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Psycho II (1983)

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After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him.

Director:

Richard Franklin

Writers:

Tom Holland, Robert Bloch (characters)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Perkins ... Norman Bates
Vera Miles ... Lila Crane Loomis
Meg Tilly ... Mary
Robert Loggia ... Dr. Bill Raymond
Dennis Franz ... Warren Toomey
Hugh Gillin ... Sheriff John Hunt
Claudia Bryar ... Mrs. Emma Spool
Robert Alan Browne ... Ralph Statler
Ben Hartigan Ben Hartigan ... Judge
Lee Garlington ... Myrna
Tim Maier ... Josh
Jill Carroll ... Kim
Chris Hendrie ... Deputy Pool
Tom Holland ... Deputy Norris
Michael Lomazow Michael Lomazow ... D.A.
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Storyline

It's 22 years later. And Norman Bates is coming home. After being judged as "legally sane" in a court of law, Norman Bates is released from a mental institution, against the protests of Lila Loomis (the sister of Marion Crane). Upon his return to his home (and the motel which lays in its shadow) Norman strikes up a friendship with Mary, a waitress at a local diner. Just as he tries to adjust back to normality, the murders around the site of the Bates Motel. Has Mrs. Bates returned to pull Norman's strings again, or is the bloodbath someone else's handy work?

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Taglines:

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the shower! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Both Lila and Norman call their mothers "mother"; not mom. And infact both have crazy mothers that are manipulative and antogonistic; and who lead to their own demise. See more »

Goofs

When Mary and Norman are in the kitchen for the first time and Norman goes to sit, you can see camera movement in the upper glass cabinet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Norman Bates: [voice-over] Mother, oh God, Mother. Blood! Blood!
Judge: The basis of the staff report Norman Bates is judged returned to sanity and is ordered released at will.
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Alternate Versions

Scenes of gore were shortened in the original theatrical version. However, the current Region 1 DVD includes all gore as well as some slightly longer scenes. See more »

Connections

Features Ms. Pac-Man (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata Op. 13 'Pathétique'
(uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played and whistled by Anthony Perkins
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Ranks as #1 in the "better than you'd think"- category
18 January 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Safe to say that Psycho II suffers from all the prejudices possible. Numberless elements could be used as an excuse to avoid this movie and to place it among other pointless and money-making sequels. Brought out 22 years after the original masterpiece by Hitchcock himself, I can imagine that many fans refuse to give a subjective look at it. Very wrong, though!! Number two is a very worthy and underrated sequel, which brings perfect homage to the Master of Suspense best film. Even though Franklin can't fully live up to Hitchcock's style, he shows a pretty intense and mind-blowing story here. Franklin obviously worships Hitchcock (which was also clear in one of his previous films - Patrick) and this sequels is made with nothing but respect and goodwill. The very creative script - written by Tom Holland - has more than enough positive aspects and perplexing twists to consider the entire movie a triumph. Sure, some of the twists are far-fetched but overall the continuation of the Psycho couldn't be better. It actually takes place 22 years later with Norman Bates judged sane and released from the mental institution. Some people immediately want to forgive and forget but some others are convinced that Norman will soon go crazy again. This last group of people also has a complete plan worked out to make Norman snap again. Soon there are people dying again in the infamous Bates ' Motel but who is the vicious murderer this time??? Psycho II manages to keep you guessing the entire movie and the terrific acting performance by Anthony Perkins keeps you even closer to the screen. If you were a fan of the original masterpiece ( and I can't imagine anyone isn't a fan of that ), make sure you catch this sequel too!! There were made two more sequels after this but you can easily skip then....and whatever you do...keep your hands off the Gus Van Sant remake of 1998. I wish I had!!


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Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Psicosis 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,310,244, 5 June 1983

Gross USA:

$34,725,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,725,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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