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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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
   Sam is knocked out by Bates with a bottle Bates knocks Sam out with a vase
   Norman Bates is middle aged, overweight and unstable. Anthony Perkins is slim yound and handsome. He is in control of himself.
   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.
   There are many conversations between Norman and "Mother". Marion over hears Norman having a conversation with his mother.
   Bates is a drunk who took on his mother's personality while in a drunken stupor. He doesn't drink.
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