The Silence of the Lambs  (1991)

8.6 / 10

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

Country United States

Genre Drama, Crime, Thriller

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FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, including trying to hide or put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After graduation, she aspires to work in the agency's Behavioral Science Unit under the leadership of Jack Crawford. While she is still a trainee, Crawford does ask her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist imprisoned thus far for eight years in maximum security isolation for being a serial killer, he who cannibalized his victims. Clarice is able to figure out the assignment is to pick Lecter's brains to help them solve another serial murder case, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill who has so far killed five victims, all located in the eastern US, all young women who are slightly overweight especially around the hips, all who were drowned in natural bodies of water, and all who were stripped of large swaths of skin. She also figures that Crawfo...

Keywords: serial killer, psycho thriller, strong female lead, strong female character, female hero

Genres: Drama, Crime, Thriller

Cast

Jodie Foster Jodie Foster ClariceStarling
Anthony Hopkins Anthony Hopkins Dr.HannibalLecter
Roger Corman Roger Corman FBIDirectorHaydenBurke
Diane Baker Diane Baker SenatorRuthMartin
Jonathan Demme Jonathan Demme
Scott Glenn Scott Glenn JackCrawford
Chris Isaak Chris Isaak SWATCommander
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Critics

Very few movies have ever won the five top Oscars: Best Actor, Actress, Screenplay, Director, and Picture. "The Silence of the Lambs" is one.
Adapted from the novel by Thomas Harris, Agent Clarice Starling (Foster) assists in the hunt for a brutal killer who is so desperate to be female, he's sowing a woman's suit for himself out of real skin. Hoping to gain some insight into the killer's mind, she visits the notorious psychiatrist and serial killer Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter (Hopkins) in prison. His dazzling intellect and psychopathic nature both messes with her head and leads her on t...

Source: BBCi - Films

Author: Ben Falk

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Plot

Promising FBI Academy student Clarice Starling is pulled from her training at the FBI Training Facility at Quantico, Virginia by Jack Crawford of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, who tasks her with presenting a VICAP questionnaire to the notorious Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant forensic psychiatrist and incarcerated cannibalistic serial murderer. After learning the assignment relates to the pursuit of vicious serial killer Buffalo Bill, Starling travels to the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane and is led by Dr. Frederick Chilton to Hannibal Lecter, a sophisticated, cultured man restrained behind thick glass panels and windowless stone walls. Although initially pleasant and courteous, Lecter grows impatient with Starling's attempts at "dissecting" him and viciously rebuffs her. As Starling departs, another patient flings fresh semen onto her face, enraging Lecter who calls Starling back and offers a riddle containing information about a former patient. ...

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Languages: English

Release Date: 30 Jan 1991 (United States) See more

Also Known As: AR See more

Filming Locations: Bellaire, Ohio, USA See more