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Watch Movie 'Psycho' This Weekend

December 28th, 2018   |   Updated on February 14th, 2022

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Marion Crane is a Phoenix, Arizona working girl fed up with having to sneak away during lunch breaks to meet her lover, Sam Loomis, who cannot get married because most of his money goes towards alimony. One Friday, Marion’s employer asks her to take forty thousand dollars in cash to a local bank for deposit. Desperate to make a change in her life, she impulsively leaves town with the money, determined to start a new life with Sam in California.

As night falls and a torrential rain obscures the road ahead of her, Marion turns off the main highway. Exhausted from the long drive and the stress of her criminal act, she decides to spend the night at the desolate Bates Motel. The motel is run by Norman Bates, a peculiar young man dominated by his invalid mother. After Norman fixes her a light dinner, Marion goes back to her room for a shower.

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Movie Reviews: ‘Psycho

Movie Review: New York Daily News

Hitchcock has the same control over his characters as he has over his direction. Anthony Perkin’s intelligent performance, the best of his career, makes the picture what it is, which is better than it would be without him. He is seen as a lonely young man with an abnormal love for his mother. And he hates girls. Janet Leigh has never been better in the dramatic role she plays, a woman desperate because she cannot marry the man she loves, John Gavin is excellent as this man. Vera Miles is fine especially when she comes to the scene when she frightened out of her wits.

In the main supporting roles, Martin Balsam is engaging as a know-tall private detective. John McIntire is as amusing as he is good as a country sheriff who doesn’t believe the weird tales he hears from the city folks. Simon Oakland plays a psychiatrist, the one who throws the light on the strange behavior of a dual personality. Paramount is releasing “Psycho.”

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Movie Review: Hollywood Reporter


Hitchcock’s insistence on secrecy concerning the plot during production and in the “blind selling” and exploitation campaign is completely justified by the surprise macabre ending. And, because of the nature of the film, with a key character being murdered in the first 20 minutes, the exhibition policy banning admissions after the start of the picture is appropriate to a complete understanding and enjoyment of the film. Paramount has used these factors to very good advantage in its merchandising.

The film opens with a typical Hitchcock touch, a long slow pan shot, over the town of Phoenix, Arizona, swinging down to a hotel window to reveal a torrid love scene typical of the French “new wave” school. The main story is laid against the background of an isolated motel and an adjoining eerie mansion. As in all Hitchcock films, the camera effects and explorations here are a vital and exciting element, establishing a weird realistic quality, sharpening the terror, building the suspense.

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Movie Review: TIME Magazine


Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock; Paramount) at first seems to be a typical Hitchcock spine tingler, whose moral is that heaven may protect the working girl but not if she takes long lunch hours in hotel rooms. The film commences with Janet Leigh bouncing about in her bra while her lover (John Gavin) tries to persuade her to take an early dinner as well as a late lunch (“We could laze around here”). She says pettishly that she wants to get married. He explains that he has no money.

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