CAST: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire DIRECTOR: Alfred Hitchcock
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. 36 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 he regales her with curious stories about his mother.
Paramount won't let anyone enter theatres where Psycho is playing after the picture starts. No one will want to leave before it is over.Jack Harrison, Hollywood Reporter
After half a century of terror, Psycho is still ensuring that no one feels safe in the shower.Mark Kermode, Guardian
The obvious thing to say is that Hitch has done it again; that the suspense of his picture builds up slowly but surely to an almost unbearable pitch of excitement.Wanda Hale, New York Daily News