Psycho

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Released 1960

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Director:
Alfred Hitchcock
Released:
1960
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Psycho is a 1960 American thriller is a 1960 adaptation of Robert Bloch's novel of the same name and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. In the film, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is a secretary who desperately wants to marry her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin). Unfortunately for the couple, Sam has a considerable amount of debt and they cannot get hitched until his debt is under control. Marion thinks she has found the answer to their problem when she decides to embezzle $40,000 from her employer. After the theft, Marion sets out to meet up with Sam, who is unaware of her crime, to tell him the good news. Her conscience begins to eat at her and she stops at the Bates Motel in Phoenix, Arizona, to think about her situation. At the motel she meets the strange, cross-dressing motel manager, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and goes missing. Marion's sister, Lila (Vera Miles) her boyfriend, Sam, and her employers private investigator, Milton Arbogast (Martin Balsam) eventually come looking for her at the desert motel and try to piece together what has happened.

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  • 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...

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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 ...

  • 100

    Slant Magazine Bill Weber

    Felt in the full impact of a theatrical screening (with the pleasure of seeing patrons reflexively kick or stiffen at the sight of Miles startled by her mirrored reflection), its p...

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Horror, Suspense

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