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Psycho Details


In 1960, [[Performer~P94487~Alfred Hitchcock~alfredhitchcock]] was already famous as the screen's master of suspense (and perhaps the best-known film director in the world) when he released [[Feature~V174140~Psycho~psycho]] and forever changed the shape and tone of the screen thriller. 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), [[Feature~V174140~Psycho~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 ([[Performer~P41670~Janet Leigh~janetleigh]]) is unhappy in her job at a Phoenix, Arizona real estate office and frustrated in her romance with hardware store manager Sam Loomis ([[Performer~P26208~John Gavin~johngavin]]). 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 ([[Performer~P106120~Anthony Perkins~anthonyperkins]]) cheerfully mentions that she's the first guest in weeks, before he regales her with curious stories about his mother. There's hardly a film fan alive who doesn't know what happens next, but while the shower scene is justifiably the film's most famous sequence, there are dozens of memorable bits throughout this film. The first of a handful of sequels followed in 1983, while [[Performer~P115102~Gus Van Sant~gusvansant]]'s controversial remake, starring [[Performer~P225542~Vince Vaughn~vincevaughn]] and [[Performer~P31463~Anne Heche~anneheche]], appeared in 1998. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 16, 1960


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joseph Hurley Best Black and White Art Direction 1960 Nominee
Edgar Allan Poe Awards Joseph Stefano Best Screenplay 1960 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Clatworthy Best Black and White Art Direction 1960 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Janet Leigh Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1960 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Janet Leigh Best Supporting Actress 1960 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Alfred Hitchcock Best Director 1960 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alfred Hitchcock Best Director 1960 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Milo Best Black and White Art Direction 1960 Nominee


Anthony Perkins
as Norman Bates
Janet Leigh
as Marion Crane
Vera Miles
as Lila Crane
John Gavin
as Sam Loomis
Martin Balsam
as Milton Arbogast, detective
John McIntire
as Chambers, the sheriff
Simon Oakland
as Dr. Richmond
Frank Albertson
as Tom Cassidy, millionaire
Patricia Hitchcock
as Caroline
Vaughn Taylor
as George Lowery
Lurene Tuttle
as Mrs. Chambers
John Anderson
as California Charlie
Mort Mills
as Highway Patrolman
Helen Wallace
as Woman Customer
Marion Crane
George Eldredge
as Chief of Police
Virginia Gregg
as Mother
Marli Renfro
as Leigh's Double in Shower Scene
Frank Killmond
as Bob Summerfield
Sam Flint
as Official
Ted Knight
as Prison Guard
Jeanette Nolan
as Mother
Anne Dore
as Perkins' Double in Shower Scene


Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
Joseph Stefano
Robert Bloch
Book Author
Bernard Herrmann
Composer (Music Score)
George Tomasini
Joseph Hurley
Production Designer
Robert Clatworthy
Production Designer
George Milo
Set Designer
Helen Colvig
Costume Designer
Hilton A. Green
First Assistant Director