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PSYCHO is a 1960 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Janet Leigh. The screenplay by Joseph Stefano was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The film centers on the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Leigh), who ends up at a secluded motel after embezzling money from her employer, and the motel's disturbed owner-manager, Norman Bates (Perkins), and its aftermath. When originally made, the film was seen as a departure from Hitchcock's previous film North by Northwest, having been filmed on a low budget, with a television crew and in black and white. Psycho initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office returns prompted reconsideration which led to overwhelming critical acclaim and four Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Leigh and Best Director for Hitchcock. It is now considered one of Hitchcock's best films and praised as a work of cinematic art by international film critics and film scholars. Ranked among the greatest films of all time, it set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films, and is widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher film genre. After Hitchcock's death in 1980, Universal Studios began producing follow-ups: three sequels, a remake, a television film spin-off, and a TV series. In 1992, the US Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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#10. THE BIRDS is a 1963 horror thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier. It focuses on a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California over the course of a few days. The film features the screen debut of Tippi Hedren. It also starred Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette and Veronica Cartwright. The screenplay was by Evan Hunter. Hitchcock told him to develop new characters and a more elaborate plot, keeping du Maurier's title and concept of unexplained bird attacks. The film received a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 96%, with the consensus: "Proving once again that build-up is the key to suspense, Hitchcock successfully turned birds into some of the most terrifying villains in horror history."The eminent film critic David Thomson refers to it as Hitchcock's "last unflawed film". The film was honored by the American Film Institute as the seventh greatest thriller and Bravo awarded it the 96th spot on their "The 100 Scariest Movie Moments" for the scene when the birds attack the town.

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#6. PSYCHO is a 1960 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Janet Leigh. The screenplay by Joseph Stefano was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The film centers on the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Leigh), who ends up at a secluded motel after embezzling money from her employer, and the motel's disturbed owner-manager, Norman Bates (Perkins), and its aftermath. When originally made, the film was seen as a departure from Hitchcock's previous film North by Northwest, having been filmed on a low budget, with a television crew and in black and white. Psycho initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office returns prompted reconsideration which led to overwhelming critical acclaim and four Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Leigh and Best Director for Hitchcock. It is now considered one of Hitchcock's best films and praised as a work of cinematic art by international film critics and film scholars. Ranked among the greatest films of all time, it set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films, and is widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher film genre. After Hitchcock's death in 1980, Universal Studios began producing follow-ups: three sequels, a remake, a television film spin-off, and a TV series. In 1992, the US Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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Category: ENTERTAINMENT Question: Who played the heavy in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window?

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Rod Taylor starred in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" in 1963. (People/Everett Collection)

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The shower scene in “Psycho” is considered the perfect marriage of montage and murder. Alfred Hitchcock’s “fun picture” of 1960 was revolutionary in its violence, its sexiness, its sympathy to the perspective of the criminal mind, and, perhaps above all, its technique. (Associated Press)

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The shower scene in “Psycho” is considered the perfect marriage of montage and murder. Alfred Hitchcock’s “fun picture” of 1960 was revolutionary in its violence, its sexiness, its sympathy to the perspective of the criminal mind, and, perhaps above all, its technique. (Associated Press)

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Anthony Hopkins portrays Alfred Hitchcock in a film that is set during the making of the “Psycho.” “Hitchcock” is the latest expression of the public’s never-ending obsession of the filmmaker’s most influential masterpiece, which still enthralls audiences more than a half-century after its shocking premiere. (Fox Searchlight via Associated Press)

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The shower scene in “Psycho” is considered the perfect marriage of montage and murder. Alfred Hitchcock’s “fun picture” of 1960 was revolutionary in its violence, its sexiness, its sympathy to the perspective of the criminal mind, and, perhaps above all, its technique. (Associated Press)

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Anthony Hopkins portrays Alfred Hitchcock in a film that is set during the making of the “Psycho.” “Hitchcock” is the latest expression of the public’s never-ending obsession of the filmmaker’s most influential masterpiece, which still enthralls audiences more than a half-century after its shocking premiere. (Fox Searchlight via Associated Press)

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Anthony Hopkins stars as Alfred Hitchcock in “Hitchcock,” set during the time of the director’s work on “Psycho.” Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh, the star of the horror film. (Fox Searchlight via Associated Pres)

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Anthony Hopkins stars as Alfred Hitchcock in “Hitchcock,” set during the time of the director’s work on “Psycho.” Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh, the star of the horror film. (Fox Searchlight via Associated Pres)

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** FILE ** In a Feb. 29, 1948, file photo, Patricia Neal is shown at lunch with actor Farley Granger on the studio lot in Los Angeles. Granger, most famous for his roles in Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" and "Rope," died Sunday, March 27, 2011, of natural causes in New York. He was 85. (AP Photo, File)

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FILE - In a Feb. 29, 1948 file photo, Patricia Neal is shown at lunch with actor Farley Granger on the studio lot in Los Angeles. Granger, most famous for his roles in Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" and "Rope," died Sunday, March 27, 2011, of natural causes in New York. He was 85. (AP Photo, File)

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Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak are shown in a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film "Vertigo." The film is among the American Film Institute's best genre movies. (Associated Press/Paramount)

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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2007 file photo, actress Kim Novak poses for photographers upon arriving at a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film "Vertigo," in which she starred, at the Egyptian Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)