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Psycho

December 4th, 1998



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Vince Vaughn in Psycho

Plot
A young female embezzeler arrives at the Bates Motel which has terrible secrets of its own.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 4.6/10 (23,934 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Gus Van Sant

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore

Storyline
Marion Crane steals a lot of cash from a man whom her boss is in business with. On the way to see her boyfriend, she stops off by an old motel, run by the odd Norman Bates. She is murdered in the shower. Her sister, boyfriend, and a private investigator try to find out where she is, while we learn more about Norman Bates.

Writers: Robert Bloch, Joseph Stefano

Cast:
Vince Vaughn - Norman Bates
Julianne Moore - Lila Crane
Viggo Mortensen - Samuel 'Sam' Loomis
Anne Heche - Marion Crane
William H. Macy - Milton Arbogast
Robert Forster - Dr. Fred Simon
Philip Baker Hall - Sheriff Al Chambers
Anne Haney - Mrs. Eliza Chambers
Chad Everett - Tom Cassidy
Rance Howard - Mr. Lowery
Rita Wilson - Caroline
James Remar - Patrolman
James LeGros - Charlie the Car Dealer
Steven Clark Pachosa - Police Guard
O.B. Babbs - Mechanic

Taglines: This is the FACE of Norman Bates. This is the MIND of Norman Bates. On December 4th, discover the WORLD of Norman Bates.



Details

Official Website: Universal |

Release Date: 4 December 1998

Filming Locations: Colonial Street, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,031,850 (USA) (6 December 1998) (2477 Screens)

Gross: $37,141,130 (Worldwide)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
The scene with Marion talking to the police officer on the highway was the first scene to be shot.

Goofs:
Continuity: The cars parked on the street as seen from inside Marion's car do not match the cars as seen from outside.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Samuel 'Sam' Loomis: You never did eat your lunch, did you?
Marion Crane: I better get back to the office. These extended lunch hours give my boss excess acid.
Samuel 'Sam' Loomis: Why don't you call your boss and tell him you're taking the rest of the afternoon off? Its Friday, anyway - and hot.
Marion Crane: What do I do with my free afternoon? Walk you to the airport?



User Review

Why?

Rating: 1/10

Yes, why? Among the filmmakers that came out in the 80's and 90's Gus Van Sant is one of my idols. There are others, a few. Steven Sodebergh, PT Anderson, Tim Hunter, Danny Boyle, Martin Donovan, Harmony Korine, Wes Anderson. Idiosyncratic, infuriating some times, but consistent, surprising, unpredictable. Their names make me switch on the TV, go to a video store or even buy a ticket and go to a movie theater. Van Sant's "Psycho" however, gives me pause. Why? I wonder. A shot by shot massacre of one of the perennial classics. The color was jarring, the performances, atrocious. What was Vince Vaughn doing? Was it a parody? A bad joke? What the hell was it? Anne Heche as Janet Leigh? Who dressed her? Viggo Mortensen with a cowboy hat. Viggo is a superb actor but in this case he couldn't make us forget John Gavin and if Julianne Moore had been introduced to the world through this performance there wouldn't have been any "The Hours" for her, "The Minutes" maybe. So, here I am, bad mouthing the work of one of my idols. The crashing question remains: Why, Mr. Van Sant? Maybe, in the words of President Clinton, because he could. I'm afraid that's no excuse.




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Psycho

August 25th, 1960



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Still of Anthony Perkins in PsychoJanet Leigh at event of Psycho

Plot
A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.

Release Year: 1960

Rating: 8.7/10 (192,038 voted)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles

Storyline
Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother.

Writers: Joseph Stefano, Robert Bloch

Cast:
Anthony Perkins - Norman Bates
Vera Miles - Lila Crane
John Gavin - Sam Loomis
Janet Leigh - Marion Crane
Martin Balsam - Det. Milton Arbogast
John McIntire - Sheriff Al Chambers
Simon Oakland - Dr. Fred Richman
Frank Albertson - Tom Cassidy
Patricia Hitchcock - Caroline (as Pat Hitchcock)
Vaughn Taylor - George Lowery
Lurene Tuttle - Mrs. Chambers
John Anderson - California Charlie
Mort Mills - Highway Patrol Officer

Taglines: The master of suspense moves his cameras into the icy blackness of the unexplored! (window card)

Release Date: 25 August 1960

Filming Locations: 4270 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $806,947 (estimated)

Gross: $50,000,000 (Worldwide) (January 2004)



Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Germany: (cut)



Did You Know?

Trivia:
If you look attentively you can notice that nearly every time a driver gets out of his car he does so through the passenger side, a seemingly odd behavior. This is due to the bench seating in older cars, and Alfred Hitchcock's desire to continue the shot without either moving the camera to follow the actor or having the actor walk between the car and the camera.

Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Janet Leigh is in the car dealer bathroom getting the cash, as the envelope is being returned to her purse the top couple bills fold back revealing a $1 bill, not another $100 as the stack is expected to contain.

Quotes:
Tom Cassidy: I'm buying this house for my baby's wedding present. Forty thousand dollars, cash! Now, that's... not buying happiness. That's just... buying off unhappiness.
[waves money in front of Marion]
Tom Cassidy: I never carry more than I can afford to lose! Count 'em.
Caroline: I declare!
Tom Cassidy: [staring at Marion] I don't! That's how I get to keep it!
George Lowery: Tom, uh... cash transactions of this size! Most irregular.



User Review

Two Words: Hitchcock's Best (...and you know that's no small feat!)

Rating: 10/10

Yes, everything you've heard is true. The score is a part of pop culture. The domestic conflict is well-known. But nothing shocks like the experience itself.

If you have not seen this movie, do yourself a favor. Stop reading thse comments, get up, take a shower, then GO GET THIS MOVIE. Buy it, don't rent. You will not regret it.

"Psycho" is easily the best horror-thriller of all time. Nothing even comes close...maybe "Les Diaboliques" (1955) but not really.

"Psycho" has one of the best scripts you'll ever find in a movie. The movie's only shortcoming is that one of the characters seems to have little motivation in the first act of the movie but as the story progresses, you realize that Hitchcock (GENIUS! GENIUS! GENIUS!) in a stroke of genius has done this on purpose, because there is another character whose motivations are even more important. Vitally important. So important that you totally forget about anything else. I was lucky enough to have spent my life wisely avoiding any conversation regarding the plot of this movie until I was able to see it in full. Thank God I did! The movie has arguably the best mid-plot point and climactic twist in thriller history, and certainly the best-directed ending. The last few shots are chilling and leave a lingering horror in the viewer's mind.

Just as good as the writing is Hitchcock's direction, which is so outstanding that it defies explanation. Suffice it to say that this movie is probably the best directorial effort by film history's best director. I was fortunate enough to see this movie at a big oldtime movie house during a Hitchcock revival. Janet Leigh, still radiant, spoke before the film and explained how Hitchcock's genius was in his ability to 1) frighten without gore and 2) leave his indelible mark on the movie without overshadowing his actors (like the great Jean Renoir could never do). "Psycho" is clearly its own phenomenon, despite all the big-name talent involved.

Hitchcock does not disappoint by leaving out his trademark dark humor. His brilliance is in making a climax that is at once both scary and hilarious. When I saw it in the theatre the audience was both gasping in disbelief while falling-on-the-floor laughing.

One more thing...

Tony Perkins. Janet Leigh got much-deserved accolades for this film, but it is Perkins who gives what remains the single best performance by an actor in a horror movie. He is so understated that his brillance passes you by. He becomes the character. The sheer brillance of the role is evidenced by the ineptitude of the actors in Gus Van Sant's 1998 (dear God make it stop!) shot-for-shot "remake." Though the movies are nearly identical, Hitchcock's is superior mostly because of the acting and the atmosphere (some of the creepiness is lost with color). This is made obvious by the initial conversation between Leigh's character and Perkins, a pivotal scene. The brilliance of Perkins in the original shines even brighter when compared with the ruination in the remake even though the words and the shots were exactly the same. The crucial chemistry in this scene lacking in the remake gives everything away and mars our understanding of upcoming events. The fact that Perkins could never escape this role - his star stopped rising star as it had done in the 50s - proves that he played the part perhaps too well.

I keep using the word brilliant, but I cannot hide my enthusiasm for this movie. It is wholly unlike the overblown, overbudget, overlong fluff spewing all-too-often out of Hollywood today. "Psycho" is simple, well-crafted and just the right length.

Eleven-and-a-half out of ten stars.




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