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The first shot of Florence after the movie starts is the same scene as depicted in the drawing on Hannibal's cell wall Hannibal describes to Clarice in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - the Duomo, as seen from the Belvedere, in Florence, Italy.
During the scene where Hannibal is seen in his study playing the piano, on the desk to the right of the frame a book can be seen open - displaying the painting of the Red Dragon.
Though Anthony Hopkins had no official say in who would play Clarice, Ridley Scott consulted with him about the actresses he was considering. Hopkins recommended Julianne Moore, with whom he had worked on Surviving Picasso (1996).
Veteran character actor Frankie Faison has appeared in all of the first four "Hannibal" movies. He played Lieutenant Fisk in Manhunter (1986) and played Barney the asylum orderly in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002).
In Florence, where part of the movie was shot, it is possible to buy a sort of tourist guide called: "Hannibal Lecter. Visit the places of the city where he was."
After Thomas Harris finished writing the novel, he sent copies to The Silence of the Lambs (1991) principals Jonathan Demme, Jodie Foster, Ted Tally, and Anthony Hopkins for approval. The screenplay was rewritten no less than 15 times because of dissatisfaction by Demme and Foster over new character elements. In the end, neither Demme nor Foster remained with the production.
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.
The part of Mason Verger was originally offered to Christopher Reeve based on his work as a wheelchair-bound police officer in Above Suspicion (1995). Not having read the novel, Reeve showed initial interest in the role, but ultimately declined upon realizing that Verger was a quadriplegic, facially-disfigured child rapist.
According to Zeljko Ivanek, he accepted his role because he wanted to work with Ray Liotta. Ivanek introduced himself to Liotta but Liotta reminded him that they worked together before on The Rat Pack (1998). Ivanek was embarrassed that he had not remembered that.
Ridley Scott had some uncertainty with the source material. In particular, he had difficulties with the ending of the novel, in which Lecter and Starling become lovers: "I couldn't take that quantum leap emotionally on behalf of Starling. Certainly, on behalf of Hannibal-I'm sure that's been in the back of his mind for a number of years. But for Starling, no. I think one of the attractions about Starling to Hannibal is what a straight arrow she is." He also "didn't buy the book from the opera scene onwards, which became like a vampire movie." He asked Thomas Harris if he was "married to his ending". Harris said he was not, so Scott changed it.
Mason's mansion is actually the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
According to an interview with producer Martha De Laurentiis in The Guardian, Gary Oldman demanded to share star billing alongside Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore. When the producers denied him this, he threatened to quit the film but later angrily demanded to have no billing at all. During pre-production, producer Dino De Laurentiis announced Oldman's involvement at a press conference "just so we couldn't deny that he was in the movie". In the original theatrical release, Oldman is uncredited but in the VHS and DVD releases his name was added to the closing credits. However, in an interview with IGN Filmforce, Oldman told a different story stating: "[W]e thought that as I'm unofficially the man of many faces, you know, of Lee Harvey Oswald, Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), and Sid Vicious, and Ludwig van Beethoven, we thought that I would be... I'm playing the man with no face. So we just had a bit of fun with it. We thought it would be great. The man with no face and no name, and sort of do it anonymously. It's no secret that I'm in the film. We just had fun with it, really."
Anthony Hopkins wrote a screenplay for a sequel to this film, most likely titled Hannibal Ending, which would've involved Starling killing Lecter. However, this was never used.
The outdoor opera, Dante's "La Vita Nuova," which Dr. Lecter and Mr. Pazzi see in Florence, was especially composed for the movie. Composer Patrick Cassidy did not stop at the three minute part as performed in the movie, but composed an entire aria, "Vide Cor Meum."
Originally, a teaser poster released in the UK had a picture of Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) with a "skin mask" covering the right side of his face, ala the infamous escape scene in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). The poster was quickly pulled from advertisement, as it was seen as being "too shocking and disturbing" for the public.
When Gnocco (Enrico Lo Verso) is waiting for Hannibal Lecter in order to try and pick his wallet and get his fingerprints, he's standing next to a newsstand. In the background you can see a billboard for a local movie theater advertising the film Gladiator (2000), director Ridley Scott's previous film.
Claire Danes was suggested for the role of Clarice Starling by Jodie Foster.
The baby that Clarice Starling washes blood off - just after the shootout sequence - is animatronic.
Krendler's lake house with the boat dock is the same house used in What About Bob? (1991).
According to the film's cinematographer John Mathieson, three separate endings were filmed. The filmmakers, unsure as to whether the ending of Thomas Harris' novel would work for the movie, filmed three versions: one for Harris, one for producer Dino De Laurentiis, and one for director Ridley Scott.
Some of the places where the movie was filmed include places where filming hardly ever is allowed. Author Thomas Harris, while doing research for his book, got in contact with the heir of the Palazzo Capponi. For the movie this same heir allowed Ridley Scott to film the Capponi Library.
David Fincher was first slated to direct the film but dropped out.
The 500lb man-eating hogs featured in Hannibal were selected by Ridley Scott from an audition of over 6,000 other hogs. They were purchased from a farmer, Chaloem Pasak, who lives north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Hannibal asks Pazzi about being demoted from the Il Mostro case. Il Mostro was a serial killer about whom Hannibal gives clues to Pazzi. This was a subplot that was filmed but never used as it was thought to be too complicated.
When Jodie Foster declined to reprise the role of Clarice Starling, Julianne Moore beat Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Aniston, Christina Applegate, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Connelly, Kristin Davis, Cameron Diaz, Shannen Doherty, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nicole Eggert Calista Flockhart, Bridget Fonda, Teri Hatcher, Helen Hunt, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Lucy Liu, Heather Locklear, Alyssa Milano, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Brooke Shields Hilary Swank and Denise Richards for the role. Anderson fell out of the running early on when it was discovered her contract to The X-Files (1993) prohibited her from playing another FBI agent. Davis and Parker both turned down the part due to their contract to HBO's Sex and the City (1998). Flockhart declined due to her contract to Ally McBeal (1997).
Several of the extras in the movie and some minor roles in the Florence scenes were recruited by Anthony Hopkins. He also helped to secure some locales for shooting.
Dr. Lecter's Florentine alias, Dr. Fell, is taken from a rhyming epigram by 17th century English satirist Thomas Brown: "I do not love thee, Dr. Fell; The reason why I cannot tell. But this alone I know full well: I do not love thee, Dr. Fell." The alias is also a reference to the "Silence of the Lambs" book where Jame Gumb, a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, lived in Fell Street. Dr. Fell could also be a reference to the 1979 play "I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell" by Irish playwright Bernard Farrell which parodies American psychobabble. Or it could refer to the earlier movie Room to Let (1950) where a new tenant in 1904 London named Dr. Fell is suspected by his neighbors of being the infamous Jack The Ripper.
The music during the opening credits is "Aria da Capo" from Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations, as being played by Glenn Gould, a tape of which was playing while Lecter killed the two guards in Tennessee in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) (although performed by Jerry Zimmerman).
After years of being actively involved in getting this sequel made during no less than 15 drafts of the screenplay, Jodie Foster, ultimately declined to participate in the sequel. She issued a statement at the time (clearly to no benefit of the film) saying "I had been offered more money than ever in my entire career to make this film. But who cares if it betrays Clarice, who has become like a person to me, in the end." Ironically, Foster had to fight tooth and nail for years to land the role of Clarice in the original.
Around 9 minutes in the movie, during the market scene, a sign can be seen atop a market stand, shortly, that later reappears for a longer period; It is the name of a fish-stand; Chesapeake Seafoods. Dr. Lecter was known as the "Chesepeake Ripper."
Actual North Carolina State Troopers were used for the filming. They can be seen both in the search of the Verger home and driving their cruisers.
The Italian servant in the Sardinia scene is actually the onsite painter with work clothes on, not a costume. The painter was working on adding cement to the fountain in the courtyard and had the half sheet on to keep cement off her clothes. When Director Ridley Scott came through to do the phone call scene... they added her as the servant because she looked like authentic. Lines were given but due to painter's southern accent, the decision was made to have no dialogue from her. Also most of crew ended up being used all over the film, for example, the tattooed fish market girl is also the set dresser.
In the opening credits of the film you can make out the face of Anthony Hopkins being formed by pigeons until the end of the credits when you can clearly see his face.
Chronologically, this is the final instalment in the Hannibal Lecter series, as Red Dragon (2002) is a prequel.
In the scene featuring the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" fugitives, the man to the right of Osama Bin Laden is James "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. - whose own criminal career was portrayed by Johnny Depp in Black Mass (2015).
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Mason Verger's mansion is also seen in Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994) as the Rich Mansion.
David Mamet's adaptation of the novel was changed entirely by Steven Zaillian. But Mamet still retained a co-writer credit, in accordance with WGA regulations.
Margot Verger (Mason's sister), Ardelia Mapp, and Dr. Doemling were all major characters removed from the film adaptation of Hannibal but some of Domeling's and Margot's dialogue ended up in the film spoken by Cordell and Mason.
If you watch the credits on the DVD all the way to the end, just before the final entry you hear Anthony Hopkins reprise the line "Ta ta, H".
In the opening montage the outline of Michelangelo's David (a statue) can be seen when Anthony Hopkins's name appears, right after the title card. The statue then recurred throughout the movie. It is famous for being a depiction of David before his battle with Goliath rather than after the hero's victory as depicted by other artists.
Hannibal Lecter's self-sourced Dean & Deluca lunch box on the aircraft at the end of the movie contains, apart from delicately-fried brains, Beluga Caviar, figs, and a bottle of 1996 Grande Vin de Chateau Phelan Segur St Estephe.
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This film was publicized as having the highest body count in a movie
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 Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).
Julianne Moore takes over the role of Clarice from Jodie Foster. Just two years before, both Moore and Foster appeared in remakes in which they took over a role from Deborah Kerr. Moore appeared in The End of the Affair (1999), and Foster appeared in Anna and the King (1999).
The scene where Dr. Lecter breaks into Paul Krendler's house and steals his mail, the address for the farm house is in Chesapeake Beach. Dr. Lecter was known as the "Chesapeake Ripper."
Ennio Coltorti, who in this movie plays Commissioner Ricci, later dubbed Harvey Keitel (Jack Crawford) for the Italian version of Red Dragon (2002).
There is a vegetarian cookbook on top of the fridge in the "dinner scene" toward the end of the movie. It's visible when Hannibal pushes Clarice against the fridge.
The film was first rated "Not under 16" in Germany. But after some test-screenings, many youth organizations and parents criticized the rating and called for a re-rating. After this re-rating by the FSK (the MPAA in Germany), it now is rated "Not under 18". Similarly, in Australia the film originally received an MA15+ classification but it was changed a week after released to R18+ due to protests, since then though the DVD and Blu-ray releases have retained the MA15+ rating.
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Tom Sizemore was cast as Krendler but dropped out for unknown reasons.
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Ray Liotta was cast after he kept running into Ridley Scott at the gym. Liotta asked Scott if he had any parts for him, and Scott immediately thought he'd be great as Krendler.
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"I make my own home be my gallows" is one of Ridley Scott's favorite lines in the movie.
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"Okey dokey" was ad-libbed by Anthony Hopkins. It became a catchphrase for Lecter.
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John Malkovich and Tim Roth were considered for Hannibal Lechter in case Anthony Hopkins didn't return.
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Anthony Hopkins and Gary Oldman had previously co-starred in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).
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Ridley Scott considered disguising Lecter - in the book, he's had plastic surgery. He decided that he didn't want Anthony Hopkins to be unrecognizable.
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In the scene in the Italian police station, when Clarice is on the phone to Agent Benetti, the football match on TV behind Benetti is the 2000 English FA Cup final, Chelsea vs. Aston Villa. Aston Villa striker Julian Joachim is seen in the close-up. Chelsea won 1-0.
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On the Director's Commentary track at around 52 minutes, director Ridley Scott talks about the character Hannibal probably using marijuana or opium. Ridley says "needless to say, I don't do either of those, er..., they're too much for me".
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The dollar serial numbers are the same for at least three bills: G16134024A.
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The phone number, for the $3,000,000 Hannibal Lecter reward, on the FBI web site is listed as 1-212-555-0118. Once Pazzi calls this number, he is referred to a lawyer in Geneva, whose number is 004123317. Either the first or last digit is not heard.
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According to Ridley Scott, Barney would take things out of Lecter's cell while he was taking a walk outside.
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Ivano Marescotti (Carlo) was in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), also about a killer in Italy.
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Dino De Laurentiis visited Ridley Scott on the set of Gladiator (2000) to offer him the job of directing the film. Scott misunderstood which Hannibal he meant, thinking De Laurentiis was speaking of the general and historical figure from Carthage who nearly brought down the Roman Empire back around 200 B.C., so he replied: "Basically, Dino, I'm doing a Roman epic right now. I don't wanna do elephants coming over the Alps next, old boy."
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Ridley Scott cast Giancarlo Giannini after being impressed with his performance in Swept Away (1974).
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Cinematographer John Mathieson also worked with Ridley Scott on Gladiator (2000) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005).
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The movie was filmed in almost a hundred locations in D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, and Italy.
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The Italian library scenes were filmed in Palazzo Capponi, which has books going all the way back to the Crusades. Thomas Harris was a friend of the building's owner and got the rights to film there.
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The carousel scene is a homage to The Third Man (1949), one of Ridley Scott's favorite movies.
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Ridley Scott had never filmed in Florence before this."It was kind of organized chaos - traffic control was difficult and [it was] the height of tourist season."
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Gary Oldman spent five hours a day in the makeup chair to become Verger.
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Julianne Moore is afraid of cows. She said her scene with cows scared her more than anything else in the movie.
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Julianne Moore spent some time at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA researching her role.
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Julianne Moore learned how to handle a gun from FBI agent Melissa Thomas, who was a consultant on the movie.
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The boars ate gelatin-skinned replicas of the two Sardinians; chicken was stuffed inside.
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The fish market was a set built by production designer Norris Spencer.
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The largest of the Russian boars was actually around 770 pounds.
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The carousel was moved from another location and reassembled inside Union Station.
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Makeup designer Greg Cannom based Verger's look on a fetus.
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Gary Oldman based Verger's voice on Katharine Hepburn.
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Ridley Scott compared working with the pigs to working with the tigers in Gladiator (2000) - "Pigs are trainable, whereas tigers aren't."
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In 2013 there was a news story from Italy where a gangster fed his rival alive to pigs. Many media stories compared this to the scene the film.
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Ridley Scott read the 560-page novel in three sittings. He compared adapting it to a jigsaw puzzle.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the novel's ending, Clarice joins Hannibal in dining on Paul Krendler's brain, and accepts his desire for them to become lovers. The novel also reveals that Hannibal's cannibalism stems from his childhood trauma of seeing his sister murdered and eaten by starving Nazis. Ridley Scott admitted that he didn't like the psychological explanation of Hannibal's actions and rejected it from the script.
The idea of eating a living person's brain as punishment is a reference to Dante's Inferno where Count Ugolino does this to Archbishop Ruggieri in hell. This makes sense because Lecter/Fell is depicted as Dante Alighieri expert in this movie.
In the book, Mason Verger died when his sister shoved a moray eel down his throat. As this ending was considered radically violent, the character of Verger's sister was written out of the final screenplay, and Verger's death altered to take place in the wild boar scene. The moray eel, however, does make a brief appearance in a scene between Verger and Clarice.
A special animatronic puppet of Ray Liotta was used for some parts of the brain-eating scene. Liotta himself has said that he's not sure exactly which shots are actually him or the puppet.
Ray Liotta actually ate dark chicken meat during the "brain-eating scene."
Sheep entrails from a local butcher shop were used for Pazzi's disembowelment scene.
During the brain-eating sequence there is a small boar's-head trophy mounted on the wall just above and behind Ray Liotta; another reference to the pig massacre scene.
In the scene where Pazzi washes the blood off of his hands at the fountain, the statue that the water comes out of is a reference to the pigs used in the "pig-massacre" scene.
Anthony Hopkins was asked in an interview on the subject of whether or not he believed the idea of Starling and Lecter heading off into the sunset as lovers (as happens in the book). "Yes, I did. Other people found that preposterous. I suppose there's a moral issue there. I think it would have been a very interesting thing though. I think it would have been very interesting had she gone off, because I suspected that there was that romance, attachment there, that obsession with her. I guessed that a long time ago, at the last phone call to Clarice, at the end of SotL, she said, 'Dr. Lecter, Dr. Lecter...'."
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When inspector Pazzi washes his hands, after the death of the pocket thief, the water comes out of a statue of the same type of tusked pig, as the ones later killing Mason Verger.
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Australia received an MA15+ rating, but the film was edited within first week of cinema release (2 small but distinct cuts were made - One small edit and removal of frames during the shoot out at the Seafood market to reduce overall impact of violence, the other was the removal of sequence of frames showing the clear dissecting of the brain of Ray Liotta.) The film was re-classified to R18+. Australian VHS, DVD and Bluray release had the R18+ rating reclassified to MA15+, but the edited cuts were not reinserted into the film. Till this day, all MA15+ versions of the film are still cut.
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Paul Krendler's brain is made of two sheep brains put together. A brain surgeon was on set through this scene to help with accuracy.
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