Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, while trying to hide/put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew, would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After graduation, she aspires to work in the agency's Behavioral Science Unit under the leadership of Jack Crawford. While she is still a trainee, Crawford asks her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist imprisoned, thus far, for eight years in maximum security isolation for being a serial killer who cannibalized his victims. Clarice is able to figure out the assignment is to pick Lecter's brains to help them solve another serial murder case, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill, who has so far killed five victims, all located in the eastern US, all young women who are slightly overweight (especially around the hips), all who were drowned in natural bodies of water, and all who were stripped of large swaths of skin. She also figures that Crawford chose ... Written by
Michelle Pfeiffer was Jonathan Demme's first choice to play Clarice Starling, after the two worked on Married to the Mob (1988), becoming close collaborators. After a long "courting" period of Demme in pursuit, and Pfeiffer considering playing the role, she ultimately turned it down, as she thought the film to be too dark and violent. See more »
In reality, Clarice would not have been allowed to go see Dr. Lecter alone, as trainees must have a trained agent with them on interviews. See more »
Silence of the lambs is a masterpiece you cannot miss. 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 genius 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 of a serial killer called Buffalo Bill,that murders and skins his victims,and that Starling as an attractive young woman,may be just the bait to make him help with the case.
Silence of the lambs is only the third film in history to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories:Best Picture,Best Actor,Best Actress,Best Director,and Adapted Screenplay and that implies something about it's quality as a film.
The direction is marvelous,as the film has the audience from the beginning till the end on the edge of their seats,especially towards the end with a lot of perfectly crafted suspenseful and thrilling moments,until the amazing climax of the film.
The performances are also incredible.Jodie Foster as Clarice is absolutely brilliant,and Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal the cannibal gives a chilling and memorable performance.Both the actors gave amazing and memorable performances that will stay in film history forever.
In conclusion,this film is an absolute must see and classic,especially for those who like suspenseful and thriller films,but also for those who don't it is a film experience that absolutely cannot be missed!
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