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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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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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We all go a little mad sometimes... yes... sometimes once is enough. See more »


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

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Trivia

Scriptwriter Joseph Stefano felt that even though Anne Heche is saying the same lines that Janet Leigh said, she played Marion Crane completely differently. See more »

Goofs

Some continuity errors were deliberately included, being copied from the original Psycho. 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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Official Psycho Parody (2010) 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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So-so, until you compare it to the original – then it's poor
15 June 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Marion Crane steals $400,000 and is escaping to meet her boyfriend. When she gets tired during a stormy night she stops at the Bates motel. When she goes missing her sister, boyfriend and a private detective start to look for her. However the Bates motel run by Norman and his mother is a place of many secrets.

Remakes are regular things nowadays, but carbon copies are rare. This is a lift in terms of dialogue, shots almost everything at times. The big question is why? As a film in its own right it's not terrible but comparing it to the original it literally pales in comparison (despite the colour!). Why did we need this – sure on some level it may reach those who haven't seen the original and don't want to watch an 'old' film. But really – why should we indulge the multiplexers who refuse to watch anything made before 1991?

It's not bad – it's poor a poor relation of the original. In the UK we often get 50th anniversary etc re-releases of old films nationwide (admittedly not in all cinemas), in fact Psycho was out a few years ago. So the idea that a cheap copy is good because it'll help open it up to new audiences.

The cast are all OK – until you watch the original. Then Vaughn stands out as doing a poor imitation, Heche is nowhere near Leigh and Julianne Moore has too much 'strong woman' baggage from other roles to do well. Admittedly the all-star cast gives weight to the roles that were relatively minor – Macy, Mortensen, Forster, James LeGros, Philip Baker Hall etc – although really the question is why they all queued up to be in this toss!

Overall it's so-so as a film. However when you compare it to the original it's really a poor show and, because it's a carbon copy, you can't help but compare it line for line, scene for scene, actor for actor.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,031,850, 6 December 1998

Gross USA:

$21,485,655

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,170,655
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1.85 : 1
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