Silence of the Lambs

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An fbi agent must get inside the mind of a brilliant, imprisoned psychotic to stop a killer who is on the loose.


Studio MGM
SKU 40243666
UPC 027616909091
UPC 14 00027616909091
Format DVD
Release Date 8/26/2014
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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).
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Believe me, you don't want Hannibal Lecter inside your head."--Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn)
Quote "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
Quote "I do wish we could chat a little longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."--Hannibal Lecter
Rolling Stone "...Superbly crafted....THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror..." 03/07/1991 p.87-8
Sight and Sound "...A sombre masterpiece....The film creates a world drained of light, counterpointed by a sinister and unsettling score..." 06/01/1991 p.62-3
USA Today "...[A] superbly crafted, unsettling movie....Demme pumps up the tension to a deafening din..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 02/14/1991 p.1D
Entertainment Weekly "LAMBS remains a great film. A groundbreaking film." -- Grade: A 02/02/2007 p.111
Los Angeles Times "...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..." 02/13/1991 p.F1
Premiere "Hopkins's portrayal of the world's most urbane serial killer is a wonder of both actorly invention and villainous instinct." 04/01/2004 p.70
Uncut 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..." 03/01/2006 p.134
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] rare horror that transcends the genre and has arguably become a modern classic." 03/01/2007 p.114
Jonathan Demme
Anthony Hopkins
Jodie Foster
Cast & Crew
Anthony Hopkins - Actor
Gary Goetzman - Executive Producer
Howard Shore - Musical Score
Jodie Foster - Actor
Jonathan Demme - Director
Scott Glenn - Actor
Ted Levine - Actor
Ted Tally - Screenplay
Thomas Harris - Based on Novel By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1991
Catalog ID 1006760
UPC 00027616909091
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 118 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1992) Anthony Hopkins, Winner, Best Actor,Jodie Foster, Winner, Best Actress,Jonathan Demme, Winner, Best Director ,Ted Tally, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium
Golden Globe (1992) Jodie Foster, Winner, Best Actress--Drama
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review A smart, restrained entertainment, it doesn't splash around in blood and hysteria. It doesn't have t
Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago-Sun Times
Review ...true suspense, unblinking horror and an Anthony Hopkins performance that is likely to be referred
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Foster,Jodie
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin Unbearably intense and brilliantly acted and cannily put together...
The New York Times A Knockout! The most exciting thriller in years!

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