After the death of his parents during World War II, young Hannibal Lecter moves in with his beautiful aunt and begins plotting revenge on the barbarians responsible for his sister's death.


Peter Webber


Thomas Harris (screenplay), Thomas Harris (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaran Thomas Aaran Thomas ... Young Hannibal
Gaspard Ulliel ... Hannibal Lecter
Gong Li ... Lady Murasaki
Helena-Lia Tachovská Helena-Lia Tachovská ... Mischa Lecter
Richard Leaf ... Father Lecter
Dominic West ... Inspector Popil
Rhys Ifans ... Vladis Grutas
Michelle Wade Michelle Wade ... Nanny
Richard Brake ... Enrikas Dortlich
Martin Hub Martin Hub ... Lothar
Ingeborga Dapkunaite ... Mother Lecter
Kevin McKidd ... Petras Kolnas
Joerg Stadler Joerg Stadler ... Berndt
Stephen Walters ... Zigmas Milko
Ivan Marevich ... Bronys Grentz


Mischa and Hannibal, baby brother and sister, are inseparable; it is their love for each other that ties their bond. Their companionship is forever binding, until, with their family, while hiding from the Nazi war machine a twisted set of circumstance sets the pace for a most vicious attack on the future of one Hannibal Lecter for the sworn vengeance for the brutal killing of his baby sister. Years later, we find Hannibal, the teenager, setting up in Paris, and living with his aunt Lady Murasaki Shikibu and studying at medical school here he finds his forte. Still searching for his sister's murderers, still bitter and still ever hopeful of satisfying his desire for retribution. This chance arrives, and soon we are to learn that for a pound of flesh lost a pound of flesh must be repaid. This is the horrific tale of justice and honor, a young man's growing pains that will have the guilty paying with more than just flesh and bone. This is the up and rising tale of the young Hannibal, ... Written by Cinema_Fan

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong grisly violent content and some language/sexual references | See all certifications »

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"Lady Murasaki" (Shikibu Murasaki) is actually the name of an 11th-century Japanese novelist. Her "The Tale of the Genji" is regarded as a masterpiece of Japanese literature. See more »


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[first lines]
Hannibal 8yrs: Hide quickly! Run away! Quick! This way! Quickly! Down to the lake.
[giggling, drawing on dock]
Hannibal 8yrs: M... for Mischa.
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Alternate Versions

The Unrated Cut on DVD is over 9 minutes longer than the theatrical cut. Most of the cuts were not for violence and gore, as one might expect, but rather small moments of character and plot. There are also some alternate takes used, though again rarely for violence reasons, and some shots are flipped. See more »


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Prelude in A Minor BWV 543
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Public Domain
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Transcribed by Franz Liszt
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Hannibal is still a young and wild , let's wait for a next book...
6 February 2007 | by bloodlust68See all my reviews

I just saw the film at prepremiere in Bern Switzerland.First of all i read the book and my expectations was huge.I prayed to god not to be disappointed.And i can say no i am not.Although Thomas Harris did a screenplay for this film as well as he wrote the book , some things are not the same in the film like in the book ,and some are missing.Hope missing things are left for the DVD extended edition.Those things can offend some Lecter huge fans as i am too.But this were just several not sooo important things for understanding the film.All in all the film is true to book in all important things and events.I understand too that filmmakers can not integrate all events from book in film cause it would be too long.Gaspard Ulliel plays Hannibal Lecter mostly wery well.What i found slightly negative is ,just maybe,a little bit over the top.That means in some important scenes like murders his face and his art to play Hannibal is very wild.But clear is : after those traumas he had to live with no one can guarantee to stay normal or calm.Man can really see how he enjoy the act of revenge.You can really see it on his face.Those savage deserters that killed his sister really deserve same savage deaths like they did in their past.There are a lot gruesome deaths and images in this movie , what was to expect from a Lecter movie.A lot more than in any Lecter movie before.Some would say :now is a Lecter Mystery over.He is no longer a mystery to us like he was.But no.I would say: this film had to be made as book had to be written.No we understand why he is like he is.Although in this part of life he is still very young , can not always keep his feelings hidden.He is a Young Wild that becomes a Madman cause of his trauma from his childhood that never leave him in peace.For him all of his later victims remaining him of those Deserteurs .One more book and one more film has to be made where he would be explained a little further.His genius , his loving for art , fine things , his life as young doctor in Baltimore , America.He told once to Clarice that lambs are now still and silent but they will not always remain still , they will scream again.So his trauma will always stay with him , his whole life. Go and see the movie , you will not be disappointed.

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9 February 2007 (USA) See more »

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