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Story

Based on Thomas Harris's novel, this terrifying film by Jonathan Demme really only contains a couple of genuinely shocking moments (one involving an autopsy, the other a prison break). The rest of the film is a splatter-free visual and psychological descent into the hell of madness, redeemed astonishingly by an unlikely connection between a monster and a haunted young woman. Anthony Hopkins is extraordinary as the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, virtually entombed in a subterranean prison for the criminally insane. At the behest of the FBI, agent-in-training Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) approaches Lecter, requesting his insights into the identity and methods of a serial killer named Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). In exchange, Lecter demands the right to penetrate Starling's most painful memories, creating a bizarre but palpable intimacy that liberates them both under separate but equally horrific circumstances. Demme, a filmmaker with a uniquely populist vision (Melvin and Howard, Something Wild), also spent his early years making pulp for Roger Corman (Caged Heat), and he hasn't forgotten the significance of tone, atmosphere, and the unsettling nature of a crudely effective close-up. Much of the film, in fact, consists of actors staring straight into the camera (usually from Clarice's point of view), making every bridge between one set of eyes to another seem terribly dangerous. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Fullscreen
  • English: 5.1 Surround
  • French: Stereo Surround
  • Spanish: Mono
  • English, French, & Spanish Language Subtitles
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast

Jodie FosterClarice Starling
Lawrence A. BonneyFBI Instructor
Kasi LemmonsArdelia Mapp
Lawrence T. WrentzAgent Burroughs
Scott GlennJack Crawford
Anthony HealdDr. Frederick Chilton
Frankie FaisonBarney
Don BrockettFriendly Psychopath
Frank Seals Jr.Brooding Psychopath
Stuart RudinMiggs
Anthony HopkinsDr. Hannibal Lecter
Maria SkorobogatovYoung Clarice (as Masha Skorobogatov)
Jeffrie LaneClarice's Father
Leib LenskyMr. Lang
George 'Red' SchwartzMr. Lang's Driver (as Red Schwartz)
Jim RocheTV Evangelist
Brooke SmithCatherine Martin
Ted LevineJame Gumb
James B. HowardBoxing Instructor
Bill MillerMr. Brigham
Chuck AberAgent Terry
Gene BorkanOscar
Pat McNamaraSheriff Perkins
Tracey WalterLamar
Kenneth UttDr. Akin
Dan ButlerRoden
Paul LazarPilcher
Darla'Precious' (as 'Darla')
Adelle LutzTV Anchorwoman
Obba BabatundeTV Anchorman (as Obba Babatunde)
George MichaelTV Sportscaster
Diane BakerSenator Ruth Martin
Roger CormanFBI Director Hayden Burke
Ron VawterPaul Krendler
Charles NapierLt. Boyle
Jim DratfieldSen. Martin's Aide
D. Stanton Miranda1st Reporter (as Stanton-Miranda)
Rebecca Saxon2nd Reporter
Danny DarstSgt. Tate
Cynthia EttingerOfficer Jacobs
Brent HinkleyOfficer Murray
Steve WyattAirport Flirt
Alex ColemanSgt. Pembry
David EarlySpooked Memphis Cop
Andre B. BlakeTall Memphis Cop (as Andre Blake)
Bill DalzellDistraught Memphis Cop (as Bill Dalzell III)
Chris IsaakSWAT Commander
Daniel von BargenSWAT Communicator
Tommy LafitteSWAT Shooter (as Tommy LaFitte)
Josh BroderEMS Attendant
Buzz KilmanEMS Driver
Harry NorthupMr. Bimmel
Lauren RoselliStacy Hubka
Lamont ArnoldFlower Delivery Man

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  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Theme(s): Horror
  • Director: Jonathan Demme
  • Producer: Image
  • Length: 118 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 13, 1991
    EuropeMay 31, 1991
    JapanJun 22, 1991
    AustraliaMay 9, 1991
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    JapanR-15
    AustraliaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMar 3, 2009
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 21, 1998
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