• Psycho (1960)


Release Date: September 8th, 1960

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 , Martin Balsam , John Gavin , John McIntire

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Genres: Horror , Mystery , Thriller

Production Co: Shamley Productions

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    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

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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

  • 75
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    Norman Bates is alive and well, and just a tad kinkier than you remember him. show more

  • 75
    Walter AddiegoSan Francisco Examiner

    William H. Macy is fine as the detective Arbogast, wearing a hat he could have borrowed from Martin Balsam in the original role. show more

  • 63
    New York Daily News

    Cold, dull, lifeless. [5 December 1998, p.3]

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