The Silence of the Lambs


The Silence of the Lambs

Overview:

FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. but her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape, and now two deranged killers are on the loose.

Votes 4380 (8.1/10)

Runtime: 119 minutes

Release Date 1991-02-01

Budget: $19,000,000.00

Revenue: $272,742,922.00

Tagline: To enter the mind of a killer she must challenge the mind of a madman.

Production company:

  • Orion Pictures
  • Strong Heart/Demme Production

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller

Trailer

Further Information

Clarice Starling
Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
Hannibal Lecter
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
Jack Crawford
Scott Glenn
Scott Glenn
Jame 'Buffalo Bill' Gumb
Ted Levine
Ted Levine
Dr. Frederick Chilton
Anthony Heald
Anthony Heald
Catherine Martin
Brooke Smith
Brooke Smith
Senator Ruth Martin
Diane Baker
Diane Baker
Ardelia Mapp
Kasi Lemmons
Kasi Lemmons
Barney Matthews
Frankie Faison
Frankie Faison
Lamar
Tracey Walter
Tracey Walter
Lt. Boyle
Charles Napier
Charles Napier
Sgt. Tate
Danny Darst
Danny Darst
Sgt. Pembry
Alex Coleman
Alex Coleman
Roden
Dan Butler
Dan Butler
Pilcher
Paul Lazar
Paul Lazar
Paul Krendler
Ron Vawter
Ron Vawter
FBI Director Hayden Burke
Roger Corman
Roger Corman
FBI Instructor
Lawrence A. Bonney
Lawrence A. Bonney
Agent Burroughs
Lawrence T. Wrentz
Lawrence T. Wrentz
Friendly Psychopath
Don Brockett
Don Brockett
Brooding Psychopath
Frank Seals Jr.
Frank Seals Jr.
Miggs
Stuart Rudin
Stuart Rudin
Young Clarice
Masha Skorobogatov
Masha Skorobogatov
Clarice's Father
Jeffrie Lane
Jeffrie Lane
Mr. Lang
Leib Lensky
Leib Lensky
Mr. Lang's Driver
George 'Red' Schwartz
George 'Red' Schwartz
TV Evangelist
Jim Roche
Jim Roche
Boxing Instructor
James B. Howard
James B. Howard
Mr. Brigham
Bill Miller
Bill Miller
Agent Terry
Chuck Aber
Chuck Aber
Oscar
Gene Borkan
Gene Borkan
Sheriff Perkins
Pat McNamara
Pat McNamara
Dr. Akin
Kenneth Utt
Kenneth Utt
"Precious" (as "Darla")
Darla
Darla
TV Anchor Woman
Adelle Lutz
Adelle Lutz
TV Anchor Man
Obba Babatundé
Obba Babatundé
TV Sportscaster
George Michael
George Michael
Sen. Martin's Aide
Jim Dratfield
Jim Dratfield
1st Reporter
Stanton-Miranda
Stanton-Miranda
2nd Reporter
Rebecca Saxon
Rebecca Saxon
Officer Jacobs
Cynthia Ettinger
Cynthia Ettinger
Officer Murray
Brent Hinkley
Brent Hinkley
Airport Flirt
Steve Wyatt
Steve Wyatt
Spooked Memphis Cop
David Early
David Early
Tall Memphis Cop
Andre B. Blake
Andre B. Blake
Distraught Memphis Cop
Bill Dalzell
Bill Dalzell
SWAT Commander
Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak
SWAT Communicator
Daniel von Bargen
Daniel von Bargen
SWAT Shooter
Tommy Lafitte
Tommy Lafitte
EMS Attendant
Josh Broder
Josh Broder
EMS Driver
Buzz Kilman
Buzz Kilman
Mr. Bimmel
Harry Northup
Harry Northup
Stacy Hubka
Lauren Roselli
Lauren Roselli
Young Clarice
Maria Skorobogatov
Maria Skorobogatov
Flower Delivery Man
Lamont Arnold
Lamont Arnold
State Trooper (uncredited)
John Hall
John Hall
FBI Agent (uncredited)
Ted Monte
Ted Monte
FBI Agent in Memphis (uncredited)
George A. Romero
George A. Romero
Orderly (uncredited)
John W. Iwanonkiw
John W. Iwanonkiw
Director
Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme
Director of Photography
Tak Fujimoto
Tak Fujimoto
Editor
Craig McKay
Craig McKay
Screenplay
Ted Tally
Ted Tally
Production Design
Kristi Zea
Kristi Zea
Art Direction
Tim Galvin
Tim Galvin
Set Decoration
Karen O'Hara
Karen O'Hara
Costume Design
Colleen Atwood
Colleen Atwood
Novel
Thomas Harris
Thomas Harris
Casting
Howard Feuer
Howard Feuer
Producer
Kenneth Utt
Kenneth Utt
Producer
Edward Saxon
Edward Saxon
Producer
Ronald M. Bozman
Ronald M. Bozman
Associate Producer
Grace Blake
Grace Blake
Executive Producer
Gary Goetzman
Gary Goetzman
Original Music Composer
Howard Shore
Howard Shore
Gaffer
Russell Engels
Russell Engels
Stunt Coordinator
John Robotham
John Robotham
Music Supervisor
Sharon Boyle
Sharon Boyle
Music Editor
Suzana Peric
Suzana Peric
Still Photographer
Ken Regan
Ken Regan
Foley
Marko A. Costanzo
Marko A. Costanzo
Foley
Frank Kern
Frank Kern
ADR & Dubbing
Deborah Wallach
Deborah Wallach
Music
Nic Ratner
Nic Ratner
Foley
Steven Visscher
Steven Visscher
ADR & Dubbing
David Boulton
David Boulton
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Tom Fleischman
Tom Fleischman
Dialogue Editor
Marissa Littlefield
Marissa Littlefield
Color Timer
David Orr
David Orr
Production Sound Mixer
Chris Newman
Chris Newman
Assistant Costume Designer
Kathleen Gerlach
Kathleen Gerlach
Thanks
James Deeth
James Deeth
Hair Designer
Alan D'Angerio
Alan D'Angerio
Makeup Effects
Carl Fullerton
Carl Fullerton
Makeup Effects
Neal Martz
Neal Martz
Makeup Artist
Allen Weisinger
Allen Weisinger
Makeup Effects
Todd Kleitsch
Todd Kleitsch
Post Production Supervisor
Marshall Persinger
Marshall Persinger
Assistant Director
Ronald M. Bozman
Ronald M. Bozman
Special Effects
Dwight Benjamin-Creel
Dwight Benjamin-Creel
Stunts
Michael Cassidy
Michael Cassidy
Stunts
Walter Robles
Walter Robles
Stunts
George P. Wilbur
George P. Wilbur
Casting
Donna M. Belajac
Donna M. Belajac
Costume Supervisor
Mark Burchard
Mark Burchard
Costume Supervisor
Hartsell Taylor
Hartsell Taylor
Transportation Captain
John Leonidas
John Leonidas
Transportation Coordinator
Denny Caira
Denny Caira
Electrician
Michael F. Burke
Michael F. Burke
Best Boy Electric
Ken Connors
Ken Connors
Art Department Coordinator
Francine Byrne
Francine Byrne
Assistant Art Director
Gary Kosko
Gary Kosko
Construction Coordinator
S. Bruce Wineinger
S. Bruce Wineinger
Location Scout
Brian Hartman
Brian Hartman
Painter
Chris Call
Chris Call
Standby Painter
C.A. Kelly
C.A. Kelly
Camera Operator
Tony C. Jannelli
Tony C. Jannelli
First Assistant Camera
Bruce MacCallum
Bruce MacCallum
Key Grip
Billy Miller
Billy Miller
Grip
Richard Aversa
Richard Aversa
Aerial Camera
Mark Streapy
Mark Streapy
Steadicam Operator
Larry McConkey
Larry McConkey
Set Dressing Artist
Ed Lohrer III
Ed Lohrer III
Craft Service
Richard Fishwick
Richard Fishwick
Post Production Assistant
Trish Breganti
Trish Breganti
Production Intern
Matthew Myers
Matthew Myers
Property Master
Ann Miller
Ann Miller
Scenic Artist
Eileen Garrigan
Eileen Garrigan
Set Production Assistant
Catherine Marie McDonald
Catherine Marie McDonald
Sound Recordist
John Fundus
John Fundus
Transportation Co-Captain
Dennis Radesky
Dennis Radesky
Unit Production Manager
Kenneth Utt
Kenneth Utt
Unit Publicist
Judy Arthur
Judy Arthur
First Assistant Editor
Colleen Sharp
Colleen Sharp
Executive In Charge Of Production
Larry Jackson
Larry Jackson
Location Manager
Neri Kyle Tannenbaum
Neri Kyle Tannenbaum
Boom Operator
Dennis Maitland II
Dennis Maitland II
Assistant Sound Editor
Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson
Orchestrator
Homer Denison
Homer Denison
Sound Designer
Skip Lievsay
Skip Lievsay
Storyboard
Kalina Ivanov
Kalina Ivanov
Dolby Consultant
Robert F. Warren
Robert F. Warren

Ted Fraraccio

Unlike a lot of viewers, I first saw _The Silence of the Lambs_ at five years old. So, for me, _The Silence of the Lambs_ is a childhood favorite. Some would say I had an unusual childhood, in this age where some people actually **avoid** R-rated movies like the plague. The fact that I saw _Something Wild_, which Jonathan Demme directed five years before _The Silence of the Lambs_, as well as the original _Alien_ (alone at that), at the same age probably indicates that they were okay with me watching pretty much anything that wasn't rated X, though, honestly, I've **never** had any interest in that stuff. It was probably due to the fact that, like the movie's protagonist, I don't "spook easily," and many so-called "scary" movies, including this one, never scared me, but (many of them) definitely thrilled me. Granted, I'd seen _Saving Private Ryan_ a few months before, which probably gave me a strong stomach. Well, enough about my wild, albeit fun, childhood. How does _The Silence of the Lambs_ hold up all these years later? For me personally, _The Silence of the Lambs_ is every bit as good as it was the first time I saw it at five years old. On the off chance you don't already know the plot by now, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a rookie FBI agent with a degree in psychology who is called from training by her boss Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) in the middle of a string of murders by a man nicknamed "Buffalo Bill" (Ted Levine) who skins his victims, all of whom happen to be women. Crawford tells her to interview the psychotic Dr. Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in prison, hoping he might have an answer of some kind. Lecter brushes her off. After Catherine Martin (Brooke Smith), the daughter of a senator is kidnapped, Lecter agrees to give Starling information about Buffalo Bill on the condition that she tell him personal information about herself. If I had to pick the greatest Best Picture Oscar winner ever, it would most likely be _The Silence of the Lambs_. Well-acted, well-written, and well-directed, it's definitely my favorite. Let's look at the acting to start. Jodie Foster, unsurprisingly, won a well-deserved Oscar for her performance as Starling. Foster plays Starling as a little scared yet strong at the same time, definitely not a coward as Julianne Moore later played the character in the movie _Hannibal_, and definitely not someone who would turn cannibal as Thomas Harris wrote the character as doing in the novel Hannibal. Movie or novel, in my honest opinion, the Clarice Starling depicted in _Hannibal_ is an insult to what this Clarice Starling stands for. As we find out about what's been nagging Starling since childhood, Foster plays it especially well where another actress may have overdone it. Anthony Hopkins, like Foster, won an Oscar for his performance as Lecter, and I speak for a lot of people, if not everybody, when I say it was also well-deserved. Hopkins plays Lecter as brilliant yet insane, making him one of the more interesting villains in movie history. Scott Glenn plays Crawford very well for the time he's onscreen. Ted Levine plays "Buffalo Bill" as straight up crazy, and does a very good job of making us hate him. Brooke Smith is only supposed to play Catherine Martin as scared and she does - with dead-on accuracy. Ted Tally won a well-deserved Oscar for his screenplay, adapted from Thomas Harris' novel of the same name. Tally doesn't feel the need to focus on violence and gore, which is one of the movie's strengths. Instead he focuses on the characters, and I'd be lying if I said he didn't flesh them out very, very, very, well. Jonathan Demme also won an Oscar for his directing and he does a very good job of it. _The Silence of the Lambs_ is relentlessly thrilling and it holds me to my seat until the last frame every time I see it, all without relying on excessive gore. I've already mentioned that _The Silence of the Lambs_ doesn't scare me, so it may - or may not - scare you, depending on what you're afraid of. Admittedly, there are a few creepy things displayed onscreen so I can see why it would scare some viewers. Either way, I can't recommend _The Silence of the Lambs_ enough, and everybody should see it at least once. _The Silence of the Lambs_ is a childhood favorite of mine, and it holds up very, very well almost 25 years after its release. It's relentlessly thrilling, flawlessly acted, flawlessly written, flawlessly directed, and one of the few movies that actually deserved all the Oscars it won.

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