Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Academy Awards
Best Director
Academy Awards
Best Cinematography
Academy Awards
[A] masterpiece...the most morally unsettling film ever made.
--Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
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In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock was already famous as the screen's master of suspense (and perhaps the best-known film director in the world) when he released 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), 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 (Janet Leigh) is unhappy in her job at a Phoenix, Arizona real estate office and frustrated in her romance with hardware store manager Sam Loomis (John Gavin). 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. Thirty-six 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 (Anthony Perkins) cheerfully mentions that she's the first guest in weeks before regaling 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. (All Movie Guide)

"Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 masterpiece blends a brutal manipulation of audience identification and an incredibly dense, allusive visual style to create the most morally unsettling film ever made." (Dave Kehr,
Chicago Reader)

Played at

NoHo 7, 4.05.18 - 4.05.18
Royal, 10.02.10 - 10.02.10
Music Hall, 4.22.09 - 4.22.09
Playhouse 7, 4.22.09 - 4.22.09
Town Center 5, 4.22.09 - 4.22.09
Rated NR
Runtime: 109 min
Language: English

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam

  • Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Academy Awards
  • Nominee, Best Director, Academy Awards
  • Nominee, Best Cinematography, Academy Awards
  • Nominee, Best Production Design, Academy Awards