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Bates Motel (1987)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama, Horror | TV Movie 5 July 1987
A mentally disturbed man, who roomed with the late Norman Bates at the state lunatic asylum, inherits the legendary Bates Motel after the death of Norman and tries to fix it up to make it a respectable business.

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Richard Rothstein
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Cort ... Alex West
Lori Petty ... Willie
Moses Gunn ... Henry Watson
Gregg Henry ... Tom Fuller
Khrystyne Haje ... Sally
Jason Bateman ... Tony Scotti
Kerrie Keane ... Barbara Peters
Robert Picardo ... Dr. Goodman
Lee de Broux ... Sheriff
Kurt Paul Kurt Paul ... Norman Bates
Marla Frumkin Marla Frumkin ... Dr. Phillips
Rick Lieberman Rick Lieberman ... Architect
Timothy Fall ... Terry Miller
Kelly Ames Kelly Ames ... Beth
Peter Dobson ... Billy Parks
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Storyline

This film is based on, but not in sequence with, the Psycho films. After the death of Norman Bates, a man who befriended him in the institution inherits the motel. In keeping with Norman's wishes, he tries to fix up the place and make it a respectable motel. Written by Jon Acello <JonAcello@AOL.COM>

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Comedy | Drama | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1987 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Bud Cort called actor Anthony Perkins when he was cast as Alex West, seeking advice on how to prepare for the film. Perkins told him to get into shape by doing push-ups. See more »

Quotes

Henry Watson: Look, if you don't mind me asking. What's a fella like you doing with a postcard from the old Bates Motel?
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Edited into The Best TV Shows That Never Were (2004) See more »

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Written by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion) & The Belmonts
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could be called Psycho 5
8 February 2001 | by unioncblueSee all my reviews

This used to play every Fourth of July on t.v... EVERY Fourth of July! NBC's tagline: This 4th of July...Make it a scream! ( or something like that )

Saw this when it was first produced for NBC back in 1987. After a few reruns on that network it was picked up by Lifetime Cable and is now in Encore Mystery Channel's listings. NOWHERE near a classic but passable "stalker" fare if you have really, really low expectations for homogenized tele-terror.

Ironically, when I went to see Scream 3, I couldn't help but think about The Bates Motel ( And it's been years since I've seen this film! ). The similarities are shocking: Big, creepy manse as catalyst in final third of both films, extended chase scenes on staircases, Mrs. Bates' fright mask of skull and black mack ( nearly a decade before the first Scream ) and the eventual unmasking of the "killer" in both films.

It's probably crazy but I couldn't shake the comparisons. Strange. Also, though the movie was lensed way before Psycho IV: The Beginning, storywise, it easily could've been a fourth sequel.

Tame terror, with bizarre casting, but odd enough to give it a look


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