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The Silence of the Hams (1994)

Il silenzio dei prosciutti (original title)
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The federal agent Joe Dee Fostar is currently investigating a serial killer, helped by doctor Animal who is isolated in a maximum security jail.


Ezio Greggio


Ezio Greggio





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ezio Greggio ... Antonio Motel
Dom DeLuise ... Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza
Billy Zane ... Jo Dee Fostar
Joanna Pacula ... Lily Wine
Charlene Tilton ... Jane Wine
Martin Balsam ... Det. Martin Balsam
Stuart Pankin ... Insp. Pete Putrid
John Astin ... The Ranger
Phyllis Diller ... Old Secretary
Bubba Smith ... Olaf
Larry Storch ... Sergeant
Rip Taylor ... Mr. Laurel
Shelley Winters ... Mrs. Motel (The Mother)
Nedra Volz ... Ranger's Wife
Andre Rosey Brown ... Motorcycle Cop (as Rosey Brown)


A rookie FBI agent, Jo Dee Foster (Billy Zane), has been assigned to work on the case of the Psycho Killer, a killer who has killed over 120 people. But to find out more about the Psycho Killer, Jo is forced to meet Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza (Dom DeLuise), a famous doctor turned cannibal who ate pizzas with human body parts. Meanwhile, Jo's girlfriend, Jane Wine (Charlene Tilton), has just stolen $400,000 in cash from her money-hungry boss, Mr. Laurel (Rip Taylor), so she and Jo can be happy, but gets lost in a really horrible storm, caused mostly by a special effects crew behind her car, and stops at the Cemetery Motel, where the owner, Antonio Motel (Ezio Greggio), is dominated by his insane mother ('Shelly Winters'). Written by Will

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Slark, raving comedy.


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More of a spoof of Psycho.
23 April 2003 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

This movies cover leads you to believe that it is a spoof of Silence of the Lambs, but the movie itself is more of a spoof of Psycho. It has a few good jokes here and there, but for the most part it is the same old gags. That is the case with most spoofs though, dumb joke after dumb joke with a gem scattered here and there. Dom Deleuise plays the Hannibal type character and that is one of the mistakes of the movie. This may be a spoof, but you still need someone with a Hopkins like demeanor. The guy who did Hannibal in "Loaded Weapon 1" was much better. Billy Zane is okay in his role as Joe Dee Foster and there are some others who do all right as well. Though it seems that every spoof has to have a cameo by someone who isn't and never has been a real star. Usually, it is Hulk Hogan or Dr. Joyce Brothers...in this one it is Rip Taylor and Bubba Smith. Is there some rule that says you have to have a cameo from one of these people if you are making a spoof? Though I thought the one scene with John Astin running up behind Billy in the bowling alley was funny...I don't know why.

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Release Date:

13 July 1994 (France) See more »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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