Psycho script
Psycho (1960)
Synopsis: Psycho is a 1960 American psychological horror thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles and Martin Balsam. The screenplay by Joseph Stefano was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch.


I better get back to the office.

These extended lunch hours give my

boss excess acid.

She rises, goes to the bureau, takes a pair of small earrings

out of her bag, begins putting them on, not bothering or

perhaps not wanting to look at herself in the mirror. Sam

watches her, concerned but unable to inhibit his cheery,

humorous good mood. Throughout remainder of this scene, they

occupy themselves with dressing, hair-combing, etc.


Call your boss and tell him you're

taking the rest of the afternoon

off. It's Friday anyway... and hot.


(soft sarcasm)

What do I do with my free afternoon,

walk you to the airport?



We could laze around here a while



Checking out time is three P.M. Hotels

of this sort aren't interested in

you when you come in, but when your

time's up...

(a small anguish)

Sam, I hate having to be with you in

a place like this.


I've heard of married couples who

deliberately spend occasional nights

in cheap hotels. They say it...



When you're married you can do a lot

of things deliberately.


You sure talk like a girl who's been





I'm sorry, Mary.

(after a moment)

My old Dad used to say 'when you

can't change a situation, laugh at

it.' Nothing ridicules a thing like

laughing at it.


I've lost my girlish laughter.



The only girlish thing you have lost.


(a meaningful quiet,

then, with difficulty:)

Sam. This is the last time.


For what?


This! Meeting you in secret so we

can be... secretive! You come down

here on business trips and we steal

lunch hours and... I wish you wouldn't

even come.


Okay. What do we do instead, write

each other lurid love letters?

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Joseph Stefano

Joseph William Stefano was an American screenwriter, best known for adapting Robert Bloch's novel for Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho and for being the producer and co-writer of the original The Outer Limits TV series. more…

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