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MPAA Rating - R

Length:
    109 Minutes

Genre:
    Thriller

Original Release Date:
    May 27, 1998

Director
    Alfred Hitchcock

Cast
    Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam

 
Movie Summary
In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock was already famous as the screens master of suspense (and perhaps the best-known film director in the world) when he released Psycho and forever changed the shape and tone of the screen hriller. From its first scene, in which an unmarried couple balances pleasure and guilt in a lunchtime liaison in a cheap hotel (hardly a common moment in a major studio film in 1960), Psycho announced that it was taking the audience to places it had never been before, and on that score what followed would hardly disappoint. Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is unhappy in her job at a Phoenix, Arizona real estate office and frustrated in her romance with hardware store manager Sam Loomis (John Gavin). One afternoon, Marion is given $40,000 in cash to be deposited in the bank. Minutes later, impulse has taken over and Marion takes off with the cash, hoping to leave Phoenix for good and start a new life with her purloined nest egg. 36 hours later, paranoia and exhaustion have started to set in, and Marion decides to stop for the night at the Bates Motel, where nervous but personable innkeeper Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) cheerfully mentions that shes the first guest in weeks, before he regales her with curious stories about his mother. Theres hardly a film fan alive who doesnt know what happens next, but while the shower scene is justifiably the films most famous sequence, there are dozens of memorable bits throughout this film. The first of a handful of sequels followed in 1983, while Gus Van Sants controversial remake, starring Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche, appeared in 1998. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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