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The Silence of the Lambs [DVD] [Canadian; French]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins will likely be forever associated with their roles in this bone-chilling masterpiece, based on the novel by Thomas Harris and directed by Jonathan Demme. FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Foster) is sent by her supervisor (Scott Glenn) to interview ferociously intelligent serial killer Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lechter (Hopkins) at his cell in a Maryland mental hospital. The FBI hopes Lechter can provide insight into the mind of killer-at-large, Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine), whose current abductee happens to be the daughter of a senator. Intrigued by Clairice, Lechter demands information about her personal life and in exchange for clues, and the two begin to form a strangely intimate connection, with a girl's life hanging in the balance. Starling is gradually revealed as a woman struggling out of her own darkness, bound to aid the dysfunctional males around her on their own paths of transformation, liberation, and destruction. This is a film of brilliant and disturbing beauty that transcends its B-movie origins (though it does honor them with a cameo appearance by Roger Corman). Its enduring influence has led to a slew of similarly dark-toned serial killer films, and a sequel, HANNIBAL (2001).

    Academy Awards Best Picture 1991
    Academy Awards Best Actress 1991 Jodie Foster American Actress/Director, NELL (1994)
    Academy Awards Best Actor 1991 Anthony Hopkins Welsh Actor
    Academy Awards Best Director 1991 Jonathan Demme American sirector/producer, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
    Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1991 Ted Tally SCREENWRITER

  • Credits
    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Hopkines, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Brooke Smith, Diane Baker, Kasi Lemmons, Charles Napier, Chuck Napier, Tracey Walter, Frankie R. Faison, Frankie Faison, Buzz Kilman
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Superbly crafted....THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...A sombre masterpiece....The film creates a world drained of light, counterpointed by a sinister and unsettling score..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...[A] superbly crafted, unsettling movie....Demme pumps up the tension to a deafening din..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "LAMBS remains a great film. A groundbreaking film." -- Grade: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]till the definitive upmarket serial killer thriller, achieving the almost unprecedented feat of winning all five major Oscar categories..."

    "...Hopkins' performance may be the film's bravura showpiece, but Foster's goes the whole distance, steadfast, controlled, heartbreakingly insightful, a fine addition to her gallery of characterizations..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Hopkins's portrayal of the world's most urbane serial killer is a wonder of both actorly invention and villainous instinct."

    5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] rare horror that transcends the genre and has arguably become a modern classic."
    Ultimate DVD

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