Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam
A milestone in cinema history, Psycho changed how people made, watched and thought about movies, and, 57 years on from its release, its brilliance remains undimmed. Most of us will know what befalls Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) at the Bates Motel, but it still boasts more than enough richly nuanced details to keep us constantly amused, intrigued and pleasingly ill-at-ease. Bernard Herrmann's unsettling score and Joseph Stefano's darkly witty script work wonders, too. In the end, however, through his mastery of mischievous audience manipulation, this masterpiece is Hitchcock's through and through.
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