• 15
  • Alfred Hitchcock (1960)
  • US
  • 108 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Containing the most famous montage sequence since The Battleship Potemkin, this is easily the most shocking film produced by the "Master of Suspense". Yet Alfred Hitchcock always maintained it was a black comedy. Working with a TV crew, he completed the picture for a mere $800,000. But the California Gothic tale of the Bates Motel went on to become his biggest commercial success. The opening segment, involving Janet Leigh and an envelope of stolen cash, is the biggest "MacGuffin" in Hitchcock's career. But his most audacious achievement was in getting us to side with the creepy Anthony Perkins against the authorities, Leigh's lover and sister, and his incessantly shrewish mother.

Plot Summary

Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror thriller starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. Absconding with $40,000 of her employer's money, Marion Crane sets off to join her lover Sam Loomis in California. After a tiring journey through the rain, she stops at a lonely motel run by Norman Bates, an intense young man who lives with his domineering mother.

Cast and crew


Norman Bates
Anthony Perkins
Marion Crane
Janet Leigh
Lila Crane
Vera Miles
Sam Loomis
John Gavin
Milton Arbogast
Martin Balsam
Sheriff Chambers
John McIntire
Dr Richmond
Simon Oakland
Patricia Hitchcock


Alfred Hitchcock

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 2 Apr 2010
Certificate 15