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Psycho [Alfred Hitchcock]

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Psycho (1960) starring Vera Miles, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh
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Psycho (1960) starring Vera Miles, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh in the infamous shower scene in “Psycho

Psycho is Alfred Hitchcock’s landmark masterpiece of the macabre. It stars Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, a quiet young man who runs a roadside motel … with his mother. Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), is on the run after stealing from her boss. She stays there, but the ill-fated traveler’s journey ends in the notorious “shower scene”. First a private detective, then Marion’s sister (Vera Miles) search for her. The horror and the suspense mount to a climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed.

Cast of characters

  • Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. The nice young man who runs the hotel. Quiet, a bit of a momma’s boy …
  • Janet Leigh (Houdini, Three on a Couch) as Marion Crane. The young lady who gives into temptation. She steals money from her workplace …. She has a change of heart, but it’s literally too late.
  • Vera Miles (The FBI Story, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) as Lila Crane. The protagonist, searching for her sister.
  • John Gavin (Midnight Lace) as Sam Loomis. Male protagonist.
  • Martin Balsam (Archie Bunker’s Place) as Private Investigator Milton Arbogast. The man searching for the stolen money. He tracks Marion down to the Bates Motel …. But no further.
  • John McIntire as Deputy Sheriff Al Chambers
  • Simon Oakland (Kolchak: The Night Stalker) as Dr. Richmond. The psychiatrist who, at the conclusion, explains the why.
  • Frank Albertson (Man Made Monster) as Tom Cassidy

Editorial review of Psycho courtesy of

Martin Balsam and Anthony Perkins in Psycho (1960)

The troubled Norman Bates’ (Anthony Perkins) old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveller whose journey ends in the notorious shower scene. First a private detective (Martin Balsam), then Marion’s sister (Vera Miles) search for her as the horror and suspense mount to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed. Includes 2 versions of Psycho: Psycho: Uncut: The extended version of the movie as seen in theatres in 1960 is exactly as intended by Alfred Hitchcock and now available with additional footage for the first time ever. Psycho: The most widely seen version of the movie was edited for content and subsequently used for TV broadcasts, theatrical re-releases and home entertainment over the last 60 years.

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