The Silence of the Lambs Poster

Release Date: February 14th, 1991

DVD Release Date: October 3rd, 1997

R|1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary
Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. 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 a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Anthony Heald, Brooke Smith, Diane Baker, Kasi Lemmons

Director: Jonathan Demme

Genres: Thriller, Crime drama

Production Co: Orion Pictures

Distributors: Orion Pictures

Keywords: Escape, Prison, Mystery, 1980s, Suspenseful, Rescue, Pursuit, Police officer, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The superbly crafted suspense thriller…slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror. show more

  • Under Jonathan Demme's masterful cinematic surgery, we get into Lecter's twisted skull and, through this outrageous descent, we come to see this sinister in the everyday. show more

  • Though the film's subject matter is grisly, the electricity between Foster and Hopkins during their prison tête-à-têtes could power every maximum-security prison in this country. show more

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Awards

Nominated Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Winner Best Actress
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Nominated Best Actor
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Directing
Nominated Sound
Winner Actress in a Leading Role