Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Joseph Stefano, Robert Bullock
Cast: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Simon Oakland, Frank Albertson, Pat Risha Hitchcock/ Vaughan Taylor/ Luren Tuttle/ John Anderson/ Mort Mills/ Kit Carson/ Virginia Gregg/ Alfred Shea Kirk / Janet Nolan / Robert Osborne / Helen Wallace / Fletcher Allen / Walter Bacon / Francis Dessels / George Doxtad / George Eldrey Qi / Harper Flaherty / Sam Flint / Frank Kilmond / Ted Knight / Pat McCaffrey / Hans-Joachim Moebius / F Reid Sheveler/…
Genre: Horror / Thriller / Suspense
Region: United States
Release: 1960-06-16 (New York premiere) / 1960-09-08 (USA)
Length: 109 minutes
Also known as: Mental Patient / Shocking (Hong Kong) / Mental Patient
Rating: IMDB 8.5 / Rotten Tomatoes 96%
Young Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) works in Phoenix and is trusted by her boss, Lowery (Vaughn Taylor). Boyfriend Sam Loomis (played by John Gavin) runs a hardware store in Fairvale. He is unable to remarry because he has to pay off the debts of his late father and the alimony of his ex-wife. Dissatisfied with this, Marion took the opportunity to abscond with $40,000 in public funds on Friday afternoon. But Marion’s absconding road was not smooth: first, he was witnessed by Lowery when he was out of town, and he was suspected by the police early on Saturday morning. After spending seven hundred dollars to trade in the old car for a new one, Marion continued to drive nervously. After nightfall, it rained heavily and his vision was blurred, making it impossible to drive, so Marion had to park his car at the Bates Motel on the side of the road for the night. The boss Norman (played by Anthony Perkins) was very friendly and tried to invite Marion to have dinner at home, but was rudely stopped by his vicious mother, so he had to serve the dinner to the hotel living room. Marion chatted with Norman over dinner in the living room, and finally decided to return to Phoenix on Sunday. After eating, Marion went back to his room to take a shower. At this time, the figure of an old woman suddenly appeared in the bathroom…
Psycho is a 1960 American psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and based on the novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The film stars Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, a mild-mannered motel owner with a dark secret, and Janet Leigh as Marion Crane, a woman who becomes his victim.
The film is notable for its innovative techniques, including the use of a handheld camera, quick cuts, and intense close-ups, as well as its iconic score by Bernard Herrmann. It is also known for its famous shower scene, which has become one of the most iconic and influential scenes in film history.
Psycho was a critical and commercial success, receiving four Academy Award nominations and grossing over $50 million worldwide. It has since become a classic of the horror genre and a favorite among Hitchcock fans. The film’s success also led to several sequels and remakes, including a 1998 remake by Gus Van Sant.