The Silence of the Lambs (1991): FYC

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The Silence of the Lambs

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"The Silence of the Lambs" Plot Summary.

In this chilling adaptation of the best-selling novel by Thomas Harris, the astonishingly versatile director Jonathan Demme crafted a taut psychological thriller about an American obsession: serial murder.

As Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee who enlists the help of the infamous Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter to gain insight into the mind of another killer, Jodie Foster subverts classic gender dynamics and gives one of the most memorable performances of her career. As her foil, Anthony Hopkins is the archetypal antihero—cultured, quick-witted, and savagely murderous—delivering a harrowing portrait of humanity gone terribly wrong. A gripping police procedural and a disquieting immersion into a twisted psyche, The Silence of the Lambs swept the Academy Awards® (best picture, director, screenplay, actress, actor) and remains a cultural touchstone. The Criterion Collection

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Notable Cast
Jodie FosterJodie Foster...Clarice Starling
Kasi LemmonsKasi Lemmons...Ardelia Mapp
Scott GlennScott Glenn...Jack Crawford
Anthony HealdAnthony Heald...Dr. Frederick Chilton
Frankie FaisonFrankie Faison...Barney
Stuart RudinStuart Rudin...Miggs
Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins...Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Brooke SmithBrooke Smith...Catherine Martin
Ted LevineTed Levine...Jame Gumb
Pat McNamaraPat McNamara...Sheriff Perkins
Tracey WalterTracey Walter...Lamar
Kenneth UttKenneth Utt...Dr. Akin
Dan ButlerDan Butler...Roden
Paul LazarPaul Lazar...Pilcher

Writing Team

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


Notable Wins
Oscar AwardJodie Foster...Best Actress in a Leading Role
Oscar AwardAnthony Hopkins...Best Actor in a Leading Role
Oscar AwardKenneth Utt, Edward Saxon, Ron Bozman...Best Picture
Oscar AwardTed Tally...Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Oscar AwardJonathan Demme...Best Director

Box Office Data

U.S. Dollars
Opening weekend...$13,766,814
Gross (US & Canada)...$130,742,922
Gross (World)...$272,742,922


The Silence of the Lambs movie poster from Criterion


Additional Content
Cast Photos...IMDb
Box Office...IMDb Pro
Poster...Official Site
Awards...The 64th Academy Awards
Studio...Orion Pictures

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