Psycho Film Poster


In the Top 5 of The American Film Institute’s 25 Greatest Film Scores Of All Time
In the Top 20 of The American Film Institute’s Top 100 Greatest American Films Of All Time
No. 1 on The American Film Institute’s 100 Most Thrilling American Films

"Well, a boy's best friend is his mother."

Thanks to Bernard Herrmann’s remarkably inventive strings-only composition, The American Film Institute has ranked the ferocious musical driving force of “Psycho” in the Top 5 Greatest Film Scores Of All Time. With a live orchestra underscoring the emotional tension of the soul-searing plot, the audience will understand fully why the American Film Institute includes “Psycho” in the Top 20 Greatest American Films Of All Time.

Program Information

Film Credits

Cast Anthony Perkins — Norman Bates Vera Miles — Lila Crane John Gavin — Sam Loomis Martin Balsam — Milton Arbogast John  — Deputy Sheriff Al Chambers Simon Oakland — Dr. Fred Richmond Vaughn Taylor — George Lowery Frank Albertson — Tom Cassidy Lurene Tuttle — Mrs. Chambers Patricia Hitchcock — Caroline (as Pat Hitchcock) John Anderson — California Charlie Mort Mills — Highway Patrol Officer Janet Leigh — Marion Crane   Screenplay by Joseph Stefano Robert Bloch Directed by Alfred Hitchcock   Music by Bernard Herrmann   A Universal Picture  

Production Credits

Producer: John Goberman Technical Supervisor: Pat McGillen Music Preparation: Larry Spivack   Running Time: 109 minutes   The producer wishes to acknowledge the contributions and extraordinary support of John Waxman (Themes & Variations). A Symphonic Night at the Movies is a production of PGM Productions, Inc. (New York) and appears by arrangement with IMG Artists.


“Psycho” is strings only.

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