The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Poster

Anthony Heald: Dr. Frederick Chilton



  • Hannibal Lecter : You still wake up sometimes, don't you? You wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the lambs.

    Clarice Starling : Yes.

    Hannibal Lecter : And you think if you save poor Catherine, you could make them stop, don't you? You think if Catherine lives, you won't wake up in the dark ever again to that awful screaming of the lambs.

    Clarice Starling : I don't know. I don't know.

    Hannibal Lecter : Thank you, Clarice. Thank you.

    Clarice Starling : Tell me his name, Doctor.

    Hannibal Lecter : Dr. Chilton, I presume. I think you know each other.

    Dr. Frederick Chilton : Okay. Let's go.

    Clarice Starling : It's your turn, Doctor.

    Dr. Frederick Chilton : Out!

    Clarice Starling : Tell me his name!

    Boyle : I'm sorry, ma'am. We've got orders. We have to put you on a plane. Come on, now.

    [Chilton and the guards start leading Clarice out] 

    Hannibal Lecter : Brave Clarice. You will let me know when those lambs stop screaming, won't you?

    Clarice Starling : Tell me his name, Doctor!

    Hannibal Lecter : Clarice, your case file. Goodbye, Clarice.

  • Dr. Frederick Chilton : I am going to show you why we insist on such precautions. On the evening of July 8th, 1981, he complained of chest pains and was taken to the dispensary. His mouthpiece and restraints were removed for an EKG. When the nurse leaned over him, he did this to her.

    [pulls out photo] 

    Dr. Frederick Chilton : The doctors managed to reset her jaw more or less. Saved one of her eyes. His pulse never got above 85, even when he ate her tongue.

  • Dr. Frederick Chilton : Do not touch the glass. Do not approach the glass. You pass him nothing but soft paper - no pencils or pens. No staples or paperclips in his paper. Use the sliding food carrier, no exceptions. If he attempts to pass you anything, do not accept it. Do you understand me?

  • Jack Crawford : Just do your job, but never forget what he is.

    Clarice Starling : And what is that?

    [cut to Clarice's first trip to the psychiatric prison] 

    Dr. Frederick Chilton : Oh, he's a monster. Pure psychopath. So rare to capture one alive. From a research point of view, Lecter is our most prized asset.

  • Dr. Frederick Chilton : We've tried to study him, of course, but he's much too sophisticated for the standard tests.

  • Dr. Frederick Chilton : Crawford is very clever, isn't he, using you?

    Clarice Starling : What do you mean, sir?

    Dr. Frederick Chilton : A pretty young woman to turn him on. I don't believe Lecter's even seen a woman in eight years. And oh, are you ever his taste. So to speak.

  • [to Clarice] 

    Dr. Frederick Chilton : You know, we get a lot of detectives here, but I must say I can't ever remember one as attractive.

  • Dr. Frederick Chilton : I keep him in here.

    Clarice Starling : If Lecter thinks you're his enemy, maybe we'd have better luck if I went in by myself.

    Dr. Frederick Chilton : You could have mentioned this in my office and saved me the time.

    Clarice Starling : Yes, but then I would have missed the pleasure of your company.

    [Chilton smiles] 

  • [referring to Clarice's deal] 

    Dr. Frederick Chilton : You still think you're going to walk on some beach and see the birdies? I don't think so. I called Senator Ruth Martin. She never heard of any deal with you. They scammed you, Hannibal.

  • Dr. Frederick Chilton : Oh my, does he hate us. Thinks I'm his nemesis.

  • Dr. Frederick Chilton : What you are doing, Miss Starling is coming into my hospital to conduct an interview, and refusing to share information with me, for the third time.

    Clarice Starling : Sir, I told you, this is just a routine follow-up on the Raspail case.

    Dr. Frederick Chilton : He is my patient. I have rights.

    Clarice Starling : I understand that, Sir.

    Dr. Frederick Chilton : Look, I am not just some turn-key, Miss Starling.

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