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Psycho (1998)

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A young female embezzler arrives at the Bates Motel, which has terrible secrets of its own.

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Writers:

Robert Bloch (novel), Joseph Stefano (screenplay)
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4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Norman Bates
Anne Heche ... Marion Crane
Julianne Moore ... Lila Crane
Viggo Mortensen ... Sam Loomis
William H. Macy ... Milton Arbogast
Robert Forster ... Dr. Simon
Philip Baker Hall ... Sheriff Chambers
Anne Haney ... Mrs. Chambers
Chad Everett ... Tom Cassidy
Rance Howard ... Mr. Lowery
Rita Wilson ... Caroline
James Remar ... Patrolman
James Le Gros ... Car Dealer (as James LeGros)
Steven Clark Pachosa Steven Clark Pachosa ... Police Guard
O.B. Babbs O.B. Babbs ... Mechanic
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Storyline

Marion Crane steals a lot of cash from a man whom her boss is in business with. On the way to see her boyfriend, she stops off by an old motel, run by the odd Norman Bates. She is murdered in the shower. Her sister, boyfriend, and a private investigator try to find out where she is, while we learn more about Norman Bates. Written by Jordan Sharp <rainman88@earthlink.net>

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Check in. Unpack. Relax. Take a shower. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Psicosis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,031,850, 6 December 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,456,130

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,685,000
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Psycho (1960), Sir Alfred Hitchcock wanted his opening shot to be a long, complete pan and zoom over the city into Marion's hotel room. Sadly, the technology was not yet perfected, and he achieved his effect through a series of pans and dissolves. The remake does a complete travelling shot, as Hitchcock had intended. See more »

Goofs

The bundles of money Marion Crane has are of $1,000 bills (as clearly seen in one shot) when in actuality circulation of bills larger than $100 were halted by President Richard Nixon in 1969. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Samuel 'Sam' Loomis: You never did eat your lunch, did you?
Marion Crane: I better get back to the office. These extended lunch hours give my boss excess acid.
Samuel 'Sam' Loomis: Why don't you call your boss and tell him you're taking the rest of the afternoon off? Its Friday, anyway - and hot.
Marion Crane: What do I do with my free afternoon? Walk you to the airport?
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Crazy Credits

If you look closely at the swamp after the ending credits, the water turns to blood. See more »

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Referenced in Bad Girls: Episode #6.4 (2004) See more »

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Indian Love Call
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II, Rudolf Friml and Otto A. Harbach
Performed by Slim Whitman
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dreadful & embarrassing
2 April 2001 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

A horrendous film, ill-conceived and crude. The acting of Anne Heche and Vince Vaughan is so inferior to that of Perkins and Leigh in the original version they have to be seen to be believed. There was no reason to make this picture, which only highlights how accomplished and brilliant Hitchcock was, and how inimitable. Also, there's a creeping, pervasive insensitivity in the film that isn't there in the first film. Hitchcock's Psycho was scary and shocking, but one could genuinely feel for all concerned, even the pitiful Norman Bates. There were moments of pathos, irony and fey humor the remake doesn't have. One of the best things about Hitchcock's film was its incredible and intuitive depth and sense of nuance, of when to cut away and when to show something, on whether to use a close-up or long shot, on whether to make an actor sympathetic and when to make him frightening, and so forth. The remake has none of these qualities and doesn't even try for them. It's an idiotic exercise that I'm amazed even got released.


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