The Silence of the Hams (1994)
"Il silenzio dei prosciutti" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Thriller  |  11 March 1994 (Italy)
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The federal agent Joe Dee Foster is currently investigating a serial killer, helped by doctor Animal who is isolated in a maximum security jail.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ezio Greggio ...
Lily Wine
Jane Wine
Det. Martin Balsam
Insp. Pete Putrid
The Ranger
Mr. Laurel
Mrs. Motel (The Mother)
Ranger's Wife
Andre Rosey Brown ...
Motorcycle Cop (as Rosey Brown)


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Slark, raving comedy.


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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though the title of the movie spoofs The Silence of the Lambs (1991), almost the entire movie is a spoof the movie Psycho (1960). Both films were inspired by Ed Gein. See more »


Joe: You know, you look better in pictures.
Detective Martin Balsam: You should see me in a bikini.
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Sung by Dennis McNeil
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Excellent comedy!
1 April 2002 | by (Sweden, Umeå) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie! it never takes a pause you just get pumped with absurd humor all the time through. Anyway many people dislike it very much, and i can understand them, this is not a movie for the average people. The humor is very special och sick! :)

So if you like unique and odd movies you should see it now!! and if you dont think you'll like it, see it anyway but be sure to stay up all night and turn it on, well sometime around 5:30 in the morning =)

Great film!

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