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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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Richard Rothstein
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Cast

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 ... Terry Miller
Kelly Ames Kelly Ames ... Beth
Peter Dobson ... Billy Parks
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bates Motel See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Bud Cort called actor Anthony Perkins when he was cast as Alex West, seeking advice on how to prepare for the film. Perkins told him to get into shape by doing push-ups. See more »

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[last lines]
Alex West: Nobody ever said life was easy. Then nothing ever worth it ever is. But you know, I think with a little luck, we're gonna do okay here. I think Norman would have liked that. Oh, by the way, if you ever need a room, come on by. Can't say for sure what you'll find, but that is what makes the world go round.
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Connections

Spun-off from Psycho (1960) See more »

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Written by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion) & The Belmonts
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Norman would be spinning in his grave!
28 October 2001 | by lanakaelSee all my reviews

In a perfect world, this "movie" would not have been made at all. Those of us putting our comments here are giving the movie more credit than it's worth by even posting. While watching the Sci-Fi channel, my husband and I saw that this was coming on and I was thrilled, being a major horror fan(especially a Bates fan!), yet having somehow missed its debut back in '87. After watching the first 5 minutes, I realized I was truly blessed that I did miss it! This is awful! I'm not even done watching yet and I have to say that with the possible exception of Boxing Helena, this is the WORST "movie" I've ever seen in my life! Any true fan of the horror genre should be embarrassed for the producers of this piece of fluff, and I'm surprised that Psycho fans didn't rebel. Anthony Perkins(AND Norman Bates)is probably spinning in his grave right now, and I can't say I'd blame him. I'm glad that this didn't catch on as a t.v. series, and I think I can truthfully say that my 3 year old could've done a better job. Stick with the excellent movies, and don't give this travesty a try, not even for the sake of curiosity.


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