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Hannibal (2001)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nurse Barney (as Frankie R. Faison)
Evelda Drumgo
FBI Agent Pearsall
FBI Asst. Director Noonan
James Opher ...
DEA Agent John Eldridge
Ivano Marescotti ...


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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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 USA:

$58,003,121, 11 February 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$351,692,268, 30 June 2012
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mason's mansion is actually the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. See more »


When the letter is being read by Starling and there is a voiceover by Lecter, we see Lecter playing Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations on piano. The keys struck by Lecter and the notes we hear do not match exactly, suggesting Anthony Hopkins mimicked playing the piano for the camera. See more »


Hannibal Lecter: On a related note I must confess to you, I'm giving very serious thought... to eating your wife.
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Crazy Credits

After fading to black, the alternate ending features a new voiceover-- Hannibal: Clarice, would you ever say to me, "Stop. If you really love me you'll stop?" Clarice: Not in a thousand years. Hannibal: Not in a thousand years? That's my girl. See more »


Referenced in South Park: Scott Tenorman Must Die (2001) See more »


Written by Johann Strauss
Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (as City of Prague Philharmonic)
Courtesy of Silva Screen Records
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17 February 2001 | by 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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