such as Janet Leigh murdered in the shower and the quick other murder at the top of the stairs. Basically, that was about it, action-wise, BUT I have no complaints because the more I watch this film, the more I like it. It has become my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie, along with Rear Window.

I mention the lack of action, and blood, too, because younger people who might be watching this for the first time are not going to see the kind of horror film they're accustomed to seeing. A generation back, movie makers tended to build up characters and suspense, so there was a lot more storytelling and less action than you see today. Also, this movie doesn't have the shock value today for audiences, either, not after years of Freddie Krueger-type blood-and-guts seen in the past 30 years.

But, what you WILL see in this movie is (1) superb acting; (2) a fascinating lead character; (3) excellent photography, and (4) a bizarre story.

"Norman Bates" is one of the most famous fictional names in film history, thanks to this film and the great work portraying him by Anthony Perkins. "Norman" is a nutcase, as it turns out and the more you know all about him, the more fun it is to study Perkins and his character "Norman" in subsequent viewings. He really has the guy down pat. However, it isn't just Perkins' film; the supporting is just fine with Leigh, whose figure is still awesome no matter how many times you see it; Martin Balsam as the private detective; Vera Miles and John Gavin. Everyone contributes.

What makes me really enjoy this movie is the cinematography. I bought this on VHS when it became available on widescreen. Later, of course, I got the DVD. Each time, I appreciate John Russell's camera-work and Hitchcock's direction more and more. I wonder if this isn't Hitchcock's best job of directing as his camera angles and lighting are outstanding. On the DVD, the blacks, whites and grays are just super and the famous house next to the Bates Motel never looked better. That house really looks eerie.

The sound effects in here don't hurt. When Balsam is attacked, the accompanying frightening music never fails to bring chills down my spine. The music literally "screams" at you.

I went 35 years between showings but now have watched this five times in the past four years. I love it and look forward to seeing it again. Many people here think this is Hitchcock's greatest film. Add me to that list.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (945 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Psycho (1960)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Why wasn't it filmed in color? krakkety
A flaw: Two voices? steveburgess
Hasn't dated well Donal_Sinnott
The Expression. Tombehrens270
Can't Believe It... metallicaddict58
Driver's License and License Plate Question spin73
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Psycho The City of the Dead So Sweet, So Dead The Case of the Scorpion's Tail Blade of the Ripper
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb top 250 movies IMDb Horror section
IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.