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The Silence of the Lambs ()


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A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

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Clarice Starling
Lawrence A. Bonney ...
FBI Instructor
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Ardelia Mapp
Lawrence T. Wrentz ...
Agent Burroughs
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Jack Crawford
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Dr. Frederick Chilton
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Barney
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Friendly Psychopath
Frank Seals Jr. ...
Brooding Psychopath
Stuart Rudin ...
Miggs
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Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Maria Skorobogatov ...
Young Clarice (as Masha Skorobogatov)
Jeffrie Lane ...
Clarice's Father
Leib Lensky ...
Mr. Lang
George 'Red' Schwartz ...
Mr. Lang's Driver (as Red Schwartz)
Jim Roche ...
TV Evangelist
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Catherine Martin
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Jame Gumb
James B. Howard ...
Boxing Instructor
Bill Miller ...
Mr. Brigham
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Agent Terry
Gene Borkan ...
Oscar
Pat McNamara ...
Sheriff Perkins
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Lamar
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Dr. Akin
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Roden
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Pilcher
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'Precious' (as 'Darla')
Adelle Lutz ...
TV Anchor Woman
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TV Anchor Man (as Obba Babatunde)
George Michael ...
TV Sportscaster
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Senator Ruth Martin
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FBI Director Hayden Burke
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Paul Krendler
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Lt. Boyle
Jim Dratfield ...
Sen. Martin's Aide
D. Stanton Miranda ...
1st Reporter (as Stanton-Miranda)
Rebecca Saxon ...
2nd Reporter
Danny Darst ...
Sgt. Tate
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Officer Jacobs
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Officer Murray
Steve Wyatt ...
Airport Flirt
Alex Coleman ...
Sgt. Pembry
David Early ...
Spooked Memphis Cop
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Tall Memphis Cop (as Andre Blake)
Bill Dalzell ...
Distraught Memphis Cop (as Bill Dalzell III)
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SWAT Commander
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SWAT Communicator
Tommy Lafitte ...
SWAT Shooter (as Tommy LaFitte)
Josh Broder ...
EMS Attendant
Buzz Kilman ...
EMS Driver
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Mr. Bimmel
Lauren Roselli ...
Stacy Hubka
Lamont Arnold ...
Flower Delivery Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Hall ...
State Trooper (uncredited)
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Orderly (uncredited)
Lynette Jenkins ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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Autopsy Victim (uncredited)
Jason Menz ...
Orderly (uncredited)
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FBI Agent (uncredited)
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FBI Agent in Memphis (uncredited)
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Benjamin Raspail (Head in a Jar) (uncredited)
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Prison Guard (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jonathan Demme

Written by

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Thomas Harris ... (novel)
 
Ted Tally ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Grace Blake ... associate producer
Ron Bozman ... producer
Gary Goetzman ... executive producer
Edward Saxon ... producer
Kenneth Utt ... producer

Music by

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Howard Shore

Cinematography by

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Tak Fujimoto ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Craig McKay ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Trish Breganti ... post-production assistant
Lisa Bromwell ... associate editor
Sam Bruskin ... post-production assistant
Lynn Cassaniti ... apprentice film editor
Nzingha Clarke ... apprentice film editor
Priscilla Fleischman ... post-production assistant
David Kirkman ... apprentice film editor
David Orr ... color timer
Colleen Sharp ... first assistant editor
Alice Stone ... second assistant editor

Casting By

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Howard Feuer

Production Design by

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Kristi Zea

Art Direction by

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Tim Galvin

Set Decoration by

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Karen O'Hara

Costume Design by

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Colleen Atwood

Makeup Department

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Alan D'Angerio ... hair styles designer
Carl Fullerton ... special makeup effects creator
Neal Martz ... special makeup effects creator
Allen Weisinger ... makeup creator
Todd Kleitsch ... special effects makeup lab assistant (uncredited)

Production Management

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Marshall Persinger ... post-production supervisor
Kenneth Utt ... unit production manager
Larry Jackson ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Ron Lynch ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ron Bozman ... first assistant director
Gina Maria Leonetti ... second second assistant director (as Gina Leonetti)
Kyle McCarthy ... second assistant director
Steve Rose ... additional first assistant director

Art Department

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Francine Byrne ... art department coordinator
Sean Foyle ... assistant props
Eileen Garrigan ... master scenic artist
Frederika Gray ... key scenic artist
Kalina Ivanov ... storyboard artist
C.A. Kelly ... stand-by dresser
Gary Kosko ... assistant art director
Loren Levy ... assistant props
Ed Lohrer III ... set dresser
Ann Miller ... property master
Paula Payne ... stand-by scenic artist
Jim Schneider ... scene painter
Karl Shefelman ... storyboard artist
Diana Stoughton ... assistant set decorator (as Diana L. Stoughton)
Kenneth Turek ... set dresser (as Ken Turek)
Edward West ... set dresser
Natalie Wilson ... assistant art director
S. Bruce Wineinger ... construction coordinator
Vincent Borrelli ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Chris Call ... painter (uncredited)
Thomas J. Garrigan ... props (uncredited)
Smith Harper Hutchings ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Brick Mason ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Kimberly Weeks ... buyer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Ron Bochar ... fx editor
David Boulton ... a.d.r. recordist
Missy Cohen ... apprentice sound editor
Randall Coleman ... assistant a.d.r. editor
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Kay Denmark ... a.d.r. boom operator
William Docker ... apprentice sound editor (as Bill Docker)
Tom Fleischman ... re-recording mixer
John Fundus ... sound recordist
Brian Johnson ... assistant sound editor
Frank Kern ... foley editor
Stuart Levy ... apprentice sound editor
Skip Lievsay ... sound designer
Marissa Littlefield ... dialogue editor
Dennis Maitland II ... boom operator
Douglas Murray ... re-recordist (as Douglas L. Murray)
Christopher Newman ... production sound mixer
Bruce Pross ... foley editor
Fred Rosenberg ... dialogue editor
Anne Sawyer ... assistant sound editor
Gail Showalter ... a.d.r. editor
Alan Snelling ... recording engineer
Sean Squires ... re-recordist
Jeffrey Stern ... dialogue editor
Philip Stockton ... dialogue editor (as Phil Stockton)
Steven Visscher ... foley editor
Deborah Wallach ... a.d.r. editor
Robert F. Warren ... dolby stereo consultant
Shari Johanson ... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Jörg Klinkenberg ... foley artist: post-production (uncredited)

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Dwight Benjamin-Creel ... special effects

Stunts

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Michael Cassidy ... stuntman (as Mike Cassidy)
Walter Robles ... stuntman (as Walt Robles)
John Robotham ... stunt coordinator
George P. Wilbur ... stuntman (as George Wilbur)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Richard Aversa ... grip
Michael F. Burke ... electrician (as Mike Burke)
Ken Connors ... best boy electric (as Kenny Conners)
Ed DeCort ... electrician
Peter Demme ... electrician
John Donohue ... dolly grip
Russell Engels ... gaffer (as Rusty Engels)
Larry Huston ... additional camera assistant
Tony C. Jannelli ... camera operator (as Tony Jannelli)
Roswell Jones ... electrician
Jay Levy ... additional camera assistant
Mick Lohrer ... grip
Bruce MacCallum ... first assistant camera
Larry McConkey ... steadicam operator
Billy Miller ... key grip (as Bill Miller)
Matt Miller ... grip
Tom O'Halloran ... second assistant camera
Brian S. Osmond ... camera trainee (as Brian Osmond)
James Petri ... electrician
Calvin Price ... grip
Ken Regan ... still photographer
Howard Weiner ... video engineer
David Knox ... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Steven Search ... cam-remote tech (uncredited)
Mark Streapy ... aerial camera operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Donna Belajac ... additional casting: Pittsburgh
Staci A. Blagovich ... extras casting: Pittsburgh (as Staci Blagovich)
Dennis Osborne ... casting associate (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mark Burchard ... wardrobe supervisor
Kathleen Gerlach ... assistant costume designer
Hartsell Taylor ... wardrobe supervisor
Benjamin Wilson ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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John Crowder ... location coordinator: Washington DC
Gus Holzer ... location coordinator: Bimini, Bahamas
Annie Loeffler ... locations
Michael McCue ... locations (as Mike McCue)
Neri Kyle Tannenbaum ... location manager
Brian Hartman ... location scout (uncredited)
John Marston ... location projectionist: Washington D.C. (uncredited)

Music Department

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Sharon Boyle ... music supervisor
Susan Demskey-Horiuchi ... assistant music editor (as Sue Demskey)
Homer Denison ... orchestrator
Suzana Peric ... music editor
Nic Ratner ... assistant music editor
Peter Fuchs ... assistant music recording engineer (uncredited)
Quincy Z. Gunderson ... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Natasha Kinne ... playback singer (uncredited)
Dana Sano ... music coordinator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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John Leonidas ... transportation captain
Dennis Radesky ... transportation co-captain
Denny Caira ... transportation coordinator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Judy Arthur ... unit publicist
Jeffrey T. Barabe ... production assistant (as Jeffrey Barabe)
Monica Bielawski ... production assistant
Andre B. Blake ... production assistant (as Andre Blake)
Lisa Bradley ... assistant production coordinator
Katie Clarke ... accounting assistant
Vicki Dee Rock ... production auditor
Leanore G. Drogin ... assistant moth wrangler and stylist
Richard Ericson ... dialect consultant
Robin Fajardo ... assistant: Mr. Utt
Richard Fishwick ... craft service
Becky Gibbs ... production assistant
Paul Giorgi ... stage manager
Teri Hanson ... production assistant
Thomas A. Imperato ... financial representative
Mary A. Kelly ... continuity
Patricia LaMagna ... assistant: Ms. Foster (as Pat LaMagna)
Sally Love ... entomological consultant
Ann F. Markel ... accounting assistant (as Ann Markel)
Maria Alaina Mason ... production assistant (as Maria Mason)
Kevin McLeod ... special production assistant
Raymond A. Mendez ... moth wrangler and stylist
Cristie Miele ... dog trainer (as Christie Miele)
Walt Oggier ... police consultant (as Walter 'O.J.' Oggier)
Paula Oliver ... production assistant
Paula Payne ... special drawings
Lucas Platt ... assistant: Mr. Demme
Ben Ramsey ... production assistant
John E. Rawlins ... entomological consultant (as John E. Rawlins PhD)
Andrew Sands ... assistant production coordinator
Steve Shareshian ... assistant production auditor (as Steven Shareshian)
Alison Sherman ... assistant production coordinator
Valerie Thomas ... assistant: Mr. Saxon
Dianne Ulan ... production assistant (as Iane Ulan)
'Buz' Wasler ... production assistant
Gina White ... production assistant
Hyle White ... production assistant
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. ... dailies coordinator (uncredited)
Steffany Hannan ... body double (uncredited)
Alan Jacques ... projectionist (uncredited)
Dominic Marcus ... adr supporting artist (uncredited)
Catherine Marie McDonald ... set production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Matthew Myers ... production intern (uncredited)
Steve Parys ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jonathan Sheinberg ... Head of Production Orion Pictures (uncredited)

Thanks

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James Deeth ... the producers wish to thank: pilot
John Douglas ... the producers wish to thank
Jeff Senour ... the producers wish to thank: pilot
Edward F. Sobota ... the producers wish to thank: Beechcraft provided by
Mark Streapy ... the producers wish to thank: camera operator
Robert Vogt ... the producers wish to thank: technician
George Walden ... the producers wish to thank: Albert G. Ruben Insurance Co.
Roberta Weissburg ... the producers wish to thank: Breakdown Leathers
Trey Wilson ... dedicated to
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, while trying to hide/put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew, would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After graduation, she aspires to work in the agency's Behavioral Science Unit under the leadership of Jack Crawford. While she is still a trainee, Crawford asks her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist imprisoned, thus far, for eight years in maximum security isolation for being a serial killer who cannibalized his victims. Clarice is able to figure out the assignment is to pick Lecter's brains to help them solve another serial murder case, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill, who has so far killed five victims, all located in the eastern US, all young women who are slightly overweight (especially around the hips), all who were drowned in natural bodies of water, and all who were stripped of large swaths of skin. She also figures that Crawford chose her, as a woman, to be able to trigger some emotional response from Lecter. After speaking to Lecter for the first time, she realizes that everything with him will be a psychological game, with her often having to read between the very cryptic lines he provides. She has to decide how much she will play along, as his request in return for talking to him is to expose herself emotionally to him. The case takes a more dire turn when a sixth victim is discovered, this one from who they are able to retrieve a key piece of evidence, if Lecter is being forthright as to its meaning. A potential seventh victim is high profile Catherine Martin, the daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, which places greater scrutiny on the case as they search for a hopefully still alive Catherine. Who may factor into what happens is Dr. Frederick Chilton, the warden at the prison, an opportunist who sees the higher profile with Catherine, meaning a higher profile for himself if he can insert himself successfully into the proceedings. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Brilliant. Cunning. Psychotic. In his mind lies the clue to a ruthless killer. - Clarice Starling, FBI. Brilliant. Vulnerable. Alone. She must trust him to stop the killer. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Silence of the Lambs (United States)
  • Le silence des agneaux (France)
  • Das Schweigen der Lämmer (Germany)
  • El silenci dels anyells (Spain, Catalan title)
  • El silencio de los corderos (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Box Office

Budget $19,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $13,766,814, 15 Feb 1991
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $272,742,922

Did You Know?

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Trivia In preparation for his role, Sir Anthony Hopkins studied files of serial killers. Also, he visited prisons, and studied convicted murderers, and was present during some court hearings concerning gruesome murderers and serial killings. See more »
Goofs When Catherine Martin drives into the parking area, the killer looks right into the headlights of her car while wearing night-vision goggles, but he isn't blinded. Goggles of that time might have been permanently damaged. Newer goggles have automatic protection mechanisms. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into A-Z of Horror (1997). See more »
Soundtracks American Girl See more »
Crazy Credits After the Copyright notice and MPAA logo, a logo appears with the text "A Luta Continua". This is not a production company credit; instead, it's Portuguese for "The Struggle Continues" ("To be continued"). See more »
Quotes Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
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