The Silence of the Lambs
Release Year: 1991
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writers: Ted Tally (screenplay), Thomas Harris (based on his 1988 novel The Silence of the Lambs)
Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Anthony Heald, Stuart Rudin, Frankie Faison, Brooke Smith,
Rating: Won 5 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Adapted Screenplay. Nominated for 2 Oscars: Best Editing, Best Sound. Won 1 Golden Globe: Best Actress – Drama (Jodie Foster). Nominated for 4 Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Actor – Drama (Anthony Hopkins), Best Screenplay. Won 4 Saturn Awards: Best Horror Film, Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Writing, Best Make-Up. Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards: Best Director, Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Music, Best Costumes.
Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) a young FBI cadet must enlist the help of the incarcerated cannibal and manipulative murderer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to stop a serial killer who skins his victims.
The Silence of the Lambs is one of those films that both excels in its own genre and at the same time transcends the boundaries of that genre. This was clearly evident on Oscar ight in 1992, when The Silence of the Lambs became one of the few films to take home the “big five”. Demme (Philadelphia, 1993), with the help of Ted Tally’s great manuscript, delivers a note-perfect psychological horror movie and arguably one of the pre-eminent serial killer movies. The film flows wonderfully with several memorable scenes, but much of its succes is owed to its leading stars. Both Foster (Taxi Driver, 1976) as the young Starling thrown into the ever tighter web of Dr. Lecter and Hopkins (Hitchcock, 2012), whose seminal performance as Hannibal Lecter has created one of those characters who transcends the running time of the films and lives in the public consciousness. Silence of the Lambs in brutal, it is thrilling and captivating, a tour-de-force for cast and crew alike, and one of the very best serial killer films or indeed one of the best psychological horror films ever made. A must-see.
Despite looming large over the entire film, Anthony Hopkins’s Hannibal Lecter actually only has twenty-four minutes and fifty-two seconds of screen time.