Psycho

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.

Factual error: When Janet Leigh is shown lying dead on the floor of the shower, there is a close-up of her open eye. The pupil is contracted to a pinpoint (obviously due to the bright lighting) where it should have been dilated. After the film was released, Hitchcock heard from several ophthalmologists who pointed this out and suggested he use belladonna eyedrops in the eyes of "dead" people in future films, as the chemical prevents the pupils from contracting. (00:48:30)

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

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Trivia: Although it lasts for only 45 seconds on screen, the stabbing scene in the shower took seven days to shoot and used 70 different camera angles.

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