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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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Tony Scotti
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Barbara Peters
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Norman Bates
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Terry Miller
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Beth
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Billy Parks
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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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Norman may be gone, but the motel lives on! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Horror

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5 July 1987 (USA)  »

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El motel de Norman  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Henry Watson: Look, if you don't mind me asking. What's a fella like you doing with a postcard from the old Bates Motel?
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Connections

Follows Psycho (1960) See more »

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Where or When
Written by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion) & The Belmonts
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What in the name of Sanity!?
25 January 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I cannot believe some of these other posts, which do a fairly shaky job of damaging this movie's credentials and storyline itself. If anyone would be spinning in their grave, it would be Alfred Hitchcock, in seeing the amount of negative views and opinions about one of his greatest ever masterpieces.

The plot involves a man whom was befriended by Norman Bates shortly after being admitted to a mental institution, and 27 years later when Norman dies, he leaves the entire Bates Motel estate to him in his will... requesting that he have a second chance in life. Soon enough strange and chilling things begin to take form, and he starts to see a ghostly image of Norman's dead mother in the window of the old house.

I feel this movie has been attacked because of one simple fact. It lacks any gore or violence, and come to think of it - nobody is killed either. People expect to much dumb shock-horror type story lines these-days, without paying attention to other area's of the plot. If you cannot sit down and watch a movie without feeling the compulsion someone has to have their head blown off or their gut's ripped out I pity them.

An excellent, well esteemed effort, which was unfortunately prevented from going any further by a bunch of selfish fools.

Hitchcock would be proud.


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