Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs

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Director: Jonathan Demme

Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn

     
 

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In this multiple Oscar-winning thriller, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy whose shrewd analyses of serial killers lands her a special assignment: the FBI is investigating a vicious murderer nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who kills young women and then removes the skin from their bodies. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants… See more details below

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In this multiple Oscar-winning thriller, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy whose shrewd analyses of serial killers lands her a special assignment: the FBI is investigating a vicious murderer nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who kills young women and then removes the skin from their bodies. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into this case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out. Lecter does indeed know something of Buffalo Bill, but his information comes with a price: in exchange for telling what he knows, he wants to be housed in a more comfortable facility. More important, he wants to speak with Clarice about her past. He skillfully digs into her psyche, forcing her to reveal her innermost traumas and putting her in a position of vulnerability when she can least afford to be weak. The film mingles the horrors of criminal acts with the psychological horrors of Lecter's slow-motion interrogation of Clarice and of her memories that emerge from it.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of the most gripping and horrifying thrillers ever, The Silence of the Lambs introduced moviegoers to the screen's most blood-curdling antihero: brilliant, urbane, softspoken Hannibal Lecter -- a psychotic killer and confirmed cannibal. As depicted with three-dimensional fidelity by Anthony Hopkins, Lecter's a shrewdly manipulative but devilishly charming fiend to whom maximum-security incarceration is merely a temporary setback. Jonathan Demme's bone-chilling adaptation of the bestselling novel by Thomas Harris initially focuses on FBI agent Clarice Starling (played by Jodie Foster), following her exhaustive but ineffectual search for a serial killer. She approaches Lecter for help, persuading him to give her valuable insights into the workings of a similarly affected criminal mind. But the importance of Starling's quest recedes dramatically when the evil genius escapes, and Demme tantalizes viewers with her dilemma: Can she find the killer before Lecter finds her? An intense, unforgettable thriller that confounds genre expectations, Silence draws its effectiveness from a beautifully crafted screenplay rich in characterization, Oscar-winning performances by Hopkins and Foster; and the sure-handed direction of Demme.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
With Silence of the Lambs, director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ted Tally, working from the Thomas Harris novel, peel back the layers on the horrors of everyday life and childhood, which begin to loom as large as their villain Hannibal Lecter's more outlandish crimes. Justice is served, but we feel no safer as a result. The Silence of the Lambs won all five major Academy awards, one of only three films in history to do so (the others were It Happened One Night (1934) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)). Jodie Foster's tightly wound Clarice and Anthony Hopkins' Chianti-and-fava-bean-loving Lecter have become classic movie performances, and the film has taken its place as one of the most complicated and unnerving psychological horror movies. Horror films fans will also want to keep an eye peeled for cameos by directors George A. Romero and Roger Corman.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
It has been a good long while since I have felt the presence of Evil so manifestly demonstrated as in the first appearance of Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/09/2001
UPC:
0027616774637
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jodie Foster Clarice Starling
Anthony Hopkins Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Scott Glenn Jack Crawford
Anthony Heald Dr. Frederick Chilton
Brooke Smith Catherine Martin
Ted Levine Jame Gumb
Diane Baker Senator Ruth Martin
Kasi Lemmons Ardelia Mapp
Charles Napier Lt. Boyle
Roger Corman FBI Director Hayden Burke
George A. Romero Actor
Chuck Aber Agent Terry
Lamont Arnold Flower Delivery Man
Obba Babatunde TV Anchor Man
Daniel Von Bargen SWAT Communicator
Andre B. Blake Tall Memphis Cop
Lawrence A. Bonney FBI Instructor
Gene Borkan Oscar
Don Brockett Friendly Psychopath
Josh Broder EMS Attendant
Dan Butler Roden
Alex Coleman Sgt. Pembry
Bill Dalzell Distraught Memphis Cop
Danny Darst Sgt. Tate
Chad Dowdell Scared Man (uncredited)
Jim Dratfield Senator Martin's Aide
David Earle Spooked Memphis Cop
Cynthia Ettinger Officer Jacobs
Frankie R. Faison Barney
Howard Feuer Actor
John Hall State Trooper
Brent Hinkley Officer Murray
James B. Howard Boxing Instructor
Chris Isaak SWAT Commander
Buzz Kilman EMS Driver
Tommy LaFitte SWAT Shooter
Jeffrie Lane Clarice's Father
Paul Lazar Pilcher
Leib Lensky Mr. Lang
Adelle Lutz TV Anchor Woman
Pat McNamara Sheriff Perkins
George Michael TV Sportscaster
Bill Miller Mr. Brigham
Harry Northrup Mr. Bimmel
Jim Roche TV Evangelist
Lauren Roselli Stacy Hubka
Stuart Rudin Miggs
Rebecca Saxon 2nd Reporter
Red Schwartz Mr. Lang's Driver
Frank Seals Brooding Psychopath
Masha Skorobogatov Young Clarice
Stanton-Miranda 1st Reporter
Kenneth Utt Dr. Akin
Ron Vawter Paul Krendler
Tracey Walter Lamar
Lawrence T. Wrentz Agent Burroughs
Steve Wyatt Airport Flirt

Technical Credits
Jonathan Demme Director,Screenwriter
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
Edward Saxon Producer
Howard Shore Score Composer
Ted Tally Screenwriter
Kenneth Utt Producer
Kristi Zea Production Designer
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Grace Blake Associate Producer
Ron Bozman Producer
Howard Feuer Casting
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Tim Galvin Art Director
Gary Goetzman Executive Producer
Craig McKay Editor
Thomas Earl Harris Source Author

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