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Hannibal (2001)

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Living in exile, Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced FBI agent Clarice Starling and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim.



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The continuing saga of Hannibal Lecter, the murdering cannibal. He is presently in Italy and works as a curator at a museum. Clarice Starling, the FBI agent whom he aided to apprehend a serial killer, was placed in charge of an operation but when one of her men botches it, she's called to the mat by the Bureau. One high ranking official, Paul Krendler has it in for her. But she gets a reprieve because Mason Verger, one of Lecter's victims who is looking to get back at Lecter for what Lecter did to him, wants to use Starling to lure him out. When Lecter sends her a note she learns that he's in Italy so she asks the police to keep an eye out for him. But a corrupt policeman who wants to get the reward that Verger placed on him, tells Verger where he is. But they fail to get him. Later Verger decides to frame Starling which makes Lecter return to the States. And the race to get Lecter begins. Written by

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How long can a man stay silent before he returns to the thing he does best? See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong gruesome violence, some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Silence of the Lambs 2  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$87,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$58,003,121 (USA) (9 February 2001)


$165,091,464 (USA) (3 August 2001)

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There are several Gucci products featured and promoted throughout the movie. This is due to the friendship between Julianne Moore and the designer Tom Ford, who was the creative director of Gucci at the time the movie was being filmed. See more »


On the surround audio track, as heard in cinemas, the drug bust features sounds of gunfire that don't correspond with where the shooters are standing. Also, at least once the camera angle changes and the sound effects remain in the same place. See more »


Hannibal Lecter: Clarice, what are you doing up? You should be resting. Get back to bed.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, we hear Lecter say "Ta ta, H.", the closing line of the post-script in his letter to Clarice. See more »


Written by Patrick Cassidy
Libretto taken from Dante's "La Vita Nuova"
Produced by Patrick Cassidy and Hans Zimmer
Performed by Danielle de Niese and Bruno Lazzaretti
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17 February 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Well, the deal is done. Saw it. Liked it. However.....not nearly as good as Silence. Very different effect is achieved by this film. It does almost play like an elite form of slasher movie. Like Jason with class and an education. I like Jodie and I see why she really didn't want this role. There's not a hell of a lot for Starling to do. Let's just say this- I liked it for what it is. As a stand alone film. It works on some levels. I think 2 1/2 is a good rating. I can recommend it. I even liked it. It just pales in comparison. And one can't help but compare. The characters all seem a bit shallow. Even Lecter. Some parts of this film are sooo over the top, I have to accept them as dark humor. The main thing I remember about Silence is the overwhelming feeling of dread, of sadness about the events in the film. "What does he do, this man you seek?" "He kills women." "NO, that is INCIDENTAL." Now that exchange instilled horror in me. There's just nothing like that in this film.

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