Movie House Memories

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Episode #60

Orion Pictures released The Silence of the Lambs to theaters on February 14, 1991. Jonathan Demme directs the film which stars Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Lawrence A. Bonney.

The Silence of the Lambs Movie Summary

In 1991, Jonathon Demme re-introduced the cinematic audience to a character that left such an impression on movie going fans, that we haven’t been able to think of Chianti and fava beans the same way since. Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter, played to Academy Award winning perfection by Sir Anthony Hopkins, both frightened and fascinated us with his combination of his sophistication and menace. Although he had little screen time, and was neither the big menace nor the hero, his portrayal of the character left the audience dying for more, which they eventually got in an inferior prequel and sequel, and a couple of knock off versions.

The film begins with our hero Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster, being pulled from her training at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia by Jack Crawford, an agent in the Bureau’s Behavioral Science Unit. Crawford tasks Starling with attempting to get Lecter, a former psychiatrist and incarcerated cannibalistic serial killer, to participate in a survey whose goal is to help understand the minds of serial killers. However, Crawford’s real agenda is to get Lecter to agree to help the Bureau catch the serial killer nicknamed “Buffalo Bill”, a mysterious murderer who skins his female victims’ corpses.

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3 Comments

    1. For me, I don’t think so. He definitely made a lot of great movies, so maybe one of the others will pick one of his for their top 100.

      I’d really like to review Married to the Mob though for Lunchtime Movie Review. I’d be curious to see if it stands the test of time.

      Are any of Demme’s films in your top 100?

  1. Silence of the lambs would be in
    My top 100. I like something wild a lot as well. Looking forward to the married with the mob review.

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