The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Movie Review

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1991 | Thriller, Drama, Crime
118 minutes /

User Score: 69/100

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The Silence of the Lambs Review


A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) is an American crime thriller that is based on Thomas Harris’ novel, The Silence of the Lambs (1988) which is his second novel to feature Hannibal Lecter. Hannibal is a cannibalistic serial killer and an intelligent psychiatrist. The Silence of the Lambs had a budget of $19 million and grossed over $272.7 million worldwide. Worth mentioning that this film is loosely based on the infamous Wisconsin Serial Killer, Ed Gein. The movie contains sexual references, nudity, serial killer, gross graphic images, violence, bad language, thrills, suspense, drama, action and frightening scenes. Director Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia (1993), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Rachel Getting Married (2008)) did an extraordinary job executing Ted Tally‘s (Red Dragon (2002), All the Pretty Horses (2000), The Juror (1996)) screenplay.

The Silence of the Lambs revolves around Clarice Starling, who is a young FBI trainee interviewing/seeking advice from cannibalistic imprisoned serial killer Dr. Lecter so that she can capture another serial killer. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn - The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Training Day (2001), The Bourne Legacy (2012)) works for the Bureau’s Behavioral Science Unit. Jack assigned Clarice Starling ( Jodie Foster - Panic Room (2002), Elysium (2013), Inside Man (2006)) to interview Hannibal Lecter, who is an incarcerated cannibalistic serial killer and a former psychiatrist. Clarice needs information from Hannibal, who is incarcerated at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane so that she can find a serial killer nicknamed Buffalo Bill. Buffalo Bill loves to skin his female victims. It did not take for long for Hannibal ( Anthony Hopkins - Hannibal (2001), Thor (2011), Red Dragon (2002), The Elephant Man (1980)) to grow furious over Clarice trying to figure him out. Hannibal gave her information about an old patient of his who turns out to be linked to Buffalo Bill.

Buffalo Bill kidnaps Catherine Martin (Brooke Smith - Interstellar (2014), In Her Shoes (2005), Series 7: The Contenders (2001)) who is a U.S. Senator’s daughter. After a series of events, Hannibal is out on the loose and the action starts as Clarice has her hand full with serial killer issues and nightmares from her childhood. With all said, this movie was exceptional that excelled in many ways. I gave this film a nine because of the few minor plot holes, goofs, and minor blemishes it had. The movie was a treat in every other possible way with above than average acting, exceptional cinematography, A+ special effects and makeup, top notch editing, and excellent dialogue.

About The Silence of the Lambs 1991

Title: The Silence of the Lambs
Original Title: Silence of the Lambs
Year: 1991
Runtime: 118 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.4/5 stars from 16 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 16
Starring: Ted Levine, Anthony Hopkins, Frankie Faison, Tracey Walter, John W. Iwanonkiw, George A. Romero, David Early, Roger Corman, Don Brockett, Daniel von Bargen, Lamont Arnold, Jodie Foster, Darla, Kasi Lemmons, Jason Menz, Lawrence T. Wrentz, Paul Lazar, Gene Borkan, Adelle Lutz, Brent Hinkley, Stuart Rudin, Scott Glenn, Brooke Smith, Anthony Heald, Obba Babatundé, Chuck Aber, Tommy Lafitte, Cynthia Ettinger, Rebecca Saxon, Lawrence A. Bonney
Writers: Thomas Harris, Ted Tally
Director: Jonathan Demme