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Hannibal (2001)

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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.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

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
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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The world's most deliciously evil gentleman is back! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Gary Oldman isn't featured in the opening credits, despite being the film's main antagonist. It isn't until the closing credits that he is billed third behind Sir Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore. Rather than reveal the actor's identity, Ridley Scott chose to showcase the impressive prosthetic work and leave the audience wondering who was underneath the intense makeup. Gary Oldman himself didn't begin press on the film until after its release, in order to maintain secrecy. See more »

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When Pazzi checks on his cash reward at the bank, all of the $100 bills that show serial numbers are all the same number. See more »

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Hannibal Lecter: Are You confused?
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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 »

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 »


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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 - II. Scherzo
Written by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (as Felix Mendelssohn)
Played during the opening scene in the concert hall
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Doesn't come close to the quality of the original, but Anthony Hopkins's performance saves the movie. *** (out of four)
15 February 2001 | by Movie-12See all my reviews

HANNIBAL / (2001) *** (out of four)

By Blake French:

Some movies are born to inspire sequels but "The Silence of The Lambs" is a movie that does not need a sequel. The Academy Award winning thriller earned ubiquitous critical acclaim, therefore a continuation is nearly incapable of living up to its standards. To make things worse for the highly anticipated sequel "Hannibal," the original film's director and main star bailed out, leaving Ridley Scott ("Gladiator") and Julianne Moore ("Magnolia") filling their places in the credits. It is hard to imagine how this movie could possibly succeed. But the exceptionally beautiful filmmaking, strong performances, intriguing story, and moody atmosphere provoke more nail-biting moments than most thrillers these days.

The story of "Hannibal" does not compare with "The Silence of the Lambs." It replaces tension-filled sequences of psychological terror with scenes featuring some of the most grotesque images and realistic gore to ever make its mark on the big screen. This film relies heavily on the shock factor of such extreme graphic violence, although such content is never excessive or relentless. It has perfect timing. The sheer presence of Anthony Hopkins, in another horrific and career defining performance, often creates enough terror for several movies. "Hannibal" knows that and frequently gives the character more freedom than he had in he first film. But I am not so sure that is a good thing; is it more terrifying listening to Hannibal Lecter discuss his disgusting actions or to actually see him perform such disturbing behaviors?

The film takes place ten years after FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster then, Julianne Moore now) interviewed convicted mass murdering cannibal Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) while searching for another disturbed killer. Present day: Clarice is involved with a drug bust shoot-out that leaves many dead. Justice Dept. Official Paul Krendler (Ray Liotta), is about to punish her when she gets a call from a the unrecognizably deformed surviving victim of an attack by Lecter. His name is Mason Verge (Gary Oldman), a wealthy recluse who asks that Starling be placed back on the case of the Cannibal, who has been on the loose for ten years.

The movie investigates a lot more than Clarice's experiences with Hannibal Lecter. The script actually consists of two separate stories, one detailing the revenge scheme of Mason, whom is still angry with Lecter after he caused the removal of his face and partial paralysis. The other takes place in Italy, where an inspector named Rinaldo Pazzi (Giancarlo Giannini) is out to claim a multimillion dollar reward for providing authorities with proper evidence leading to the arrest of a local, who turns out to be none other than Lecter himself. Obviously this man does not know what he is in for, and ends up losing his cuts for the money…literally.

Parallel stories are always interesting, but are easily sidetracked with certain characters and or events. What keeps this movie intriguing is the consistent focus on Lector; everything in the story seems to revolve around him. Then again, "Hannibal" is also quite pointless because it solves nothing. Without giving away the ending, I will say that we are once again left pondering about Lecter. Most any movie that provokes thoughts is worth seeing, but "Hannibal" forgets the first film, takes a stand on its own, and once again sets us up for another unnecessary follow-up.

The most apparent conflict many audiences with have with "Hannibal" is the absence of Jodie Foster. Julianne Moore is most definitely a capable and challenging actress, and plays the role of Starling with exuberance and clarity. But Foster is simply better in the role and we miss her dearly. Anthony Hopkins saves the movie; the actor is so intense and grisly in his subtle and classy manner, he once again qualifies as an award nominee. Thank goodness he returned for the role; without Hopkins, "Hannibal" would be nothing but underdone carnage.


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Release Date:

9 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Silence of the Lambs 2 See more »

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Virginia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$87,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,003,121, 11 February 2001

Gross USA:

$165,092,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$351,692,268
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