A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.
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
Dr. Hannibal Lecter's Florentine alias, Dr. Fell, is taken from a rhyming epigram by seventeenth century English satirist Thomas Brown: "I do not love thee, Dr. Fell; The reason why, I cannot tell. But this alone I know full well: I do not love thee, Dr. Fell." The alias is also a reference to "The Silence of the Lambs" novel, where Jame Gumb (Buffalo Bill) lived on Fell Street. Dr. Fell could also be a reference to the 1979 play "I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell" by Irish playwright Bernard Farrell, which parodies American psychobabble, or it could refer to Room to Let (1950), where a new tenant in 1904 London, named Dr. Fell, is suspected by his neighbors of being the infamous Jack the Ripper. See more »
Immediately after Lecter begins to subdue Pazzi, their shadows are shown against the screen upon which Lecter was displaying his slides for his presentation. Since the projector at the back of the room was the source of the image on the screen, their shadows should have hidden the underlying portions of the image but those portions are clearly still visible, probably from a rear-screen projector. See more »
When the fox hears the rabbit scream he comes a-runnin'... but not to help.
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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 »
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 »
I was pleasantly surprised by Ridley Scott's "Hannibal" given that the movie is based on the horrible book which I more than dislike. I see a writer as a God - he creates by the power of his imagination the new worlds and populates them with his creatures. Once, he created the world, he should give his characters free will; they should act by the logic of their personalities not by their creator's sheer caprice. What Harris did in "Hannibal" is unspeakable - he just showed his fans how much he despised them. Actually, he did two things wrong - the ending and his attempt to explain Hannibal, to look behind the mask. The film comparing to the book has several redeeming values: visually, it is a stunning work of a great director. I am yet to see Florence, the celebrated City of Flowers as dark, dangerous, and anti-tourist as in "Hannibal". Second, the movie did not try to "explain" Hannibal, to get inside his head and understand him. Harris attempted in the book to give us the reasons why Hannibal was what he was - it was weak and laughable. If he chose to present Hannibal as some sort of supernatural creature with almost animals' instincts, he should've left him as an eternal mystery. The best description of Hannibal belongs to Clarice. When asked, "Is it true what they're sayin', he's some kinda vampire?" - she replied, "They don't have a name for what he is". And finally, the film avoided the literally vomit-inducing, absurd, irrational, obnoxious slap in face book's ending - for this alone I think "Hannibal" is a very decent movie and a lot of fun.
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