What's the Difference between Psycho the Book and Psycho the Movie?



Released: 1959
Author: Robert Bloch


Released: 1960
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
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In the Book In the Movie
Norman Bates
Norman Bates
Portrayed by: Anthony Perkins
Mary Crane
Marion Crane
Portrayed by: Janet Leigh
Psycho Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Norman Bates is middle aged, overweight and unstable. Anthony Perkins is slim yound and handsome. He is in control of himself.
   Bates is a drunk who took on his mother's personality while in a drunken stupor. He doesn't drink.
   Bates is interested in spiritualism, the occult and pornography. He isn't.
   The story begins with Bates reading a history book. The film begins with a depiction of Marion's life. Bates isn't seen until 20 minutes into the film.
   Mary's story is very limited. Marion takes up a large portion of the film.
   This doesn't happen. Marion and Sam have sex in a hotel before she steals the money.
   Lila Crane finds a book in Norman's room that is filled with pornographic illustrations. She looks a book but we don't see what is inside.
   There are many conversations between Norman and "Mother". Marion over hears Norman having a conversation with his mother.
   The murdered woman is named Mary Crane. Her name is Marion Crane.
   Sam is attracted to Mary's sister Lila and a romance begins. This doesn't happen.
   Sam explains Norman's pathology to Lila. A Psychiatrist explains Norman's mind.
   Mary's earring is found in the bathroom indicating that she was there. A scrap of paper that failed to be flushed down the toilet indicates that Marion was there.
   Arbogast was killed in the foyer. It was the stairwell.
   Norman is losing his hair. Norman has a full head of hair.
   Norman resents his mother. He accepts her for who she is.
   Mary is beheaded by Bates in the shower. She is stabbed repeatedly in the chest.
   Sam is knocked out by Bates with a bottle Bates knocks Sam out with a vase
   In the novel, the main character's name is Mary Crane. In the movie, the main character's name is Marion Crane.
   In the novel, Norman Bates is shown to be short, fat, middle-aged and not at all likable. In the movie, Norman Bates is shown to be young, handsome and sympathetic.
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