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The Silence of the Lambs

  • 1991
  • R
  • 118min
  • 96%
  • 8.6 / 10

Assigned to find a missing woman and save her from Buffalo Bill – a serial killer who skins his victims – Clarice Sterling, a young and intelligent FBI agent, consults Dr. Hannibal Lecter – respected psychiatrist-turned psychopath cannibal. Their twisted relationship forces Clarice to confront her own demons before she faces off with a real-life incarnation of evil.

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To mark the novel’s 25th anniversary, The Silence of the Lambs contained an extended introduction where writer Thomas Harris revealed his real-life inspiration for the famed gourmet cook-slash-cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. He met a Mexican surgeon by the name of Alfredo Ballí Treviño at the Topo Chico Penitentiary while working on a story for an American pulp fiction magazine. He learned of the inmate while interviewing another inmate, Dykes Askew Simmons’s botched escape that left him bleeding from a gunshot wound, but the doctor saved him by treating the wound. Treviño matched Lecter’s penchant for enjoying the finer things and dressing well. He was described to sport light-colored suits, white shoes, dark shades, and a golden Rolex. The convicted surgeon served 20 years in prison and was released in 2000 when his sentence was commuted. He continued his medical practice once he got out.

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The Silence of the Lambs is the thrilling horror film by Jonathan Demme featuring Hannibal the Cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who is portrayed by Anthony Hopkins. Adapted from the 1988 novel by Thomas Harris, the film also includes Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, and Anthony Heald. Upon its release on February 14, 1999, the film became the 5th highest-grossing film of that year, earning a box office gross of $272.7 million. It is also highly regarded by critics, film directors, and film audiences as one of the greatest and most influential films of all time. A sequel titled Hannibal followed shortly after in 2001, with two prequels being released some years after Red Dragon and Hannibal Rising.