The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Director Jonathan Demme

Writer Thomas Harris (novel), Ted Tally (screenplay)

Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller

Year 1991

Actors Jodie Foster, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons, Lawrence T. Wrentz

IMDB : 8.6 (924,770 votes)


Description FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, including trying to hide or put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After graduation, she aspires to work in the agency's Behavioral Science Unit under the leadership of Jack Crawford. While she is still a trainee, Crawford does ask her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist imprisoned thus far for eight years in maximum security isolation for being a serial killer, he who cannibalized his victims. Clarice is able to figure out the assignment is to pick Lecter's brains to help them solve another serial murder case, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill who has so far killed five victims, all located in the eastern US, all young women who are slightly overweight especially around the hips, all who were drowned in natural bodies of water, and all who were stripped of large swaths of skin. She also figures that Crawford chose her as a woman to be able to trigger some emotional response from Lecter. After speaking to Lecter for the first time, she realizes that everything with him will be a psychological game with her having often to read between the very cryptic lines he provides. She has to decide how much she will play along as his request in return for talking to him is to expose herself emotionally to him. The case takes more dire turns when a sixth victim is discovered, this one from who they are able to retrieve a key piece of evidence if Lecter is being forthright as to its meaning. A potential seventh victim is high profile Catherine Martin, the daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, which places greater scrutiny on the case as they search for a hopefully still alive Catherine. Who may factor into what happens is Dr. Frederick Chilton, the warden at the prison, he an opportunist who sees the higher profile with Catherine, meaning a higher profile for himself if he can insert himself successfully into the proceedings.


  • dave israel 2017-03-02 03:38:36
    The Book and the movie are perfect
  • KasizzleFizzle 2017-02-25 17:12:28
    can anyone help me find a certain channel? She done a little parody on this film and uses an animated version of herself all her videos
  • Sweet sugary 2016-12-17 11:08:33
    Lecter is missing
  • Kevin Cooper 2016-11-23 16:24:15
    'February 14th' what a great day to release a serial killer thriller movie ☺
  • Tali Marie 2016-10-22 05:30:31
    Can you post the part when he says hello clarice, cause no one can find it anywhere and everyone knows he said it
  • Beverly Huttinger 2016-10-15 06:30:01
    Damn, the 90's had some freakish horrifying films! The early 90's were a dark period for films and music.This film can never be replicated.
  • picky kros 2016-09-23 10:21:02
    you should be strong enough to react to psychopaths. they feel fear but not danger
  • GreatVideos 2016-09-09 01:56:42
    This movie is a cinematic horror thriller masterpiece! I own the deluxe DVD - making of... and all the extras. Little known fact that originally Gene Hackman owned the rights to the script, and was originally set to play Lechter. But he backed out. This movie is in my top 5 of all time! A movie of this quality comes around maybe once every 20 years at best. The way they break the 4th wall and look and speak right into the camera is genius. The twists. The pacing, the back and forth surprise ending with Buffalo Bill... all superb. Everything about this movie is world's beyond any movie in this genre. I was in college when it came to theaters, I saw it then, and nothing has come close since. Anthony Hopkins is PERFECT in this role. There is a reason it won the Oscars for Best Actor, Actress, Film, and Director.
  • Tania Venecia Tellez 2016-09-04 17:08:25
    I love this movie
  • Hopey Levrey 2016-08-23 14:20:09
    is this worth watching?
  • Cocoa shine 2016-08-12 03:08:44
    The movie looks so old but so good
  • villaparis2 2016-06-03 17:43:22
    Classic horror film
  • Arie Ravestein 2016-05-23 16:32:22
    One of my favourite movies :3.
  • Money Monster FULL [MOVIE] 2016-05-08 15:27:11
  • Rosie Summer 2016-04-06 13:45:50
    Shame that Jodie Foster didn't replay Clarice.   I think the producers should have waited till she finished her other film she was doing was completed.
  • Taryn L 2016-04-03 20:13:42
    Quid pro quo, Clarice
  • Taryn L 2016-04-03 20:12:20
    I always route for the bad guy... although is Lecter the bad guy in this? I feel like he's a protagonist and an antagonist.. anyway I routed for him to get free from his prison.
  • Kiera Gardner 2016-01-13 00:06:35
  • beatifull mind in matrix 2015-11-15 00:21:17
    Hey.....are really bad....and i mean BAD guys........dificult to catch?.......or they dont "think straight"?........ahahahahah...
  • moviepeasant 2015-10-19 11:36:08
    It seems that Jonathan Demme really knows how to get the best performance out of actors. He directed this, where both Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins won Academy Awards in Best Leading Acting categories and he also directed Philadelphia, which won Tom Hanks his first out of 2 Academy Awards for Best Leading Actor in a row (and I am not surprised, Tom Hanks was fantastic!).

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