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
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The remake was met with universal disapproval; director Alexander Payne could not imagine Psycho (1960) in color, because this was far more chilling in black and white. See more »
As Marion waits at a traffic light in downtown Phoenix, a lady carrying a package tied with red ribbon (string in Psycho) followed by a man with a jacket over his left arm cross the street directly in front of Marion's car as Lowry and Cassidy enter the frame on the left. Unlike the 1960 film, after Lowry and Cassidy have passed by Marion's car left-to-right, the same lady with the package and man with the jacket are seen crossing from the right again. See more »
Samuel 'Sam' Loomis:
You never did eat your lunch, did you?
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.
What do I do with my free afternoon? Walk you to the airport?
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Some of the opening credits split apart, just as the original's did. They segue into the opening shot of Phoenix, Arizona. See more »
My biggest question is "Why did they re-make a classic Hitchcock movie?" It's a "no-win" situation. The original, with Tony Perkins and Jamie Lee's mom (Janet Leigh), is so indelible on our minds that even subconsciously we compare the two. Vince Vaughn is not very believable as Norman Bates. I have yet to find a movie role played by Ann Heche that I like. Her nasal delivery and disingenuous reactions as Marion simply grate on me. Anyone else would have been better. The only character I thought was an improvement was investigator Arbogast played well by William Macy. Even Julliane Moore, as Marion's sister, seemed to have a smirk that announced "I feel silly doing this film." Had this been a completely original film I would probably rate it 5 or 6 for some entertainment. As an inferior re-make, I rate it "4".
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