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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hannibal Lecter
... Clarice Starling
... Mason Verger
... Paul Krendler
... Nurse Barney (as Frankie R. Faison)
... Insp. Rinaldo Pazzi
... Allegra Pazzi
... Dr. Cordell Doemling
... Evelda Drumgo
... FBI Agent Pearsall
... FBI Asst. Director Noonan
James Opher ... DEA Agent John Eldridge
... Gnocco
Ivano Marescotti ... Carlo
... Matteo
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Storyline

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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May the silence be broken! See more »

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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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Budget:

$87,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$165,092,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$351,692,268, 30 June 2012
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Trivia

According to an interview with Producer Martha De Laurentiis in The Guardian, Gary Oldman demanded to share star billing alongside Sir 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: "We thought that as I'm unofficially the man of many faces, you know, of Lee Harvey Oswald, Dracula (1992), 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." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Mason Verger is going to have Hannibal Lecter fed to wild pigs]
Mason Verger: You will stay for the evening's entertainment, won't you, Cordell?
Cordell Doemling: If it's all the same to you, I think I'd rather not.
Mason Verger: Rather not? Or *will* not?
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Crazy Credits

As the opening credits end, Hannibal's face can be seen in the formation of pigeons on the ground before they fly away. See more »

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Featured in Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal' (2001) See more »

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BLUE DANUBE WALTZ
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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Its very good, so see it on the big screen.
20 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

I haven`t been affected this much by a movie in years, so that must be considered good value for money. The controversial gore scene towards the end made myself, and the majority of the audience, flinch, scream and nervously giggle simultaneously (a feel good/feel bad movie rolled into one!).

Having never read the original book I took the film at face value. It is beautifully filmed by a talented director and crew, and features lovely Italian location scenes which contrast with the grim plot. The acting is mainly excellent. Hopkins character appears creepier due to him beginning to resemble a kindly grandad, who suddenly turns and eats your brain. Julianne Moore`s excellent Clarice vaguely reminded me of Ripley, the star of Ridley Scotts masterpiece Alien. At worst, the rest of the cast were well above average.

The film had me captivated with its style, twisty plot, acting and gore. I found myself slightly rooting for the baddie Hannibal at some points, something I haven`t experienced since my empathy for evil Alex in A Clockwork Orange. If people find the deaths of some characters predictable, then maybe Scott has directed well in projecting Hannibal`s approach and morality.

This is the sort of big budget horror film movie-goers have been waiting for, so go see it on the large screen before its too late! Okay, it is not the same as Silence, so what? Ten years have passed and things have changed. I`ve heard the book is better. Well, I may now read it, but in the meantime I have enjoyed an excellent, thought provoking Film Of The Year!


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