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The Silence of the Lambs [1991 film] by…

The Silence of the Lambs [1991 film]

by Jonathan Demme (Director), Ted Tally (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Diane Baker (Actor), Jodie Foster (Actor), Scott Glenn (Actor), Anthony Heald (Actor), Anthony Hopkins (Actor)3 more, Ted Levine (Actor), Howard Shore (Composer), Brooke Smith (Actor)

Series: Hannibal Lecter Films (1991)

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A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims. And a really scary film! (IMDb) ( )
  DrLed | Nov 4, 2017 |
An FBI cadet interviews an incarcerated serial killer, hoping to catch a different serial killer.

Proof that people who make horror movies about ghosts and zombies have no idea what is actually scary.

Concept: B
Story: B
Characters: A
Dialog: A
Pacing: B
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: A
Acting: A
Music: C

Enjoyment: A

GPA: 3.4/4 ( )
1 vote comfypants | Jan 28, 2016 |
It's certainly a better book than Black Sunday or Red Dragon but it's still so ridiculously improbable. I know Lecter is supposed to be the glue that holds the book together but honestly he bugs me. He's an unneccessary distraction from an otherwise interesting thriller/mystery. ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 2, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Demme, JonathanDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tally, TedScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker, DianeActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foster, JodieActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Glenn, ScottActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heald, AnthonyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hopkins, AnthonyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levine, TedActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shore, HowardComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, BrookeActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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Based on Thomas Harris's novel, this terrifying film by Jonathan Demme really only contains a couple of genuinely shocking moments (one involving an autopsy, the other a prison break). The rest of the film is a splatter-free visual and psychological descent into the hell of madness, redeemed astonishingly by an unlikely connection between a monster and a haunted young woman. Anthony Hopkins is extraordinary as the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, virtually entombed in a subterranean prison for the criminally insane. At the behest of the FBI, agent-in-training Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) approaches Lecter, requesting his insights into the identity and methods of a serial killer named Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). In exchange, Lecter demands the right to penetrate Starling's most painful memories, creating a bizarre but palpable intimacy that liberates them both under separate but equally horrific circumstances. Demme, a filmmaker with a uniquely populist vision (Melvin and Howard, Something Wild), also spent his early years making pulp for Roger Corman (Caged Heat), and he hasn't forgotten the significance of tone, atmosphere, and the unsettling nature of a crudely effective close-up. Much of the film, in fact, consists of actors staring straight into the camera (usually from Clarice's point of view), making every bridge between one set of eyes to another seem terribly dangerous. --Tom Keogh

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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.… (more)

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