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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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Two Words: Hitchcock's Best (...and you know that's no small feat!) See more (897 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)
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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 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 »
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:Well, a son is a poor substitute for a lover.
Marion Crane:Why don't you go away?
Norman Bates:What, to a private island like you?
Marion Crane:No, not like me.
Norman Bates:I couldn't do that. Who would look after her? The fire in her fireplace would go out. It would be cold and damp up there like a grave. If you love sombody, you wouldn't leave them even if they treat your badly. Do you understand? I don't hate my mother. I hate at what she's become. I hate her illness.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)See more »

FAQ

Why does the patrolman follow Marion?
Why was this filmed in black and white?
What's the purpose of the psychiatrist's scene?
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303 out of 397 people found the following review useful.
Two Words: Hitchcock's Best (...and you know that's no small feat!), 31 July 2001
Author: LoveCoates from Los Angeles

Yes, everything you've heard is true. The score is a part of pop culture. The domestic conflict is well-known. But nothing shocks like the experience itself.

If you have not seen this movie, do yourself a favor. Stop reading thse comments, get up, take a shower, then GO GET THIS MOVIE. Buy it, don't rent. You will not regret it.

"Psycho" is easily the best horror-thriller of all time. Nothing even comes close...maybe "Les Diaboliques" (1955) but not really.

"Psycho" has one of the best scripts you'll ever find in a movie. The movie's only shortcoming is that one of the characters seems to have little motivation in the first act of the movie but as the story progresses, you realize that Hitchcock (GENIUS! GENIUS! GENIUS!) in a stroke of genius has done this on purpose, because there is another character whose motivations are even more important. Vitally important. So important that you totally forget about anything else. I was lucky enough to have spent my life wisely avoiding any conversation regarding the plot of this movie until I was able to see it in full. Thank God I did! The movie has arguably the best mid-plot point and climactic twist in thriller history, and certainly the best-directed ending. The last few shots are chilling and leave a lingering horror in the viewer's mind.

Just as good as the writing is Hitchcock's direction, which is so outstanding that it defies explanation. Suffice it to say that this movie is probably the best directorial effort by film history's best director. I was fortunate enough to see this movie at a big oldtime movie house during a Hitchcock revival. Janet Leigh, still radiant, spoke before the film and explained how Hitchcock's genius was in his ability to 1) frighten without gore and 2) leave his indelible mark on the movie without overshadowing his actors (like the great Jean Renoir could never do). "Psycho" is clearly its own phenomenon, despite all the big-name talent involved.

Hitchcock does not disappoint by leaving out his trademark dark humor. His brilliance is in making a climax that is at once both scary and hilarious. When I saw it in the theatre the audience was both gasping in disbelief while falling-on-the-floor laughing.

One more thing...

Tony Perkins. Janet Leigh got much-deserved accolades for this film, but it is Perkins who gives what remains the single best performance by an actor in a horror movie. He is so understated that his brillance passes you by. He becomes the character. The sheer brillance of the role is evidenced by the ineptitude of the actors in Gus Van Sant's 1998 (dear God make it stop!) shot-for-shot "remake." Though the movies are nearly identical, Hitchcock's is superior mostly because of the acting and the atmosphere (some of the creepiness is lost with color). This is made obvious by the initial conversation between Leigh's character and Perkins, a pivotal scene. The brilliance of Perkins in the original shines even brighter when compared with the ruination in the remake even though the words and the shots were exactly the same. The crucial chemistry in this scene lacking in the remake gives everything away and mars our understanding of upcoming events. The fact that Perkins could never escape this role - his star stopped rising star as it had done in the 50s - proves that he played the part perhaps too well.

I keep using the word brilliant, but I cannot hide my enthusiasm for this movie. It is wholly unlike the overblown, overbudget, overlong fluff spewing all-too-often out of Hollywood today. "Psycho" is simple, well-crafted and just the right length.

Eleven-and-a-half out of ten stars.

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