The Silence of the Lambs Movie Review 1991

Information and Film Reviews for The Silence of the Lambs the Movie

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4.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

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 VHS, DVD
Running time 118 minutes.

Cast and Crew

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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