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Bates Motel (1987)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama, Horror | TV Movie 5 July 1987
A mentally disturbed man, who roomed with the late Norman Bates at the state lunatic asylum, inherits the legendary Bates Motel after the death of Norman and tries to fix it up to make it a respectable business.

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Alex West
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Willie
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Henry Watson
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Tom Fuller
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Sally
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Tony Scotti
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Barbara Peters
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Dr. Goodman
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Sheriff
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Dr. Phillips
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Kelly Ames ...
Beth
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Billy Parks
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Storyline

This film is based on, but not in sequence with, the Psycho films. After the death of Norman Bates, a man who befriended him in the institution inherits the motel. In keeping with Norman's wishes, he tries to fix up the place and make it a respectable motel. Written by Jon Acello <JonAcello@AOL.COM>

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El motel de Norman  »

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This film was originally planned as a pilot (90 minutes long TV- movie) for a possible TV series, but due to low-ratings and lack of interest from an audience, producers shelved the idea. See more »

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[last lines]
Alex West: Nobody ever said life was easy. Then nothing ever worth it ever is. But you know, I think with a little luck, we're gonna do okay here. I think Norman would have liked that. Oh, by the way, if you ever need a room, come on by. Can't say for sure what you'll find, but that is what makes the world go round.
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Spun-off from Psycho II (1983) See more »

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Written by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion) & The Belmonts
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I want this released on DVD!
27 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this just once on TV years ago. I wish I could find it somewhere on DVD, even if it didn't have extras, just so I could see it again. I can't even find it on tape to transfer to DVD on a borrowed machine.

I liked that it tied up the end of the story of Norman Bates, who died and left it in his will to fellow inmate Alex in the asylum. Would be very nice to have this to add to the entire Psycho movie collection I have.

The performances of the actors was good, especially Bud Cort and Moses Gunn. The hotel itself was recreated beautifully for this, complete with cobwebs, rundown, house, and all sorts of damage you'd expect for an abandoned building that hasn't been occupied in years. You just have to suspend the knowledge that the original house was burned down at the end of the fourth Psycho movie (they never did explain why the house was still standing in this one--did they put the fire out?).


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