Psycho (1960)

38 mistakes

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Continuity mistake: Norman brings a tray of food to Marion, when she says "So long as you've fixed supper we may as well eat it," watch how her folded arms change position from hands tucked underneath, to hands on top of her arms.


Continuity mistake: When Marion is buying another car at the dealership, in the background you can see the same extras walking in different directions on the sidewalk.

Visible crew/equipment: When Marion arrives at the car dealership and the salesman says "be with you in a second", pay attention to Marion's car door. You can see the reflection of a crew member kneeling down as soon as she starts walking away from the car.


Continuity mistake: When Norman carries Marion's dead body out to the boot of the car, the water on Marion's bonnet changes between shots. In some shots there is water, sometimes there is no water.

Continuity mistake: When Norman is parking Marion's car, he does so by reversing with right hand lock. But when he drives off, he does so with left hand lock without having turned the steering wheel.


Continuity mistake: When Marion steps into the shower and pulls the curtain shut, if you look closely, you can see a rubber bath mat with holes in it. After this shot, the mat is not seen again (during the murder or the clean-up). (00:46:20)

Audio problem: When Norman runs down from the Bates house to the motel and meets Marion, he says "Gee, I'm sorry I didn't hear you in all this rain. Go ahead in, please." But you look closely, it looks like Norman is barely moving his lips. In fact it looks like Marion is saying something instead. (00:27:50)

Deliberate mistake: Mrs. Bates is in a rocking chair, but in the close-up that reveals her face her position smoothly rotates as though she were in a swivel chair.


Deliberate mistake: After being stabbed, Arbogast falls down the stairs in an impossible manner. He is standing tilted backwards all the way down the stairs.


Continuity mistake: While in the shower, Marion rubs her right arm with a bar of soap and her hair has yet to get wet. But in the next shot, the soap has disappeared from her hand and most of her hair is wet. (00:46:45)

Continuity mistake: When Marion gets out of her car at the dealership, she is holding her purse with her hands. But in the next shot, her purse is now around her left arm. (00:17:40)

Plot hole: When the cop comes back after making the phone call, he's just missed Norman. He heads over to the office and calls out for Bates. He's in there around 45 seconds. Then he leaves and heads towards the big house. How can Norman be at the house ready to kill him in his mothers clothes, when he had no idea the cop was back and he would not have had time to get there from where he was, right at the far end of the cabins?

Jimmy Gletherow

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Suggested correction: Because Norman heard/saw him coming up the road. Norman hesitates before he goes into a cabin or behind one, it's not clear which. He has seen Arbogast's car before and recognizes it. He goes the back way between the two buildings of cabins (just like Vera miles does later when she goes to the house) and up to the house to put the dress/wig on and be ready for Arbogast when he gets to the top of the stairs.

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Continuity mistake: When the Highway Patrol Officer hands the driver license back to Marion, in the interior shot he's holding it out with his right hand and Marion takes it with her left hand, but in the next exterior shot he's handing it to her with his left hand and Marion is taking it with her right hand. (00:15:50)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene after Norman kills Marion, when he goes back into cabin 1 to move her body and clean the bathroom, look on the floor between the bathtub and the toilet and you'll see a pair of bathroom slippers. As he mops the bathtub and then dries off the floor with a towel the slippers magically disappear. (00:52:55 - 00:54:05)


Continuity mistake: When Arbogast reaches the top of the stairs, Mother Bates stabs him in the chest; but when the camera angle changes, the wound is on his face.

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Suggested correction: That's blood splatter, not the wound.

Continuity mistake: The shadows made by the sunlight streaming onto the hotel office wall completely change, from the scene in which Sam grills Norman about the $40K, to the shot in which Norman runs out to find Lila. While Sam and Norman were in the hotel parlor and Lila was in the house, who pulled the office window shade half way down - Mother?

Other mistake: If the film begins on Friday, December 11th and continues to the following week, there should be more Christmas decorations, not just the ones seen on the store when Mr. Lowry walks by Marion's car.


Audio problem: When Norman enters the cellar to kill Lila and is grabbed from behind by Sam, Mother's voice can be heard yelling, "I am Norma Bates." However, this was added in post-production, as his lips are not moving.


Mother: No! I tell you no! I won't have you bringing some young girl in for supper! By candlelight, I suppose, in the cheap, erotic fashion of young men with cheap, erotic minds!
Norman Bates: Mother, please...!

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Trivia: The blood in the infamous shower scene is actually chocolate syrup.

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Question: I'm doing horror movies in my Media Studies course and we're looking at this film in great depth. There were many themes that came up a lot in the film, mainly mirrors, birds and eyes. I've had loads of interpretations of all of these, but does anyone know what they symbolise?

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Chosen answer: Birds are just a favourite choice of spooky animal that Alfred Hitchcock seems to use hence the film "The Birds". Eyes show the window to our soul where our deepest fears originate and who isn't scared of getting knifed in the shower. The mirrors i can't explain but I can suggest that it just looks creepy.

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