Psycho Poster

Release Date: 1960

DVD Release Date: May 27th, 1998

R|1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary
Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.

Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Simon Oakland, John Anderson

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Production Co: Paramount

Keywords: Police officer, Mother, Office, Mystery, 1960s, Creative

Ratings & Reviews

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  • This is a first-rate mystery thriller, full of visual shocks and surprises which are heightened by the melodramatic realism of the production. show more

  • He has very shrewdly interwoven crime, sex and suspense, blended the real and the unreal in fascinating proportions and punctuated his film with several quick, grisly and unnerving surprises. show more

  • What makes Psycho immortal, when so many films are already half-forgotten as we leave the theater, is that it connects directly with our fears: Our fears that we might impulsively commit a crime, our fears of the police, our fears of becoming the victim of a madman, and of course our fears of disappointing our mothers. show more

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Awards

Nominated Directing
Nominated Art Direction (Black-and-White)
Nominated Cinematography (Black-and-White)