Living in exile, Dr. 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.


Ridley Scott


Thomas Harris (novel), David Mamet (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Hannibal Lecter
Julianne Moore ... Clarice Starling
Gary Oldman ... Mason Verger
Ray Liotta ... Paul Krendler
Frankie Faison ... Nurse Barney (as Frankie R. Faison)
Giancarlo Giannini ... Insp. Rinaldo Pazzi
Francesca Neri ... Allegra Pazzi
Zeljko Ivanek ... Dr. Cordell Doemling
Hazelle Goodman ... Evelda Drumgo
David Andrews ... FBI Agent Pearsall
Francis Guinan ... FBI Asst. Director Noonan
James Opher James Opher ... DEA Agent John Eldridge
Enrico Lo Verso ... Gnocco
Ivano Marescotti ... Carlo
Fabrizio Gifuni ... Matteo


The final chapter of the Dr. Hannibal Lecter quadrilogy, the murdering cannibal. He is presently in Italy, and works as a curator at a museum. Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore), the F.B.I. Agent who 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 (Ray Liotta) has it in for her. But she gets a reprieve because Mason Verger (Gary Oldman), 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 U.S., and the race to get Lecter begins. Written by

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Rated R for strong gruesome violence, some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Julianne Moore is afraid of cows. She said her scene with cows scared her more than anything else in the movie. See more »


(at around 1h 15 mins) When Hannibal Lecter is subduing Rinaldo Pazzi with chloroform their shadows fall on the wall but does not obscure the picture being projected. See more »


Barney: Do you ever think he might come after you? You ever think about him at all?
Clarice Starling: Well, at least thirty seconds of every day. I can't help it. He's always with me, like a bad habit.
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Crazy Credits

After fading to black, the alternate ending features a new voiceover-- Hannibal: Clarice, would you ever say to me, "Stop. If you really love me you'll stop?" Clarice: Not in a thousand years. Hannibal: Not in a thousand years? That's my girl. See more »

Alternate Versions

When the film was aired on CBS in the USA on 8 May 2004 a scene that was not in the theatrical cut of the film was added. In the scene we see Inspector Pazzi following Dr. Lecter to a perfume shop. See more »


Referenced in Cats & Dogs (2001) See more »


Goldberg Variation: No. 25 and Aria, BWV. 988
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
Courtesy of Sony Classical / The Estate of Glenn Gould, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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5 November 2008 | by ctomvelu-1See all my reviews

I wrote about HANNIBAL when it first hit TV, but having just seen it again, I figured it's worth a second visit. This time around, Hannibal Lecter (a sadly aging Tony Hopkins) is being pursued by a victim who survived Lecter's loving ministrations but is badly disfigured (an unrecognizable Gary Oldman in a flamboyant role that does not do him justice). FBI agent Clarice Starling (a miscast Julianna Moore) is in serious trouble over a bad shootout, and is being hounded by a lecherous Feeb named Krendler (Ray Liotta, also oddly miscast). An Italian detective (the wonderful if very old Giancarlo Gianini) is hot on Lecter's trail. The action swings from Italy to America. The book was a hastily written disgrace, for which I have never forgiven the author. The movie is a loose adaptation of the novel and is maybe a notch above the book in quality. What director Ridley Scott is good for is creating atmosphere. The movie is a bit slow-moving but this actually plays in its favor. Lots of shadows and eerie lighting and odd angles abound. The violence and gore are extreme for a non-horror flick, although maybe we should view this Hannibal as just a nattily attired and coiffed Jason Vorhees or Michael Myers. He kills folks brutally and nastily. Highlights, for those so inclined, include brain-eating and a close encounter with a pack of 500-lb., long-tusked, man-eating hogs. Gorehounds may feast. All others beware. This is not SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, and Jodie Foster is sorely missed.

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9 February 2001 (USA) See more »

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