Robert Bloch (novel)
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Horror / Thriller
Tagline: A new- and altogether different-
Plot Outline: A young female embezzeler
arrives at the Bates Motel which has terrible secrets of its own. (view trailer)
User Comments: Two Words: Hitchcock's Best (...and you
know that's no small feat!)
User Rating: 8.6/10 (48,543
votes) top 250: #25
Complete credited cast:
Perkins .... Norman Bates
Janet Leigh .... Marion Crane
Vera Miles ....
John Gavin .... Sam Loomis
Martin Balsam .... Det. Milton
John McIntire .... Sheriff Al Chambers
Simon Oakland .... Dr.
Vaughn Taylor .... George Lowery
Frank Albertson ....
Lurene Tuttle .... Eliza Chambers
Patricia Hitchcock ....
Caroline (as Pat Hitchcock)
John Anderson .... Charlie
Mort Mills ....
Highway Patrol officer
Wimpy (1960) (USA) (fake working title)
Runtime: 109 min /
Germany:108 min (cut)
Sound Mix: Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 (re-rating) / Argentina:16 (original rating) / Australia:M / Canada:PG
/ Chile:18 / Finland:K-16 / France:-12 (re-release) / France:-16 / Israel:16 /
Norway:15 / Norway:16 (1960) / Peru:14 / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16
(re-release) / UK:15 (video rating) (1986) / UK:X (original rating) / USA:M (original
rating) / USA:R (re-rating) (1984) / West Germany:16
In Robert Bloch's novel, Norman Bates is short, fat, older, and very dislikable.
It was Hitchcock who decided to have him be young, handsome, and sympathetic.
Norman is also more of a main character in the novel. The story opens with him
and Mother fighting rather than following Marion from the start.