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Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Silence of the Lambs (1991)


Jodie Foster
Anthony Hopkins
Scott Glenn
Ted Levine

Directed by Jonathan Demme

With a screen time of not more than 17 minutes, Anthony Hopkins pulled off a memorable performance that gained him an Academy Award; I think no actor has won an Oscar for such a short screen time. His was so great that even in this short screen time he puts the fear of his cannibalism in you that he also earned the title of the 1 Villain of all time in the AFI (American Film Institute) 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villain for his portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in this movie.

There is just so much about this movie that just makes you love it, the high intellect showed by Lecter, the way he master minds the people he is talking to make them bend to his will in such a way that they have no idea, and how he can draw you in for just a bite of your nose. This is one of the best movies I have ever seen.

Silence of the Lambs is one of three movies to win all five major Oscar awards, those awards are: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. The other two films to achieve such are It happened One Night in 1934 and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1975.

The movie plot is about a young FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), who seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to apprehend another serial killer, known only as "Buffalo Bill".

Clarice was sent to Hannibal Lecter with the hope of gaining a better insight into the mind of the serial killer Buffalo Bill, by talking to another psychopath (Lecter).  Dr. Lecter used to be a psychiatrist, until he turned psycho. He has a powerful mind and he is an excellent mind manipulator.

This 1991 classic is based on the 1988 novel of the same name by Thomas Harris, his second to feature Hannibal Lecter. His first book in 1981 Red Dragon was where Lecter was first introduced as a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer.

Red Dragon was the first film adapted from the Harris novels, and it was done in 1986 and named Manhunter it starred Brian Cox as Lecter, spelled "Lecktor".

A remake of Red Dragon was done in 2002 starring Hopkins as Lector and the movie was adapted from the same novel as Manhunter, released to a generally positive review Red Dragon was a critical and box office success, making over $200 million on a $78 million budget.

This movie (Silence of the Lambs) was a box office success, and it is one you will want to watch, but warning it does deal with cannibalism, and it is graphical in some sense.


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