Psycho (1960)

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Corrected entry: When Norman is cleaning the bathroom, he leaves the toilet seat down. But later, when Sam and Lila go into that same bathroom, they find the seat up. (00:53:50 - 01:32:50)

Correction: Several days pass between the two scenes. Plenty of time for Norman to give the bathroom a second cleaning.


Corrected entry: When Norman carries his dead mother down the stairs her legs are not stiff at all, but wiggle around loosely as he turns at the banister and begins his stairway descent. However, it may have given the plot away if she looked dead and stuffed at that point in the movie, but if she had been dead for many years (I assume stuffed by Norman), they would be stiff and rigid and not bend loosely below the knees.

Correction: He probably stuffed her so as to be "poseable" rather than in a fixed position since sometimes she sits in the chair, sometimes she's laid on the bed. Actually it might be easier to do it this way as you wouldn't have to insert rods to prevent the knees from bending.


Corrected entry: After Marion has worked out how much money she owes back when she decides to return to Phoenix, she rips up the piece of paper she wrote it on and throws it into the toilet. Later on her boyfriend and her sister come to find where she is and enter the bathroom she was killed, the sister looks down next to the toilet and there is a piece of the torn paper which she picks up. However when Marion was tearing up the piece of paper you can see that all the bits fell directly into the toilet making it impossible for that piece to be there.

Correction: Marion does throw all the pieces into the toilet but Lila (the sister) gets the piece FROM the toilet, not next to it. She says something like "There's something that hasn't dissolved here."


Corrected entry: Hitchcock turned on ice cold water half way into the scene without Janet Leigh's knowledge to get a genuine scream in the shower scene

Correction: No, this isn't true. Janet Leigh said in an interview that in fact Hitchcock always made sure she was comfortable during the shooting of the shower scene.

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Corrected entry: In the Scene where Norman spies on Marion, he is looking right into the bathroom, but his office is next to her bedroom, rather than the bathroom. Hitchcock did this on purpose though, to see if anyone was paying close attention.

Correction: Marion is undressing in the bedroom not in the bathroom, the door to the bathroom can be seen centre frame. Incidentally, early cinema prints had a rather racy shot of Marion removing her black bra.


Corrected entry: When Norman goes to clean Marion's room, he goes into his office and comes out with a mop. Yet when he enters Marion's room, Norman also has a mop bucket with him (which he did not have before). (00:50:55)

Correction: When Norman goes to get the mop he also has a bucket, when he enters the room you can just see the metal handle in his other hand.


Corrected entry: In the shower scene after Marion has been stabbed, she slowly slides down with her back against the shower wall - you can see the blood from her back streaking down the wall and into the tub, but when Norman comes in to clean up, the wall is clean, and the only blood you see is in the tub and on the floor.

Correction: That is not blood on the wall as Marion slides down. If you look closer, it is actually her wet hair that is stuck to the wall. That is why Norman does not clean the wall in the shower.


Corrected entry: At the end of the film in the Sheriff's office, you can see a wall calendar with the date on 17. The film started on December 11th - Marion absconds with the money on the same day. She slept the first night in her car, then drove all day Saturday before arriving later that night at Bates motel, she was killed the same night. When Arbogast arrives we learn that Marion has been missing for one week, it is now Saturday, Sam and Lila visit the motel to look for Arbogast, (who by now is dead) and they go to visit Sheriff Chambers later that same evening. They meet the Sheriff the following Sunday morning outside the church, it is on the same day that Norman is captured and taken into custody, now the date on the wall calendar should have shown 20 and not 17, the story has lasted for a total of nine days and not six days.


Correction: All this is true, but it can easily be explained by someone in the sheriff's office forgetting to change the calendar. Character mistake, not movie mistake.

Corrected entry: In the closing scene, right before Marion's car is pulled out of the swamp, Norman Bates, or 'Mother' at this point, is sitting in a chair talking to himself. Watch his face closely before it shows Marion's car, and you can see the skeleton of Mrs. Bates superimposed over him.

Correction: Any information that can be gained simply by watching the film is not trivia.


Corrected entry: When Arbogast is stabbed, in one shot there's no blood on his face, but in the very next shot there is.


Correction: There's only two shots where we see him as he is killed, and in both shots, blood is visible on his face.

Deliberate mistake: When Norman picks up Marion's supposedly naked body to carry it to his trunk, a bra is visible through the shower curtain. Gus Van Sant included this goof in his 1998 remake.

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Norman Bates: A boy's best friend is his mother.

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Trivia: Psycho was the first American movie to show a toilet, and hear one flushing - both viewed as inappropriate in that era.

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Question: Am I right in thinking that the absence of Norman Bates' mother in his life left himself to replace her, by dressing as her, talking like her and so on? Because the film says that sometime he was half Norman half Normans mother and sometimes all Normans mother. If this is true then who checked Marion Crane into the motel. Later in the film when Norman is in the police cell after questioning his mothers voice says Norman blamed her, so I am confused could anybody clear this up? If possible could somebody give me a full explanation.

Answer: Norman and his mother lived together in the house on the hill above the motel. Norman's mother was such a demanding, controlling, overbearing woman that Norman was eventually driven to kill her. The enourmous guilt of this action, combined with the strain he was already under from her treatment of him, caused him to develop a sort of modified split personality: in addition to the existing Norman, he constantly heard his mother's voice in his mind and even had conversations with it. As time passed, the "Mother" voice in his brain began to have some occasional control over his body. Thus, sometimes Norman was in control, sometimes his mother was in control, and sometimes they could "speak" back and forth within his mind. Norman checked Marion into the hotel, but the sexual attraction caused by her presence made his disapproving Mother personality manifest and kill Marion. Having dealt with the situation, Mother retreated and Norman cleaned up, not remembering. At the end of the film, Mother blames Norman for the crimes because she is once again controlling his life and not wanting to take the blame herself. At the same time, this represents Mother forcing Norman down to some corner of his consciousness or even destroying it altogether, meaning that it is unlikely that Norman will ever manifest control again. This is why we hear Mother's voiceover and not Norman's at the end.

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