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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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Kurt Paul (Norman Bates) previously served as Anthony Perkins' stunt double in Psycho II (1983) and Psycho III (1986). He later played Raymond Linette, another "mother killer" being interviewed on a talk show, in Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990). He is the only actor to appear in all of the "Psycho" sequels. See more »


[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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Spun-off from Psycho (1960) See more »


Where or When
Written by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion) & The Belmonts
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I liked it
27 September 2008 | by pauls143See all my reviews

I don't know what a lot of these posters are bitchin' about. What the H E double hockey sticks did they expect from a pilot for a TV series? Did they really to see Norman Bates on social security still running around in drag knocking off people in the shower or something of the like? Wouldn't that get boring after an episode or two? With that being said, I thought the creative way they blended the Bates story with some new mystery and a ghost story set a pretty good stage for some decent TV. Guess it was all that closed mindedness and lack of vision from the pubic that stopped that from happening. It's bad too, we could have had another 80s cult show.

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Release Date:

5 July 1987 (USA) See more »

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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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