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Psycho

  • Drama
  • 1960
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • 108 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Norman BatesAnthony Perkins
Marion CraneJanet Leigh
Lila CraneVera Miles
Sam LoomisJohn Gavin
Milton ArbogastMartin Balsam
Sheriff ChambersJohn McIntire
Dr RichmondSimon Oakland
CarolinePatricia Hitchcock

Crew

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DirectorAlfred Hitchcock

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2010-04-02
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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