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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Ten years ago he could get to you from behind the glass. On Feb 9th, he's out. HANNIBAL See more »

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

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9 February 2001 (USA)  »

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$87,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,402,540 (UK) (16 February 2001)

Gross:

$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 »

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As Clarice and Barney are in his apartment discussing the fact that he is dealing in Hannibal Lecter related memorabilia, he bribes her into silence by giving her a block of audio tape cassettes originally recorded by Dr Chilton while Dr Lecter was an inmate at his asylum. However, in The Silence of the Lambs, we see Dr Chilton eavesdropping and recording an actual conversation between agent Starling and Hannibal, yet we see him holding what appears to be a miniature reel-to-reel audio recording unit, which does not use the type of cassettes we see Barney in possession of. Strictly speaking, a reel-to-reel and cassettes are similar in format and mechanics, but there is a large visual difference between the tapes that we see Barney giving Clarice in Hannibal and the tape that we saw actually recording the conversation. See more »

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Mason Verger: I guess you wish now that you fed the rest of me to the dogs
Hannibal Lecter: No Mason. No I much prefer you the way you are.
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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 »

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VIDE COR MEUM
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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Good, but not great
12 February 2001 | by (location, location.) – See all my reviews

Anthony Hopkins gave an impeccable performance. However, the material he was given to work with was not as good as Silence of the Lambs. In fairness, perhaps there was no way it could be. In SOTL, he was somehow more foreboding, more of a sort of superhuman monster; in Hannibal, he's more accessible, a guy you meet on the street. Maybe it was impossible to maintain the mystery of Lecter that we saw in SOTL because of the risk of doing a rehash. I'd give the overall Dr Lecter character a 9 of 10 in this film, vs. a 10 of 10 in the last one. Not quite as good, but still very good.

Starling's character, on the other hand, fell flat in this film. In SOTL, Foster perfectly portrayed Starling's flat surface with a turbulent depth; in Hannibal, there was nothing under her surface. Foster's Clarice evoked feelings of sympathetic grief, Moore's Clarice evoked nothing. I do not necessarily blame Moore, this could be due to writing and/or directing. Obviously, though SOTL focused mainly on Starling's character, Hannibal focuses on, well, Hannibal. Still, that's no excuse for what was done to Starling. Her character gets a 3 of 10.

The story was much weaker in Hannibal than in SOTL. It almost seemed like an excuse to present us with the characters, rather than a story in and of itself. Still, it had no other major flaws, so it gets a 6 of 10.

Now, there's another category I'll call the shock factor. It's different than ordinary gore, it's... creative gore. The sick, disgusting depravity we expect to see and like to see in this type of film. I can't go into detail without spoiling it, but I'll have to say it goes even beyond what I expected. Do not watch this film if you are squeamish or dislike gore. There isn't a lot of gore in the film, but what there was, was... concentrated. Shock Factor, 10 of 10.

Overall I give the film an 8 of 10. Very well done with a few weaknesses, well worth watching.


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