Psycho (1960 movie)

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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Produced by Alfred Hitchcock (uncredited)
Written by Joseph Stefano (screenplay)
Robert Bloch (novel)
Starring Anthony Perkins
Janet Leigh
Vera Miles
John Gavin
Martin Balsam
John McIntire
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography John L. Russell
Editing by George Tomasini
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Universal Pictures
Release date(s) June 16, 1960
Running time 109
Country United States
Language English
Budget $806,950 (estimated)

Psycho is a 1960 American horror movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It is set in Arizona and California.

Plot[change | change source]

It tells the story of a young woman, played by Janet Leigh, who steals money from her workplace and runs away. When she stops at a motel for the night she is murdered by the hotel's owner, played by Perkins. The owner has dissociative identity disorder and is obsessed with his dead mother. The movie is famous for the unexpected death of Leigh's character early in the movie in the 'Shower Scene' which has in turn become very famous in popular culture. It is now known as the first "Slasher movie" and one of Hitchcock's greatest movies.

Background[change | change source]

The movie is based on the book of the same name by Robert Bloch. This was inspired by the real life crimes of Wisconsin serial killer, Ed Gein. The movie was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Director. The movie was the first motion picture to feature a toilet flushing.[1]

Remake[change | change source]

The movie was remade in 1998.

Main cast[change | change source]

Actor Role
Anthony Perkins Norman Bates
Janet Leigh Marion Crane
Vera Miles Lila Crane
John Gavin Sam Loomis
Martin Balsam Detective Milton Arbogast
John McIntire Sheriff Al Chambers
Simon Oakland Dr. Fred Richmond
Pat Hitchcock Caroline
Ted Knight Policeman

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