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4.4
24,904 Ratings

Psycho

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1960
Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis

Marion, frustrated with her job and her lover, decides to follow a sudden impulse to steal $40,000 and leave town. She stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the proprietor Norman Bates, a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.

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Psycho Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1961 | 4 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

National Film Preservation Board

1992 | Winner: National Film Registry

[The murder in the shower] is quite possibly the paramount narrative twist in the history of cinema.
June 16, 2010
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The case for Hitchcock as a modern Conrad rests on this ruthless investigation of the heart of darkness, but the film is uniquely Hitchcockian in its positioning of the godlike mother figure.
January 01, 1980
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A close inspection of “PSYCHO” indicates not only that the French have been right all along, but that Hitchcock is the most-daring avant-garde film-maker in America today. Besides making previous horror films look like variations of “Pollyanna,” “Psycho” is overlaid with a richly symbolic commentary on the modern world as a public swamp in which human feelings and passions are flushed down the drain.
June 16, 1960
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