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The Hannibal Lecter Trilogy

Silence Of The Lambs

Silence Of The Lambs
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Silence Of The Lambs Description
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" Lecter (Hopkins) at his cell in a Maryland mental hospital. The FBI hopes Lecter 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, Lecter 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).

Theatrical release: February 13, 1991.

Filmed on location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

Shooting began on November 15, 1989, and wrapped on March 1, 1990.

Estimated budget: $19 million.

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS is number 65 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.

To perfect the voice of Hannibal, Anthony Hopkins based his speech on the dry voice of the Hal 9000 computer from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.

Hopkins won the Best Actor Oscar despite being in the film for no more than 30 minutes, the shortest screen appearance for any Best Actor winner.

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS actually features the second screen appearance of Hannibal Lecter. Played by Brian Cox, the character first appears in Michael Mann's MANHUNTER, which is based on the Thomas Harris novel RED DRAGON.

Roger Corman plays FBI Director Hayden Burke in the film.

Demme regular Charles Napier plays Boyle.

Chris Isaak appears briefly as a SWAT commander.

Try to catch how many times Anthony Hopkins blinks in various scenes....

The sequel, HANNIBAL, opened on February 9, 2001. Ridley Scott took over the direction, and Julianne Moore played Clarice Starling instead of Jodie Foster. Hopkins again played Hannibal, deliciously.

DVD Features:

Region 1 Encoding

Special Features: Includes deleted scenes, storyboards, and audio commentary by the stars and filmmakers.

"...Superbly crafted....THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror..."

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

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

"Believe me, you don't want Hannibal Lecter inside your head."--Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn)

"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti."--Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins); the classic sucking sound Hopkins made after this line was ad-libbed

"I do wish we could chat a little longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."--Hannibal Lecter

"...Scary." -- Rating: B

"...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..."

 

DVD Features:
Region 1
Keep Case
Anamorphic Widescreen -
1.85
Audio:
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Dolby Digital Stereo - French
Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
Additional Release Material:
Deleted Scenes
Production Interviews -
1. Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins - Stars
Making-Of
Outtakes
Trailers
Text/Photo Galleries:
Stills/Photos -
1. Gallery

 

Hannibal

Hannibal Description
After a decade in abeyance, the courtly cannibal, Hannibal Lecter, returns to the screen, again played by Anthony Hopkins, under the direction of Ridley Scott. When F.B.I. Agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) is blamed for a botched drug bust, her boss Paul Krendler (Ray Liotta) makes a media circus of her humiliation, which catches the attention of Lecter. Now a hardened veteran, she begins receiving letters from the twisted genius, who remains obsessed with her. Yet she's not the only one interested in drawing out the psychopath, now lecturing on the Renaissance in Florence. Italian detective Pazzi (Giancarlo Giannini) hopes to impress his young wife by nailing the reward for his capture, and wealthy pedophile Mason Verger (Gary Oldman) is eager to take revenge against the cannibal for leaving him with a hideously deformed face. But they're no match for Hannibal's coyly satanic ubiquity, which bewilders his quickly narcotized foes before he administers a punishment sufficiently grotesque to suit his sense of amusement. The odious Krendler, in particular, learns to use his gray matter for, perhaps, the first time in his life. However, all is prologue to his fated rendezvous with Clarice. A banquet for the splatterati, reveling as it does in gore and dismemberment, the film features brilliant work by a stellar cast, and the kind of meticulous art direction and lushly magnificent photography that one has come to expect of one of Scott.

"...Handsomely staged....[The] presentation is mournfully beautiful; rarely has a director used so many variations on midnight blue..."

"I should tell you...I've given serious thought...to eating your wife."--Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to Pazzi (Giancarlo Giannini)

"Hello, Clarice..."--Hannibal Lecter to Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore)

"...Gruesomely engrossing....Lecter remains a riveting figure of fear..."

"...Tantalizing, engrossing....HANNIBAL imparts its own pleasures by painting a portrait of a man of ultimate civilized refinements whose dark side always threatens to lurch out violently..."

Theatrical Release: February 9, 2001

Shooting locations: Richmond, VA, Asheville, NC, Washington, D.C., and Florence and Sardinia, Italy.

Jodie Foster, who starred in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, passed on the film, because she was dissatisfied with the manner in which the character of Clarice was handled.
Jonathan Demme, the director of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, passed on the film due to what he felt was its excessive violence.

Julianne Moore underwent basic FBI training at the organization's Quantico, VA facility, in preparation for her role.

Anthony Hopkins has stated that he based Lecter's gait on that of a cat.

Italy's Popular Political Party protested the shooting of one of Lecter's murders in the historic Palazzo Vacchio.

 

DVD Features:
Region 1
Keep Case
2-Disc Set
Anamorphic Widescreen -
1.85
Audio:
DTS Surround 5.1 - English
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
Dolby Digital 5.1 - Spanish
Additional Release Material:
Audio Commentary -
1. Ridley Scott - Director
Deleted Scenes
Making-Of -
1. BREAKING THE SILENCE
Interactive Features:
Multiple Angles
Text/Photo Galleries:
Stills/Photos -
1. Gallery

 

Red Dragon

Red Dragon

Red Dragon Description
Based on the novel by Thomas Harris, RED DRAGON stars Edward Norton as Will Graham, the intuitive FBI agent who captured the notorious Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). When another killer, dubbed "the Tooth Fairy," begins a series of bizarre, seemingly random killings, the now-retired Graham reluctantly agrees to aid in the investigation. In order to get further into the mind set of the murderer, Graham consults the imprisoned Lecter, who offers cryptic commentary that the determined agent must decipher. However, the Tooth Fairy himself, Francis Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes), is also in contact with the infamous epicurean, and the case soon develops into a deadly cat-and-mouse game, with Lecter deviously playing both sides.

Rather than attempting to remake MANHUNTER--Michael Mann's 1986 adaptation of RED DRAGON starring William L. Petersen as Graham and Brian Cox as Lecter--or recreate the monster-movie atmosphere of HANNIBAL, director Brett Ratner wisely chooses to focus on the character-driven specifics of the first Hannibal Lecter novel. As in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, the unblinking Hopkins makes the most out of his screen time as the eloquent yet terrifying former forensic psychologist. Norton is excellently understated as the talented investigator, while Fiennes explores the full range of his conflicted character, from a sensitive man-child to a methodical psychopath. These key performances are enhanced by strong supporting turns by Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Harvey Keitel, and Mary-Louise Parker. Ratner's capable direction extends to his choice of crew, which includes SILENCE OF THE LAMBS screenwriter Ted Tally and production designer Kristen Zea, as well as MANHUNTER cinematographer Dante Spinotti. This collection of talent combines to create an engaging and eerie thriller that brings the Hopkins-as-Lecter trilogy full circle.

"...RED DRAGON lets Anthony Hopkins have more fun for fun's sake than he has ever had playing history's most urbane cannibal..."

"...Hannibal Lecter scores again in RED DRAGON....Inescapably creepy....An intense, unnerving experience..."

"...[Ratner] does a sure, stylish job, appreciating the droll humor of Lecter's predicament, creating a depraved new villain in the Tooth Fairy, and using the quiet intense skills of Norton..."

"...A deeply atmospheric chiller that maintains a constant hum of droning menace....You'll be gnawing away at your cuticles..."

"...An exceptional thriller....Solid, well-crafted..."

Theatrical release: October 4, 2002

 

DVD Features:
Region 1
Keep Case
Full Frame -
1.33
Audio:
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Dolby Surround - French
Dolby Surround - French
Additional Release Material:
Audio Commentary -
1. Brett Ratner - Director, Ted Tally - Writer
Additional Audio Material - Music Score Commentary -
1. Danny Elfman - Composer
Making-of -
1. THE MAKING OF RED DRAGON
Featurette -
1. ANTHONY HOPKINS: LECTER AND ME
Documentary -
1. Lecter's FBI File and Life History
2. Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer - Hosted By John Douglas
Interactive Features:
Scene Access
Interactive Menus
Text/Photo Galleries:
Production Notes
Cast and Filmmakers
DVD-ROM Features:
Total Axess
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