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Hannibal (2001)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  9 February 2001 (USA)
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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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His genius UNDENIABLE. His evil UNSPEAKABLE. His name... HANNIBAL. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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  »

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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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Did You Know?


Originally, it was hoped that this film would re-unite the principal players from The Silence of the Lambs (1991). It turned out that only Anthony Hopkins and Frankie Faison returned for this film. However, it turned out to be a reunion for Hopkins anyway, as he had previously worked with Julianne Moore in Surviving Picasso (1996) and Gary Oldman in Dracula (1992). See more »


When Hannibal is reading newspaper headlines propped up on his piano, one of them purports to be from Washington, D.C. However, the headline uses the British phrasing, "Drugs Bust," instead of the American "Drug Bust," giving away the true source of the printed prop. See more »


Hannibal Lecter: People don't always tell you what they are thinking. They just see to it that you don't advance in life.
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Crazy Credits

As the opening credits end, Hannibal's face can be seen in the formation of pigeons on the ground before they fly away. See more »


Referenced in Skull & Bones (2007) See more »


Written and Performed by Clay Duncan and James O'Leary
Courtesy of Claybirds Music
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Its very good, so see it on the big screen.
20 February 2001 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

I haven`t been affected this much by a movie in years, so that must be considered good value for money. The controversial gore scene towards the end made myself, and the majority of the audience, flinch, scream and nervously giggle simultaneously (a feel good/feel bad movie rolled into one!).

Having never read the original book I took the film at face value. It is beautifully filmed by a talented director and crew, and features lovely Italian location scenes which contrast with the grim plot. The acting is mainly excellent. Hopkins character appears creepier due to him beginning to resemble a kindly grandad, who suddenly turns and eats your brain. Julianne Moore`s excellent Clarice vaguely reminded me of Ripley, the star of Ridley Scotts masterpiece Alien. At worst, the rest of the cast were well above average.

The film had me captivated with its style, twisty plot, acting and gore. I found myself slightly rooting for the baddie Hannibal at some points, something I haven`t experienced since my empathy for evil Alex in A Clockwork Orange. If people find the deaths of some characters predictable, then maybe Scott has directed well in projecting Hannibal`s approach and morality.

This is the sort of big budget horror film movie-goers have been waiting for, so go see it on the large screen before its too late! Okay, it is not the same as Silence, so what? Ten years have passed and things have changed. I`ve heard the book is better. Well, I may now read it, but in the meantime I have enjoyed an excellent, thought provoking Film Of The Year!

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