Psycho | 1960

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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Main Plot

A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 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.


  • Anthony Perkins' character, Norman Bates, is a mentally disturbed motel owner who becomes a central figure in a murder mystery.
  • Janet Leigh's character steals money and becomes a victim of the deranged motel owner in Psycho.
  • Vera Miles' character, Lila Crane, investigates the disappearance of her sister and uncovers the truth about Norman Bates.


In the ending of Psycho, Norman Bates is revealed to be the killer, assuming his mother's identity. He is arrested and placed in a psychiatric institution. A psychiatrist explains Norman's dissociative identity disorder and his mother's influence on his actions. The film ends with a chilling shot of Marion Crane's car being pulled from the swamp, symbolizing the depths of Norman's disturbed psyche.

Alfred Hitchcock