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Mental Illness: Major Films  
TitlePsycho (1960)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityMental Split Personality
CountryUSA
Length109
GenreHorror
Rating5
DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
CastAnthony Perkins Janet Leigh Vera Miles John Gavin Martin Balsam John McIntire
NotesB/W Utter classic which doesn't do a thing for mistaken conceptions about schizophrenia. Woman in love, steals money and flees, stays in Bates Motel. Is killed in shower by tall figure in wig. Sister looks for her, employs private eye, private eye killed at top of stairs by very big knife. Bird lover and motel keeper, Norman, is revealed as orphan who misses his mother. Even while screaming you'll thrill to the music of Bernard Herrman. The book by Robert Bloch was based on a true story. Follow-ups: Psycho II (1983) Psycho III (1986) Psycho IV: The Beginning (TV Film) (1990) See below 1998 remake. Plenty of criticism on Hitchcock at the excellent MacGuffin site http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~muffin/

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