A psychopath nicknamed Buffalo Bill is murdering women across the Midwest. Believing it takes one to know one, the FBI sends Agent Clarice Starling (Foster) to interview a demented prisoner who may provide clues to the killer's actions. That prisoner is psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins), a brilliant, diabolical cannibal who agrees to help Starling only if she'll feed his morbid curiosity with details of her own complicated life. As their relationship develops, Starling is forced to confront not only her own hidden demons, but also an evil so powerful that she may not have the courage or strength to stop it!
-Inside the Labyrinth: Making of The Silence of the Lambs
-The Silence of the Lambs: Page to Screen (2 Part Documentary)
-Jonathan Demme & Jodie Foster (3 Part Documentary)
-Scoring the Silence
-Original 1991 Making Of Featurette
-Anthony Hopkins Phone Message
-Other MGM Trailers
Cast & Crew
Main attraction: the intellectual tug-of-wills between Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.
The juiciest part is Hopkins,' and he makes the most of it. Helped by some highly dramatic lighting, actor makes the role the personification of brilliant, hypnotic evil, and the screen jolts with electricity whenever he is on.
It's a bona fide classic of its kind.
The Silence of the Lambs is pop film making of a high order. It could well be the first big hit of the year.
For all the unbridled savagery on display, what is shrewd, significant and finally hopeful about Silence of the Lambs is the way it proves that a movie can be mercilessly scary and mercifully humane at the same time.
A smart, restrained entertainment, it doesn't splash around in blood and hysteria.
There is little doubt that the most memorable aspect of The Silence of the Lambs is Anthony Hopkins' incomparable performance as Lecter.