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The Silence of the Lambs Details

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In this multiple Oscar-winning thriller, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy whose shrewd analyses of serial killers lands her a special assignment: the FBI is investigating a vicious murderer nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who kills young women and then removes the skin from their bodies. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into this case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out. Lecter does indeed know something of Buffalo Bill, but his information comes with a price: in exchange for telling what he knows, he wants to be housed in a more comfortable facility. More important, he wants to speak with Clarice about her past. He skillfully digs into her psyche, forcing her to reveal her innermost traumas and putting her in a position of vulnerability when she can least afford to be weak. The film mingles the horrors of criminal acts with the psychological horrors of Lecter's slow-motion interrogation of Clarice and of her memories that emerge from it. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 13, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kenneth Utt Best Picture 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ron Bozman Best Picture 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ted Tally Best Adapted Screenplay 1991 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ted Tally Best Adapted Screenplay 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Fleischman Best Sound 1991 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jodie Foster Best Actress 1991 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jodie Foster Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jodie Foster Best Actress 1991 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Jodie Foster Best Actress 1991 Winner
National Board of Review Jonathan Demme Best Director 1991 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Jonathan Demme Silver Bear for Best Director 1991 Winner
Directors Guild of America Jonathan Demme Best Director 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jonathan Demme Best Director 1991 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Jonathan Demme Best Director 1991 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jonathan Demme David Lean Award 1991 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jonathan Demme Best Director 1991 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Hopkins Best Actor 1991 Winner
National Board of Review Anthony Hopkins Best Supporting Actor 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anthony Hopkins Best Actor 1991 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Anthony Hopkins Best Actor 1991 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Anthony Hopkins Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Christopher Newman Best Sound 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Craig McKay Best Editing 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edward Saxon Best Picture 1991 Winner

Cast

Jodie Foster
as Clarice Starling
Anthony Hopkins
as Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Scott Glenn
as Jack Crawford
Anthony Heald
as Dr. Frederick Chilton
Brooke Smith
as Catherine Martin
Ted Levine
as Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb
Diane Baker
as Senator Ruth Martin
Kasi Lemmons
as Ardelia Mapp
Charles Napier
as Lt. Boyle
George A. Romero
as FBI Agent
Jeffrie Lane
as Clarice's Father
Leib Lensky
as Mr. Lang
Chuck Aber
as Agent Terry
Jim Dratfield
as Senator Martin's Aide
Lamont Arnold
as Flower Delivery Man
Dan Butler
as Roden
Cynthia Ettinger
as Officer Jacobs
Chris Isaak
as SWAT Commander
Frank Seals, Jr.
as Brooding Psychopath
Don Brockett
as Friendly Psychopath
Buzz Kilman
as EMS Driver
Tracey Walter
as Lamar
Red Schwartz
as Mr. Lang's Driver
Gene Borkan
as Oscar
Bill Miller
as Mr. Brigham
Danny Darst
as Sgt. Tate
David Earle
as Spooked Memphis Cop
Stuart Rudin
as Miggs
Frankie R. Faison
as Barney
Obba Babatunde
as TV Anchor Man
Paul Lazar
as Pilcher
Alex Coleman
as Sgt. Pembry
Kenneth Utt
as Dr. Akin
Daniel Von Bargen
as SWAT Communicator
Bill Dalzell III
as Distraught Memphis Cop
Lauren Roselli
as Stacy Hubka
Andre B. Blake
as Tall Memphis Cop
Rebecca Saxon
as 2nd Reporter
Pat McNamara
as Sheriff Perkins
Harry Northrup
as Mr. Bimmel
Masha Skorobogatov
as Young Clarice
Tommy LaFitte
as SWAT Shooter
Adelle Lutz
as TV Anchor Woman
John Hall
as State Trooper
Chad Dowdell
as Scared Man (uncredited)
Jim Roche
as TV Evangelist
Brent Hinkley
as Officer Murray
Ron Vawter
as Paul Krendler
Howard Feuer

Crew

Jonathan Demme
Director
Kenneth Utt
Producer
Ron Bozman
Producer
Edward Saxon
Producer
Thomas Harris
Book Author
Ted Tally
Screenwriter
Tak Fujimoto
Cinematographer
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Craig McKay
Editor
Kristi Zea
Production Designer
Tim Galvin
Art Director
Grace Blake
Associate Producer
Gary Goetzman
Executive Producer
Karen O'Hara
Set Designer
Colleen Atwood
Costume Designer
Christopher Newman
Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Fleischman
Sound/Sound Designer
Howard Feuer
Casting
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