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Hannibal (2001)

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Living in exile, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins) tries to reconnect with now disgraced F.B.I. Agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore), and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim (Gary Oldman).


Ridley Scott


Thomas Harris (novel), David Mamet (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Hannibal Lecter
Julianne Moore ... Clarice Starling
Gary Oldman ... Mason Verger
Ray Liotta ... Paul Krendler
Frankie Faison ... Nurse Barney (as Frankie R. Faison)
Giancarlo Giannini ... Insp. Rinaldo Pazzi
Francesca Neri ... Allegra Pazzi
Zeljko Ivanek ... Dr. Cordell Doemling
Hazelle Goodman ... Evelda Drumgo
David Andrews ... FBI Agent Pearsall
Francis Guinan ... FBI Asst. Director Noonan
James Opher James Opher ... DEA Agent John Eldridge
Enrico Lo Verso ... Gnocco
Ivano Marescotti Ivano Marescotti ... Carlo
Fabrizio Gifuni ... Matteo


The final chapter of the Dr. Hannibal Lecter quadrilogy, the murdering cannibal. He is presently in Italy, and works as a curator at a museum. Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore), the F.B.I. Agent who he aided to apprehend a serial killer, was placed in charge of an operation, but when one of her men botches it, she's called to the mat by the Bureau. One high ranking official, Paul Krendler (Ray Liotta) has it in for her. But she gets a reprieve because Mason Verger (Gary Oldman), one of Lecter's victims who is looking to get back at Lecter for what Lecter did to him, wants to use Starling to lure him out. When Lecter sends her a note, she learns that he's in Italy, so she asks the Police to keep an eye out for him. But a corrupt Policeman, who wants to get the reward that Verger placed on him, tells Verger where he is, but they fail to get him. Later, Verger decides to frame Starling, which makes Lecter return to the U.S., and the race to get Lecter begins. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The world's most deliciously evil gentleman is back! See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong gruesome violence, some nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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English | Italian | Japanese

Release Date:

9 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Silence of the Lambs 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA See more »


Box Office


$87,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,003,121, 11 February 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$351,692,268, 30 June 2012
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The outdoor opera, Dante's "La Vita Nuova", which Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins) and Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi (Giancarlo Giannini) see in Florence, was especially composed for this movie. Composer Patrick Cassidy did not stop at the three minute part as performed in the movie, but composed an entire aria, "Vide Cor Meum". See more »


When Lecter fights with Pazzi they are standing between the projector and the screen, but you can still see the whole slide. It looks as if the projector has been moved out of the way and the shadow we see is cast by another light source. See more »


Clarice Starling: All right, everyone, pay attention. Here's the layout...
Officer Bolton: Excuse me? I'm Officer Bolton, DC Police.
Clarice Starling: Yes, I can see that from your uniform and badge, how do you do?
Officer Bolton: I'm in charge here.
Clarice Starling: You are?
Officer Bolton: Yes, ma'am.
Clarice Starling: Officer Bolton, I'm Special Agent Starling, and just so we don't get off on the wrong foot, let me explain why we're all here. I'm here because I know Evelda Drumgo, I've arrested her twice on RICO warrants, I know how she thinks. DEA and BATF, in addition to backing me up, are here for the ...
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Crazy Credits

After fading to black, the alternate ending features a new voiceover-- Hannibal: Clarice, would you ever say to me, "Stop. If you really love me you'll stop?" Clarice: Not in a thousand years. Hannibal: Not in a thousand years? That's my girl. See more »

Alternate Versions

German video distributor BMG Video released two seperate DVD-editions of the film: one is the uncut FSK18 version in a double DVD set with massive extras, the other edition is a single DVD and includes only the film in a shortened (ca. 1,5 min.) FSK16 version. This edition carries the note "Cut version".
  • In the DVD Behind The Scenes featurette we see Hannibal actually cutting into Krendler's brain during the climactic scene, whereas in the released version only Clarice's reaction is shown.
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References Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »


Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
Courtesy of Sony Classical/The Estate of Glenn Gould
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

It's not bad because it's gross (as most people say) - it's just plain boring!
6 June 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, now a free man, entices FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) back into one of his little games as he is pursued by Starling and the FBI. A few disgusting scenes, such as a brain-eating sequence and face-peeling flashback montage, were heavily criticized upon the film's release, but its main problem is that it just isn't on the same level as the superior (if overrated - "Se7en" is better) "Silence of the Lambs." I am not a huge fan of Jodie Foster but her absence here is vital to the film's failure - Julianne Moore is a fine actress and smart woman, but she somehow doesn't seem to be thinking as much as Foster, whose face always indicated that there was deep concentration going on inside her brain. Moore just reads her lines, fakes a pretty bad accent and manages to convince us that we're watching a different character. Actor changes in the Bond films really don't matter because Bond has no true chronology - there's no reason to believe that Brosnan is the same Bond as Connery since they live 40 years apart from each other in a different day and age, and it's never been really proven that they are the same as each other.

Moore is supposed to be Foster which is a problem since she's nothing like her. Sir Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter isn't as likable in this film, or constrained and mysterious. There's no intrigue. Both Ray Liotta and Gary Oldman are given little to do in a very stereotypical film, which is surprisingly different from its predecessor, and surprisingly directed by Ridley Scott ("Alien") despite the fact that it...well...sucks.

All in all a waste of time. "Red Dragon" (2002) is much better and far more respectable to the original than this boring mess (I had a hard time sitting through this, and not because of the gore).

2/5 stars.

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