Director: Jonathan Demme Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Heald, Ted Levine, Scott Glenn, Kasi Lemmons, Frankie Faison, Brooke Smith, Diane Baker, Maria Skorobogatov, Jeffrie Lane, Stuard Rudin, Lawrence T. Wrentz, Charles Napier, Cynthia Ettinger, Harry Northup
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Anthony Hopkins); Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jodie Foster); Best Director (Jonathan Demme); Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally)
Also Nominated For: Best Sound; Best Film Editing
I First Saw In: c. 2002
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.
Did You Know? Anthony Hopkins’s performance is one of the shortest to win the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He is second only to David Niven in Separate Tables, who beat Hopkins by only one minute.
Quotables: HANNIBAL LECTER: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. You fly black to school, now, little Starling. Fly, fly, fly…
And now a Word from the Guise:
The Silence of the Lambs is one of the best movies ever made. Even though they barely have any screen time together, Jodie Foster and Sir Anthony Hopkins have incredible chemistry. But they aren’t the only ones who give incredible performances. While he’s well-remembered and often-quoted, Ted Levine’s performance as Buffalo Bill is often overlooked for how tremendously horrifying it is. Together, the three of them are unrivaled.
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