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Still shot from the movie: Psycho.


Based on a novel inspired by the crimes of a Wisconsin murder, Psycho is considered one of the greatest thrillers ever made (according to the American Film Institute). Shot in 1960, Hitchcock's masterpiece and the famous shower scene is still capable of producing chills in audiences today. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C+
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 109
Theater Release: 08 Sep 1960
Video Release: 09 Oct 2010
MPAA Rating: R
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How does Hitchcock create a sense of unease at the hotel? What other film effects does he use to create suspense in the story? How does Marion’s decision to steal the money add to her level of apprehension about others?

According to IMDB.com, actress Janet Leigh was so affected by the shower scene after seeing it on film that to the end of her life, she always took a bath. A man also wrote to Hitchcock saying that his daughter refused to shower after seeing Psycho. What long-term impacts can movie scenes have on viewers?

Alfred Hitchcock makes his signature appearance in this movie. Did you find him?

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