The Silence of the Lambs

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

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

  • 97
    Mr. Showbiz

    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

  • 90
    Duane ByrgeThe Hollywood Reporter

    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

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Awards

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