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Van Sant's pointless remake neither improves nor illuminates Hitchcock's original.



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Marion Crane is a Phoenix, Arizona working girl fed up with having to sneak away during lunch breaks to meet her lover, Sam Loomis, who cannot get married because most of his money goes towards alimony. One Friday, Marion's employer asks her to take $400,000 in cash to a local bank for deposit. Desperate to make a change in her life, she impulsively leaves town with the money, determined to start a new life with Sam in California. As night falls and a torrential rain obscures the road ahead of her, Marion turns off the main highway. Exhausted from the long drive and the stress of her criminal act, she decides to spend the night at the desolate Bates Motel. The motel is run by Norman Bates, a peculiar young man dominated by his invalid mother. After Norman fixes her a light dinner, Marion goes back to her room for a shower....

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Anne Heche
as Marion Crane
Vince Vaughn
as Norman Bates
Viggo Mortensen
as Sam Loomis
William H. Macy
as Milton Arbogast
Julianne Moore
as Lila Crane
Robert Forster
as Dr. Simon
Chad Everett
as Tom Cassidy
Rance Howard
as Mr. Lowry
Philip Baker Hall
as Sheriff Chambers
Anne Haney
as Mrs. Chambers
Rita Wilson
as Caroline
James Remar
as Patrolman
James Le Gros
as Car Dealer
O.B. Babbs
as Mechanic
as Bob Summerfield
Marjorie Lovett
as Woman Customer
Ryan Cutrona
as Chief of Police
Ken Jenkins
as District Attorney
Roy Brocksmith
as Alfred Hitchcock (uncredited)
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