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Foster is FBI cadet Clarice Starling, a woman with ambition, a cum laude degree in psychology, and a traumatic childhood. When a serial killer begins his ugly rounds, the FBI wants psychological profiles from other serial killers and she's sent to collect a profile from one who's exceptionally clever--psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter, a vicious killer prone to dining on his victims. Brilliant performances from Foster and Hopkins, finely detailed supporting characterizations, and elegant pacing from Demme. Some brutal visual effects. Excellent portrayals of women who refuse to be victims. Based on the Thomas Harris novel.

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Available on Running time 118 minutes.

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Psycho-Thriller, Books to Film: Thomas Harris, Memphis, Wonder Women, Sanity Check, FBI, Gender Bending, Serial Killers, Cannibalism, Contemporary Noir, Trapped with a Killer!, Elevators, Women Cops, Top Grossing Films of 1991
Ted Tally
Dan E. Butler, Frankie Faison, Kasi Lemmons, Kathryn Witt, Tracey Walter, Obba Babatunde, Ron Vawter, Brent Hinkley, Daniel von Bargen, Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Brooke Smith, Charles Napier, Roger Corman, Anthony Heald, Diane Baker, Chris Isaak
Tak Fujimoto
Jonathan Demme
Howard Shore
Orion Pictures, Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt


Oscars 1991: Actor (Hopkins), Actress (Foster), Adapt. Screenplay, Director (Demme), Picture; AFI 1998: Top 100; British Acad. 1991: Actor (Hopkins), Actress (Foster); Directors Guild 1991: Director (Demme); Golden Globes 1992: Actress--Drama (Foster); Natl. Bd. of Review 1991: Director (Demme), Film, Support. Actor (Hopkins); N.Y. Film Critics 1991: Actor (Hopkins), Actress (Foster), Director (Demme), Film; Writers Guild 1991: Adapt. Screenplay.

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The Silence of the Lambs
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This movie has awesome acting by Jodi Foster and Anthony Hopkins, but the plot is gruesome and unthinkable. The movie focuses on a young FBI agent named Clarice Starling (played by Foster) who is sent to the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane to talk to Dr. Hannibal Lecter (played by Hopkins) who was a great psychiatrist who turned into a psycho serial killer who liked to munch on his victims so was nicknamed Hannibal Cannibal. Clarice was hoping that Lecter could help give some insight into another serial killer named Buffalo Bill who has abducted a little girl that they are hoping to find still alive. Lecter isn't willing to give up information so easily and plays a lot of mind games with Clarice. Lecter also ends up escaping and a lot of things go wrong. This chilling thriller could give you nighmares so beware!