15 certificatePsycho is a Film programme that first aired in 1960 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Psycho is a 4 star programme

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Psycho (1960)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror film, starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, is unmissable. An immediate box-office hit in 1960, it's gradually - and quite rightly - achieved legendary status. It may look a little tame by modern standards but at the time of its release it slashed through convention, shocked audiences, altered Hollywood's perception of the horror genre and broke industry taboos. If that wasn't enough, the infamous shower scene (pictured) has become one of the most iconic moments in movie history.

On the run having stolen cash from her employer, nervy Marion Crane (Leigh) turns up, late at night, at the seemingly deserted Bates Motel. Here she meets friendly but eccentric young owner Norman Bates (Perkins) who runs the motel and cares for his elderly, sick and shrewish mother Lila (Crane). Marion takes a room at the motel and decides to take a shower...

Unable to find big-studio financing for his project, Hitchcock deliberately shot the film on a tight budget in black and white, using a TV crew. It was a genius stroke, adding tremendous atmosphere - and even touches of black comedy - to the film's eerie plot. Highly recommended.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1960

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Black and White


Image for Anthony PerkinsAnthony Perkins...Norman Bates
Image for Janet LeighJanet Leigh...Marion Crane
Image for Vera MilesVera Miles...Lila Crane
John Gavin...Sam Loomis
Image for Martin BalsamMartin Balsam...Milton Arbogast
John McIntire...Deputy Sheriff Al Chambers
Simon Oakland...Dr. Fred Richmond
Vaughn Taylor...George Lowery
Frank Albertson...Tom Cassidy
Lurene Tuttle...Eliza Chambers
Patricia Hitchcock...Caroline
John Anderson...Charlie
Mort Mills...Highway Patrol officer