1960   USA Psycho
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Director:Alfred Hitchcock
Studio:Universal Studios
Writer:Robert Bloch, Joseph Stefano
IMDb Rating:8.7 (175,417 votes)
Awards:Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations
Genre:Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Duration:109 min
Alfred Hitchcock  ...  (Director)
Robert Bloch, Joseph Stefano  ...  (Writer)
Frank Albertson  ...  Tom Cassidy
John Anderson  ...  Charlie
Martin Balsam  ...  Milton Arbogast
George Eldredge  ...  
Sam Flint  ...  
Anthony Perkins  ...  Norman Bates
Janet Leigh  ...  Marion Crane
Vera Miles  ...  Lila Crane
John Gavin  ...  Sam Loomis
John McIntire  ...  Sheriff Al Chambers
Simon Oakland  ...  Dr. Fred Richmond
Vaughn Taylor  ...  George Lowery
Lurene Tuttle  ...  Eliza Chambers
Patricia Hitchcock  ...  Caroline
Mort Mills  ...  Highway Patrol Officer
John L. Russell  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: A new- and altogether different- screen excitement!!!

Summary: At last--a great American movie available on video for the first time in its original aspect ratio. For all the slasher pictures that have ripped off Psycho (and particularly its classic set piece, the "shower scene"), nothing has ever matched the impact of the real thing. More than just a first-rate shocker full of thrills and suspense, Psycho is also an engrossing character study in which director Alfred Hitchcock skillfully seduces you into identifying with the main characters--then pulls the rug (or the bathmat) out from under you. Anthony Perkins is unforgettable as Norman Bates, the mama's boy proprietor of the Bates Motel; and so is Janet Leigh as Marion Crane, who makes an impulsive decision and becomes a fugitive from the law, hiding out at Norman's roadside inn for one fateful night. Psycho gets the masterpiece treatment it deserves on DVD, with extras including newsreel footage surrounding the making and release of the movie; an archive of production stills; the special trailer in which Hitchcock (acting as one of the original Universal Studio tour guides) himself leads viewers around the Bates place; credit designer Saul Bass's original "shower scene" story boards; posters and advertising materials for the movie's William Castle-like publicity campaign (No One Will Be Seated After the Feature Begins!);and a 90-minute documentary on the making of the film! What more could any movie fan possibly want? --Jim Emerson

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