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Psycho (1998)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  4 December 1998 (USA)
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A young female embezzeler arrives at the Bates Motel which has terrible secrets of its own.



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Dr. Simon
Mrs. Chambers
Mr. Lowery
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Marion Crane steals a lot of cash from a man whom her boss is in business with. On the way to see her boyfriend, she stops off by an old motel, run by the odd Norman Bates. She is murdered in the shower. Her sister, boyfriend, and a private investigator try to find out where she is, while we learn more about Norman Bates. Written by Jordan Sharp <rainman88@earthlink.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 December 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Psicosis  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,031,850 (USA) (4 December 1998)


£1,447,991 (UK) (22 January 1999)

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Did You Know?


Aside from a few modern additions (Lila's headphones), the remake follows the original's story and camera setups almost identically. See more »


When Marion subtracted the $4,036.00 cost of her "new" car from $400,000, she made a $1.00 error and wrote $395,963.00. See more »


[first lines]
Samuel 'Sam' Loomis: You never did eat your lunch, did you?
Marion Crane: I better get back to the office. These extended lunch hours give my boss excess acid.
Samuel 'Sam' Loomis: Why don't you call your boss and tell him you're taking the rest of the afternoon off? Its Friday, anyway - and hot.
Marion Crane: What do I do with my free afternoon? Walk you to the airport?
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Crazy Credits

Some of the opening credits split apart, just as the original's did. They segue into the opening shot of Phoenix, Arizona. See more »


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Weepy Donuts
Written by Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Featuring "Psycho" themes by Bernard Herrmann
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4 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, why? Among the filmmakers that came out in the 80's and 90's Gus Van Sant is one of my idols. There are others, a few. Steven Sodebergh, PT Anderson, Tim Hunter, Danny Boyle, Martin Donovan, Harmony Korine, Wes Anderson. Idiosyncratic, infuriating some times, but consistent, surprising, unpredictable. Their names make me switch on the TV, go to a video store or even buy a ticket and go to a movie theater. Van Sant's "Psycho" however, gives me pause. Why? I wonder. A shot by shot massacre of one of the perennial classics. The color was jarring, the performances, atrocious. What was Vince Vaughn doing? Was it a parody? A bad joke? What the hell was it? Anne Heche as Janet Leigh? Who dressed her? Viggo Mortensen with a cowboy hat. Viggo is a superb actor but in this case he couldn't make us forget John Gavin and if Julianne Moore had been introduced to the world through this performance there wouldn't have been any "The Hours" for her, "The Minutes" maybe. So, here I am, bad mouthing the work of one of my idols. The crashing question remains: Why, Mr. Van Sant? Maybe, in the words of President Clinton, because he could. I'm afraid that's no excuse.

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