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Psycho III (1986)

Norman Bates falls in love with a fallen nun who stays at the Bates Motel alongside a drifter and a curious reporter. Meanwhile, "Mother" is still watching.


Anthony Perkins


Charles Edward Pogue, Robert Bloch (characters)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Perkins ... Norman Bates
Diana Scarwid ... Maureen Coyle
Jeff Fahey ... Duane Duke
Roberta Maxwell ... Tracy Venable
Hugh Gillin ... Sheriff John Hunt
Lee Garlington ... Myrna
Robert Alan Browne ... Ralph Statler
Gary Bayer Gary Bayer ... Father Brian
Patience Cleveland ... Sister Margaret
Juliette Cummins ... Red
Steve Guevara Steve Guevara ... Deputy Leo
Kay Heberle Kay Heberle ... Ruthie
Donovan Scott ... Kyle
Karen Hensel Karen Hensel ... Sister Catherine
Jack Murdock ... Lou


Norman Bates is back again running his "quiet" little motel a month after the events in Psycho II. Norman meets three new people, one being a beautiful young nun with whom his budding relationship is beginning to make his "Mother" jealous. He also hires a young man in need of a job to take care of the motel. A snooping reporter is showing interest in Norman's case. What will these new friends do for Norman? Written by nxvaeh

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Norman Bates is back to normal. But Mother's off her rocker again! See more »


R | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Diana Scarwid's bare bottom nude scene was performed by Brinke Stevens. See more »


Close examination of the newspaper on Norman's kitchen table near the beginning of the film ("Emma Spool still missing") reveals that identical random paragraphs of text are repeated in adjacent articles. See more »


[first lines]
Maureen Coyle: There is no God!
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Alternate Versions

In the initial Ontario theatrical and video release, the throat slitting was censored both in its initial depiction and the flashback. The cuts were waived for the 2005 DVD edition and the classification was reduced from R to 14A. See more »


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The Scream Of Love
Music by Carter Burwell
Written by Steve Bray & David Sanborn
Performed by Carter Burwell, Steve Bray, & David Sanborn
MCA Records
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good suspense
20 July 1999 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

My fave of the series, this one has a bit more going on than last time. There's also a lot of throwbacks to the original, like Leigh look-a-like Scarwid getting Perkins all aroused, Maxwell investigating Perkins kind of like Balsam in the first, and a stabbing scene very similar to the infamous shower one, with the exception being this times its in a phone booth. This entrys a little more routine than part 2's, with that being a whodunnit. Here, you know whodunnit and basically the characters are more interesting than the story. You wouldn't know Perkins directed with it looking pretty much like any movie youve ever seen with capable photography. And as in the classic part 1, he has it end with his wacko grin glaring up at us. Of course.

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Release Date:

2 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Psicosis 3 See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,238,400, 6 July 1986

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1.85 : 1
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