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Hannibal Rising (2007)

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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.

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Peter Webber

Writers:

Thomas Harris (screenplay), Thomas Harris (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaran Thomas Aaran Thomas ... Young Hannibal
Gaspard Ulliel ... Hannibal Lecter
Li Gong ... Lady Murasaki (as Gong Li)
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
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Storyline

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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Wie alles begann (How everything began) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | Czech Republic | France | Italy | USA

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

9 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hannibal 4 See more »

Filming Locations:

Brno, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,044,033 (United Kingdom), 11 February 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,051,650, 11 February 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,670,986

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,169,884
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| (unrated)

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

[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

For the German retail market a cut version was created (based on the theatrical version) which misses ca. 13 minutes. This version is rated "Not under 16". Theatrical and US-Unrated version are also available with a "Not under 18" rating but have some sales restrictions. See more »

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Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Variation No. 1 - Aria
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
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Performed by Glenn Gould
(p) 1955 SONY BMG Music Entertainment Inc.
Licensed courtesy of SONY BMG Commercial Markets (UK)
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A thriller of origins. Not as deep as I'd hoped, but still a strong film.
8 February 2007 | by BloomerSee all my reviews

Hannibal Rising is a dark and thrilling grand guignol excursion into the formative (but still plenty brutal) years of the infamous Hannibal Lecter. Considering the amount of psychological material the film would appear to have to get through, I think it definitely errs on the side of briskness. In a broad sense, many important sequences are played out and edited very quickly, and this saps them of some of their resonance, but the mood does gradually coalesce into something followers of the prior films and novels will recognise, and will be rewarded in revisiting.

The teen-adult Hannibal as played by Gaspard Ulliel is pale and handsome, and his red slash of a mouth is always very much in evidence, signalling violence and malice, and reminding us of the flesh that we know will come to pass through it. After surviving some murky carnage on the Eastern Front during World War II, he eventually seeks out remaining family in the form of his widowed aunt in France (Gong Li). He begins to open to a more regular life under her curious guidance, but the post-war environment is conducive to grudges and violence, and these are the sparks that are quickest to ignite in Lecter. Direction in this all-too-brief part of the film is some of its best, as it visually and thematically stitches together Hannibal's fascinations so that we can feel them wrap around each other - blood, violence, his own incestual leanings towards his aunt, and his childhood bond with his late sister, Mischa.

After the first murder, though, (which definitely doesn't disappoint) it's a straighter ride through many more on the path of vengeance. It all makes for a fine thriller, but development in Lecter's character beyond this point is harder to read, and Ulliel's performance offers much relish but not-so-much variation. Of the other films in the series, this one has the most in common, stylistically and in subject matter, with Hannibal. As my friend also suggested when we left the cinema, I still feel there could easily be another film out there to deal with Hannibal practising as a psychiatrist and murdering folks on the side, pre-Silence Of The Lambs. This one offers the concrete details of his origins within a thrilling story, but somehow doesn't feel as deep or profound as I'd hoped it would - and I wish it would just relax and offer some longer scenes and more ambiguous moments at times. Nevertheless, Hannibal Rising is a strong film.


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