A young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
Release Year: 1991
Rating: 8.7/10 (347,505 voted)
Critic's Score: 84/100
Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney
Young FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned to help find a missing woman to save her from a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. Clarice attempts to gain a better insight into the twisted mind of the killer by talking to another psychopath Hannibal Lecter, who used to be a respected psychiatrist. FBI agent Jack Crawford believes that Lecter who is also a very powerful and clever mind manipulator have the answers to their questions to help locate the killer. Clarice must first try and gain Lecter's confidence before he is to give away any information.
Writers: Thomas Harris, Ted Tally
Lawrence A. Bonney
Lawrence T. Wrentz
Dr. Frederick Chilton
Frank Seals Jr.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter
(as Masha Skorobogatov)
George 'Red' Schwartz
Mr. Lang's Driver
(as Red Schwartz)
From the terrifying best seller
Release Date: 14 February 1991
Filming Locations: Bellaire, Ohio, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $13,766,814
(15 February 1991)
Did You Know?
Brooke Smith entered in and out of the pit by crouching through a small door that was half her size. It was then covered with dirt to keep it out of sight of the camera.
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
Jodie Foster has blue eyes. When she is in the funeral home she goes back in her life and sees her father in the casket. There is a little girl that is supposed to be her going to see her father in the casket. The little girl has hazel eyes, not blue.
Starling! Starling! Crawford wants to see you in his office.
Thank you, sir.
Sweeping all five major Academy Awards ("Oscars" for Best Movie, Director,
Actor, Actress, Screenplay) is quite an accomplishment. Doing it nearly a
year after a film was released is a miracle considering the notoriously
short attention span of Oscar voters. It is a powerful example of how great
a movie can be when superb writers, directors, actors, and others work at
the top of their craft.
`Silence of the Lambs' is the story of a young FBI trainee Clarice Starling
(Jodie Foster) who is summoned to help find one serial killer called
`Buffalo Bill.' by interviewing another. Foster's performance is absolutely
brilliant. While Anthony Hopkins receives most of the (well-deserved)
praise for his chilling portrayal of incarcerated serial killer `Hannibal
the Cannibal' Lector', it is Foster's performance that holds the movie
together. The fear she shows just behind her eyes makes Clarice's outward
courage all the more interesting and vulnerable. This is the perfect way to
play the part because it explains Lector's interest in Clarice. Her only
bargaining chip in getting Lector's help is to let him `feed' on her
innermost secrets and fears in exchange for his brilliant insights into the
psychotic mind. The title of the movie comes from these exchanges and is
Director Jonathan Demme is masterful. There is one scene late in the movie
that I will not spoil. It is one of the most simply brilliant scenes ever
staged in a movie. I don't know if all the credit goes to Demme or the
writers, but there is a moment in the film where the suspense builds
beautifully to a what seems to be a common movie scene. However, through
skillful timing of the direction, the audiences assumptions are used against
them and when the truth is revealed (hint: it involves a doorbell) it is
shocking and induced a collective gasp from the audience I saw it with at
the theatre. It set the stage for an edge-of-your seat
Do not miss this movie.
The movie is incredibly suspenseful and an absolute must see.