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The Silence of the Lambs

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Synopsis

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.

Cast

  • Jodie Foster
  • Lawrence A. Bonney
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • Lawrence T. Wrentz
  • Scott Glenn
  • Anthony Heald
  • Frankie Faison
  • Don Brockett
  • Frank Seals Jr.
  • Stuart Rudin

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • (Cameo) Kenneth Utt: The coroner.
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Goofs

  • When the cop holding the flowers is at the front door of the house in Illinois, shadows change direction on the doorframe between shots.
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Quotes

    • Hannibal Lecter: First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?
    • Clarice Starling: He kills women...
    • Hannibal Lecter: No. That is incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does? What needs does he serve by killing?
    • Clarice Starling: Anger, um, social acceptance, and, huh, sexual frustrations, sir...
    • Hannibal Lecter: No! He covets. That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer now.
    • Clarice Starling: No. We just...
    • Hannibal Lecter: No. We begin by coveting what we see every day. Don't you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice? And don't your eyes seek out the things you want?
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Metacritic

90

Under Jonathan Demme's masterful cinematic surgery, we get into Lecter's twisted skull and, through this outrageous descent, we come to see this sinister in the everyday.

Metacritic review by Duane Byrge
Duane Byrge
The Hollywood Reporter
100

The superbly crafted suspense thriller#133;slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone