Psycho parents guide


Overall C+

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.

Release date September 7, 1960

Violence C
Sexual Content C+
Profanity A-
Substance Use B+

Why is Psycho rated R? The MPAA rated Psycho R

Run Time: 109 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Psycho rated R? Psycho is rated R by the MPAA

Violence: A characters steals a large amount of money. Arguments between a son and his mother are overheard several times. A woman is slashed with a knife while showering, although the audience never sees the knife make contact with the body. Blood runs down the drain and is later seen splattered in the shower and around the bathroom. A man washes blood from his hands after cleaning up the bathroom. Another character is stabbed in the face (blood shown), falls down the stairs and is repeatedly stabbed after collapsing on the floor. Several murders involving stabbing or poisoning are discussed. A character badgers another with questions and causes him to become angry. A man is hit over the head with an object. Characters, one holding a knife, struggle with one another. Several corpses are shown.

Sexual Content: A man flirts with a secretary. A woman is shown in her bra on several occasions. A couple redresses after an implied sexual encounter. They kiss and cuddle on the bed and discuss the future of their affair, dirty love letters and the next opportunity to be together. Through a peephole, a man watches a woman undress. Bare shoulders and stomach are seen in a shower scene along with very brief backside and partial breast nudity. A character is incorrectly referred to as a transvestite because there are no sexual desires involved in the cross-dressing.

Language: The script contains a term of Deity and adult oriented dialogue about murders, suicide and illicit sexual affairs.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A character makes reference to a bottle in man’s work desk and later talks about going out for drinks. A character pulls out a package of cigarettes and smokes one.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
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News About "Psycho"

Cast and Crew

Psycho is directed by Alfred Hitchcock and stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles .

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Psycho movie is October 8, 2010. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Psycho; 50th Anniversary Edition

Release Date: 19 October 2010

Psycho release to home video (DVD and Blu-ray) in a 50th Anniversary Edition. Bonus extras include:

- The Making of Psycho

- Psycho Sound

- In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy

- Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts

- Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho

- The Shower Scene: With and Without Music

- The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass

- The Psycho Archives

- Lobby Cards

- Behind-the-Scenes Photographs

- Production Photographs

- Theatrical Trailer

- Re-release Trailers

- My Scenes

- Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho”)

- BD Live (Blu-ray only)

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The movie Hitchcock is a biopic about the period of the director’s life in which he makes the movie Psycho. Actress Janet Leigh also starred in the 1962 movie The Manchurian Candidate. Other Hitchcock movies dealing with murder include Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and The 39 Steps.