R | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars 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.
After this movie was released, for years Anthony Perkins refused to talk about the part of Norman Bates, because everyone associated Perkins with the character.
Tom Cassidy: I don't. That's how I'm able to keep it.
When Norman has to carry Mother to the basement to hide for a few days, she's full-bodied with round legs that bounce with weight each step he takes down the stairs. But in the final shot when Lila finds her, the body is a thin skeleton.
Opening credits prologue: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH
TWO FORTY-THREE P.M.
On the Universal DVD, Norman can be heard (not seen) screaming "I am Norman Bates!" as Sam Loomis rushes in to stop him from murdering Lila. The scream is not present in at least some release prints.
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