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The Silence of the Lambs -- A young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.


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Writers (WGA):
Thomas Harris (novel)
Ted Tally (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 February 1991 (USA) See more »
Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Brilliant. Cunning. Psychotic. In his mind lies the clue to a ruthless killer. - Clarice Starling, FBI. Brilliant. Vulnerable. Alone. She must trust him to stop the killer. See more »
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won 5 Oscars. Another 55 wins & 32 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jodie Foster ... Clarice Starling
Lawrence A. Bonney ... FBI Instructor

Kasi Lemmons ... Ardelia Mapp
Lawrence T. Wrentz ... Agent Burroughs

Scott Glenn ... Jack Crawford

Anthony Heald ... Dr. Frederick Chilton

Frankie Faison ... Barney

Don Brockett ... Friendly Psychopath
Frank Seals Jr. ... Brooding Psychopath
Stuart Rudin ... Miggs

Anthony Hopkins ... Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Maria Skorobogatov ... Young Clarice (as Masha Skorobogatov)
Jeffrie Lane ... Clarice's Father
Leib Lensky ... Mr. Lang
George 'Red' Schwartz ... Mr. Lang's Driver (as Red Schwartz)
Jim Roche ... TV Evangelist

Brooke Smith ... Catherine Martin

Ted Levine ... Jame Gumb
James B. Howard ... Boxing Instructor
Bill Miller ... Mr. Brigham

Chuck Aber ... Agent Terry
Gene Borkan ... Oscar
Pat McNamara ... Sheriff Perkins

Tracey Walter ... Lamar
Kenneth Utt ... Dr. Akin

Dan Butler ... Roden
Paul Lazar ... Pilcher

Darla ... 'Precious' (as 'Darla')
Adelle Lutz ... TV Anchor Woman

Obba Babatundé ... TV Anchor Man (as Obba Babatunde)
George Michael ... TV Sportscaster

Diane Baker ... Senator Ruth Martin

Roger Corman ... FBI Director Hayden Burke

Ron Vawter ... Paul Krendler

Charles Napier ... Lt. Boyle
Jim Dratfield ... Sen. Martin's Aide
D. Stanton Miranda ... 1st Reporter (as Stanton-Miranda)
Rebecca Saxon ... 2nd Reporter
Danny Darst ... Sgt. Tate

Cynthia Ettinger ... Officer Jacobs

Brent Hinkley ... Officer Murray
Steve Wyatt ... Airport Flirt
Alex Coleman ... Sgt. Pembry
David Early ... Spooked Memphis Cop

Andre B. Blake ... Tall Memphis Cop (as Andre Blake)
Bill Dalzell ... Distraught Memphis Cop (as Bill Dalzell III)

Chris Isaak ... SWAT Commander

Daniel von Bargen ... SWAT Communicator
Tommy Lafitte ... SWAT Shooter (as Tommy LaFitte)
Josh Broder ... EMS Attendant
Buzz Kilman ... EMS Driver

Harry Northup ... Mr. Bimmel
Lauren Roselli ... Stacy Hubka
Lamont Arnold ... Flower Delivery Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Hall ... State Trooper (uncredited)

John W. Iwanonkiw ... Orderly (uncredited)
Lynette Jenkins ... Nurse (uncredited)

Chris McGinn ... Autopsy Victim (uncredited)
Jason Menz ... Orderly (uncredited)

Ted Monte ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

George A. Romero ... FBI Agent in Memphis (uncredited)

Edward Saxon ... Benjamin Raspail (Head in a Jar) (uncredited)

Mike Schaeffer ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
Writing credits
Thomas Harris (novel)

Ted Tally (screenplay)

Produced by
Grace Blake .... associate producer
Ronald M. Bozman .... producer (as Ron Bozman)
Gary Goetzman .... executive producer
Edward Saxon .... producer
Kenneth Utt .... producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Tak Fujimoto (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Craig McKay (edited by)
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Production Design by
Kristi Zea 
Art Direction by
Tim Galvin 
Set Decoration by
Karen O'Hara 
Costume Design by
Colleen Atwood 
Makeup Department
Alan D'Angerio .... hair styles designer
Carl Fullerton .... special makeup effects creator
Neal Martz .... special makeup effects creator
Allen Weisinger .... makeup creator
Todd Kleitsch .... special effects makeup lab assistant (uncredited)
Production Management
Marshall Persinger .... post-production supervisor
Kenneth Utt .... unit production manager
Larry Jackson .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Ron Lynch .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald M. Bozman .... first assistant director (as Ron Bozman)
Gina Maria Leonetti .... second second assistant director (as Gina Leonetti)
Kyle McCarthy .... second assistant director
Steve Rose .... additional first assistant director
Art Department
Francine Byrne .... art department coordinator
Sean Foyle .... assistant props
Eileen Garrigan .... master scenic artist
Frederika Gray .... key scenic artist
Kalina Ivanov .... storyboard artist
C.A. Kelly .... stand-by dresser
Gary Kosko .... assistant art director
Loren Levy .... assistant props
Ed Lohrer III .... set dresser
Ann Miller .... property master
Paula Payne .... stand-by scenic artist
Karl Shefelman .... storyboard artist
Diana Stoughton .... assistant set decorator (as Diana L. Stoughton)
Kenneth Turek .... set dresser (as Ken Turek)
Edward West .... set dresser
Natalie Wilson .... assistant art director
S. Bruce Wineinger .... construction coordinator
Vincent Borrelli .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Chris Call .... painter (uncredited)
Thomas J. Garrigan .... props (uncredited)
Smith Harper Hutchings .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Kimberly Weeks .... buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ron Bochar .... fx editor
David Boulton .... a.d.r. recordist
Missy Cohen .... apprentice sound editor
Randall Coleman .... assistant a.d.r. editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Kay Denmark .... a.d.r. boom operator
William Docker .... apprentice sound editor (as Bill Docker)
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer
John Fundus .... sound recordist
Brian Johnson .... assistant sound editor
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Stuart Levy .... apprentice sound editor
Skip Lievsay .... sound designer
Marissa Littlefield .... dialogue editor
Dennis Maitland II .... boom operator
Douglas Murray .... re-recordist (as Douglas L. Murray)
Christopher Newman .... production sound mixer
Bruce Pross .... foley editor
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor
Anne Sawyer .... assistant sound editor
Gail Showalter .... a.d.r. editor
Alan Snelling .... recording engineer
Sean Squires .... re-recordist
Jeffrey Stern .... dialogue editor
Philip Stockton .... dialogue editor (as Phil Stockton)
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Deborah Wallach .... a.d.r. editor
Robert F. Warren .... dolby stereo consultant
Shari Johanson .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Jörg Klinkenberg .... foley artist: post-production (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dwight Benjamin-Creel .... special effects
Michael Cassidy .... stuntman (as Mike Cassidy)
Walter Robles .... stuntman (as Walt Robles)
John Robotham .... stunt coordinator
George P. Wilbur .... stuntman (as George Wilbur)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Aversa .... grip
Michael F. Burke .... electrician (as Mike Burke)
Ken Connors .... best boy electric (as Kenny Conners)
Ed DeCort .... electrician
Peter Demme .... electrician
John Donohue .... dolly grip
Russell Engels .... gaffer (as Rusty Engels)
Larry Huston .... additional camera assistant
Tony C. Jannelli .... camera operator (as Tony Jannelli)
Roswell Jones .... electrician
Jay Levy .... additional camera assistant
Mick Lohrer .... grip
Bruce MacCallum .... first assistant camera
Larry McConkey .... steadicam operator
Billy Miller .... key grip (as Bill Miller)
Matt Miller .... grip
Tom O'Halloran .... second assistant camera
Brian S. Osmond .... camera trainee (as Brian Osmond)
James Petri .... electrician
Calvin Price .... grip
Ken Regan .... still photographer
Howard Weiner .... video engineer
David Knox .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Steven Search .... cam-remote tech (uncredited)
Mark Streapy .... aerial camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Donna Belajac .... additional casting: Pittsburgh
Staci A. Blagovich .... extras casting: Pittsburgh (as Staci Blagovich)
Dennis Osborne .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Burchard .... wardrobe supervisor
Kathleen Gerlach .... assistant costume designer
Hartsell Taylor .... wardrobe supervisor
Benjamin Wilson .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Trish Breganti .... post-production assistant
Lisa Bromwell .... associate editor
Sam Bruskin .... post-production assistant
Lynn Cassaniti .... apprentice film editor
Nzingha Clarke .... apprentice film editor
Priscilla Fleischman .... post-production assistant
David Kirkman .... apprentice film editor
David Orr .... color timer
Colleen Sharp .... first assistant editor
Alice Stone .... second assistant editor
Location Management
John Crowder .... location coordinator: Washington DC
Gus Holzer .... location coordinator: Bimini, Bahamas
Annie Loeffler .... locations
Michael McCue .... locations (as Mike McCue)
Neri Kyle Tannenbaum .... location manager
Brian Hartman .... location scout (uncredited)
John Marston .... location projectionist: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Music Department
Sharon Boyle .... music supervisor
Susan Demskey-Horiuchi .... assistant music editor (as Sue Demskey)
Homer Denison .... orchestrator
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Nic Ratner .... assistant music editor
Peter Fuchs .... assistant music recording engineer (uncredited)
Quincy Z. Gunderson .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Natasha Kinne .... playback singer (uncredited)
Dana Sano .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Leonidas .... transportation captain
Dennis Radesky .... transportation co-captain
Denny Caira .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Judy Arthur .... unit publicist
Jeffrey T. Barabe .... production assistant (as Jeffrey Barabe)
Monica Bielawski .... production assistant
Andre B. Blake .... production assistant (as Andre Blake)
Lisa Bradley .... assistant production coordinator
Katie Clarke .... accounting assistant
Vicki Dee Rock .... production auditor
Leanore G. Drogin .... assistant moth wrangler and stylist
Richard Ericson .... dialect consultant
Robin Fajardo .... assistant: Mr. Utt
Richard Fishwick .... craft service
Becky Gibbs .... production assistant
Paul Giorgi .... stage manager
Teri Hanson .... production assistant
Thomas A. Imperato .... financial representative
Mary A. Kelly .... continuity
Patricia LaMagna .... assistant: Ms. Foster (as Pat LaMagna)
Sally Love .... entomological consultant
Ann F. Markel .... accounting assistant (as Ann Markel)
Maria Alaina Mason .... production assistant (as Maria Mason)
Kevin McLeod .... special production assistant
Raymond A. Mendez .... moth wrangler and stylist
Cristie Miele .... dog trainer (as Christie Miele)
Walt Oggier .... police consultant (as Walter 'O.J.' Oggier)
Paula Oliver .... production assistant
Paula Payne .... special drawings
Lucas Platt .... assistant: Mr. Demme
Ben Ramsey .... production assistant
John E. Rawlins .... entomological consultant (as John E. Rawlins PhD)
Andrew Sands .... assistant production coordinator
Steve Shareshian .... assistant production auditor (as Steven Shareshian)
Alison Sherman .... assistant production coordinator
Valerie Thomas .... assistant: Mr. Saxon
Dianne Ulan .... production assistant (as Iane Ulan)
'Buz' Wasler .... production assistant
Gina White .... production assistant
Hyle White .... production assistant
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... dailies coordinator (uncredited)
Steffany Hannan .... body double (uncredited)
Alan Jacques .... projectionist (uncredited)
Dominic Marcus .... adr supporting artist (uncredited)
Catherine Marie McDonald .... set production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Matthew Myers .... production intern (uncredited)
Steve Parys .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jonathan Sheinberg .... Head of Production Orion Pictures (uncredited)
James Deeth .... the producers wish to thank: pilot
John Douglas .... the producers wish to thank
Jeff Senour .... the producers wish to thank: pilot
Edward F. Sobota .... the producers wish to thank: Beechcraft provided by
Mark Streapy .... the producers wish to thank: camera operator
Robert Vogt .... the producers wish to thank: technician
George Walden .... the producers wish to thank: Albert G. Ruben Insurance Co.
Roberta Weissburg .... the producers wish to thank: Breakdown Leathers
Trey Wilson .... dedicated to
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Silence of the Lambs" - USA (informal short title)
"The Silence of the Lambs" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title)
"El silencio de los inocentes" - Argentina, Chile (imdb display title), Colombia (dubbed version), Mexico, Peru, Uruguay
"Молчание ягнят" - Russia, Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Das Schweigen der Lämmer" - Austria, Germany
"Le silence des agneaux" - Canada (French title), France
"Mlčanie Jahniat" - Czechoslovakia (Slovak title), Slovakia
"Mlčení Jehňátek" - Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia (Czech title)
"När lammen tystnar" - Finland (Swedish title) (imdb display title), Sweden
"O Silêncio dos Inocentes" - Brazil, Portugal
"Η σιωπή των αμνών" - Greece
"Мовчання ягнят" - Ukraine
"Мълчанието на агнетата" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"A bárányok hallgatnak" - Hungary
"Avineliu tylejimas" - Lithuania (imdb display title)
"De schreeuw van het lam" - Netherlands (informal literal title)
"El silenci dels anyells" - Spain (Catalan title)
"El silencio de los corderos" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Hitsujitachi no Chinmoku" - Japan
"I siopi ton amnon" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Il silenzio degli innocenti" - Italy
"Kad jaganjci utihnu" - Croatia (imdb display title)
"Kad jaganjci utihnu" - Serbia
"Ko jagenjčki obmolknejo" - Slovenia
"Kravta dumili" - Georgia (alternative title)
"Kuzularin Sessizligi" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
"Milczenie owiec" - Poland
"Nattsvermeren" - Norway
"Ondskabens øjne" - Denmark
"Sokout-e bareha" - Iran (Persian title) (imdb display title)
"Somt alhemlan" - Egypt (Arabic title) (imdb display title)
"Su Im Lang Cua Bay Cuu" - Vietnam (imdb display title)
"Tacerea mieilor" - Romania
"Uhrilampaat" - Finland (imdb display title)
"Voonakeste vaikimine" - Estonia (imdb display title)
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118 min | 138 min (original cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ (DVD rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating on appeal) | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15/13 (uncut) (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (uncut) (2012 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (theatrical rating) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (Blu-ray rating) (certificate #97104) (2009) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (DVD rating) (1998) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (video rating) (1991) | France:16 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | India:A | Ireland:15 (original rating) | Ireland:18 (re-rating) | Israel:18 | Italy:VM14 (video rating) | Italy:T (video rating) | Japan:R-15 | Japan:PG12 (2009) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (cut) | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Poland:15 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Russia:18+ (video rating) | Singapore:R(A) | Singapore:NC-16 (TV rating) | Singapore:PG (video rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2017) | USA:TV-14 | USA:R (certificate #30301)

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(At around thirty-nine minutes) The song playing during the funeral is "Rock of Ages".See more »
Revealing mistakes: Nearly all the vehicles in the film have inspection stickers in the windshield indicating registration in Pittsburgh, PA, where none of the action takes place.See more »
[first lines]
FBI instructor:Starling! Starling! Crawford wants to see you in his office.
Clarice Starling:Thank you, sir.
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126 out of 160 people found the following review useful.
Perfectly executed dramatic thriller, 12 January 1999
Author: pooch-8 from Fargo, North Dakota

The Silence of the Lambs, having accomplished the rare feat of winning all five of the major Academy Award categories, is a remarkable achievement in filmmaking. Gruesome, pulpish material was transformed by dedicated participants on all levels of production, and a film that would have failed in the hands of many others wound up becoming a modern masterpiece. Taut direction and a superb screenplay might be the best arguments for the film's power, but the flashiest are certainly delivered in the bravura performances of Hopkins and Foster. Their interplay -- and remember, they only share a handful of scenes together -- is nothing short of riveting.

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