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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.


Richard Rothstein




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Cort ... Alex West
Lori Petty ... Willie
Moses Gunn ... Henry Watson
Gregg Henry ... Tom Fuller
Khrystyne Haje ... Sally
Jason Bateman ... Tony Scotti
Kerrie Keane ... Barbara Peters
Robert Picardo ... Dr. Goodman
Lee de Broux ... Sheriff
Kurt Paul Kurt Paul ... Norman Bates
Marla Frumkin Marla Frumkin ... Dr. Phillips
Rick Lieberman Rick Lieberman ... Architect
Timothy Fall Timothy Fall ... Terry Miller
Kelly Ames Kelly Ames ... Beth
Peter Dobson ... Billy Parks


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Horror


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Did You Know?


The opening shot of the Psycho house was taken from the opening credits of Psycho II (1983). See more »


Alex West: [referring to the urn] Oh that's not saki, that's Norman.
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Followed by Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) See more »


Where or When
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 loripetnut-1See 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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Release Date:

5 July 1987 (USA) See more »

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Bates Motel See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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