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 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
According to Zeljko Ivanek, he accepted his role because he wanted to work with Ray Liotta. Ivanek introduced himself to Liotta, but Liotta reminded him that they worked together before on The Rat Pack (1998). Ivanek was embarrassed that he had not remembered that. See more »
When Insp. Pazzi visits Lecter in his flat, on entering he shuts the open door behind him (making it harder for him to escape if Lecter turns violent); when Lecter approaches him he keeps his hands rooted in his pockets; finally, after the Dante lecture he stands with his back to him and allows Lecter to walk up behind him; in other words, he does everything a trained police officer would not do when alone in a confined space with a man he knows to be a high-risk prolific murderer. See more »
After the credits, we hear Lecter say "Ta ta, H.", the closing line of the post-script in his letter to Clarice. See more »
German video distributor BMG Video released two seperate DVD-editions of the film: one is the uncut FSK18 version in a double DVD set with massive extras, the other edition is a single DVD and includes only the film in a shortened (ca. 1,5 min.) FSK16 version. This edition carries the note "Cut version".
In the DVD Behind The Scenes featurette we see Hannibal actually cutting into Krendler's brain during the climactic scene, whereas in the released version only Clarice's reaction is shown.