Alfred Hitchcock (1960)

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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.


A woman on the run after stealing from her boss ends up at an isolated motel, where the owner's curious relationship with his domineering mother results in murder. Alfred Hitchcock's psychological thriller, starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, John Gavin and John McIntire.

Cast & Crew

Norman Bates Anthony Perkins
Marion Crane Janet Leigh
Milton Arbogast Martin Balsam
Lila Crane Vera Miles
Sam Loomis John Gavin
Sheriff Chambers John McIntire
Dr Richmond Simon Oakland
George Lowery Vaughn Taylor
Tom Cassidy Frank Albertson
Eliza Chambers Lurene Tuttle
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray