The Silence of the Lambs (Widescreen)

Closed Capationed Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins & Scott Glenn Director: Jonathan Demme  Rated: R: Restricted
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DVD Features:

  • Brand New Inside The Labyrinth Documentary Including Interviews with the Cast
  • 20 Minutes of Deleted Scenes
  • Original 1991 "Making-Of" Featurette
  • Anthony Hopkins' Phone Message
  • Never-Before-Seen Outtake Reel
  • Photo Gallery
  • Collectible Booklet
  • Teasers, Trailers & TV Spots
  • Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 58 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1991
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Making Of
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Trailers
    • Outtakes
    • Production Interviews: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins - Stars
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Stills/Photos: Gallery

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Believe me, you don't want Hannibal Lecter inside your head."
  - Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn)
"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti."
  - Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins); the classic sucking sound Hopkins made after this line was ad-libbed
"I do wish we could chat a little longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."
  - Hannibal Lecter

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1991 - Best Actor: Anthony Hopkins
Academy Awards 1991 - Best Actress: Jodie Foster
Academy Awards 1991 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Ted Tally
Academy Awards 1991 - Best Director: Jonathan Demme
Academy Awards 1991 - Best Picture

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 03/07/1991
"...Superbly crafted....THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror..."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/1991
"...A sombre masterpiece....The film creates a world drained of light, counterpointed by a sinister and unsettling score..."
USA Today - 02/14/1991
"...[A] superbly crafted, unsettling movie....Demme pumps up the tension to a deafening din..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 02/02/2007
"LAMBS remains a great film. A groundbreaking film." -- Grade: A
Los Angeles Times - 02/13/1991
"...Hopkins' performance may be the film's bravura showpiece, but Foster's goes the whole distance, steadfast, controlled, heartbreakingly insightful, a fine addition to her gallery of characterizations..."
Premiere - 04/01/2004
"Hopkins's portrayal of the world's most urbane serial killer is a wonder of both actorly invention and villainous instinct."
Uncut - 03/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]till the definitive upmarket serial killer thriller, achieving the almost unprecedented feat of winning all five major Oscar categories..."
Ultimate DVD - 03/01/2007
5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] rare horror that transcends the genre and has arguably become a modern classic."

Description by OLDIES.com:

Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster deliver sensational Oscar-winning performances in this "shockingly powerful thriller" (New York Magazine). "Stunning" (Los Angeles Times) and "spellbinding" (The Hollywood Reporter), this terrifying masterpiece garnered five Academy Awards - including Best Director and the coveted Best Picture.

A vicious psychopath is murdering women throughout the Midwest. Believing that it takes one to know one, the FBI sends agent Clarice Starling (Foster) to interview a prisoner who may provide clues to the killer's actions. The prisoner is Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins), a brilliant, demented cannibal who agrees to help Starling only if she'll feed his morbid curiosity with details of her own complicated life. But as their relationship develops, Starling is forced to confront not only her hidden demons...but also an evil so powerful that she may not have the courage - or strength - to stop it!

Product Description:

Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins will likely be forever associated with their roles in this bone-chilling masterpiece, based on the novel by Thomas Harris and directed by Jonathan Demme. FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Foster) is sent by her supervisor (Scott Glenn) to interview ferociously intelligent serial killer Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lechter (Hopkins) at his cell in a Maryland mental hospital. The FBI hopes Lechter can provide insight into the mind of killer-at-large, Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine), whose current abductee happens to be the daughter of a senator. Intrigued by Clairice, Lechter demands information about her personal life and in exchange for clues, and the two begin to form a strangely intimate connection, with a girl's life hanging in the balance. Starling is gradually revealed as a woman struggling out of her own darkness, bound to aid the dysfunctional males around her on their own paths of transformation, liberation, and destruction. This is a film of brilliant and disturbing beauty that transcends its B-movie origins (though it does honor them with a cameo appearance by Roger Corman). Its enduring influence has led to a slew of similarly dark-toned serial killer films, and a sequel, HANNIBAL (2001).

Plot Keywords:

Blockbuster | Cannibalism | Detectives | Disturbing | Essential Cinema | Killer | Murder | Psychos | Recommended | Suspense | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: February 13, 1991.
  • Filmed on location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.
  • Shooting began on November 15, 1989, and wrapped on March 1, 1990.
  • Estimated budget: $19 million.
  • THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS is number 65 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
  • To perfect the voice of Hannibal, Anthony Hopkins based his speech on the dry voice of the Hal 9000 computer from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.
  • Hopkins won the Best Actor Oscar despite being in the film for no more than 30 minutes, the shortest screen appearance for any Best Actor winner.
  • THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS actually features the second screen appearance of Hannibal Lecter. Played by Brian Cox, the character first appears in Michael Mann's MANHUNTER, which is based on the Thomas Harris novel RED DRAGON.
  • Roger Corman plays FBI Director Hayden Burke in the film.
  • Demme regular Charles Napier plays Boyle.
  • Chris Isaak appears briefly as a SWAT commander.
  • Try to catch how many times Anthony Hopkins blinks in various scenes....
  • The sequel, HANNIBAL, opened on February 9, 2001. Ridley Scott took over the direction, and Julianne Moore played Clarice Starling instead of Jodie Foster. Hopkins again played Hannibal, deliciously.

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