The Silence of the Lambs
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A psychopath nicknamed Buffalo Bill is murdering women across the Midwest. Believing it takes one to know one, the FBI sends Agent Clarice Starling (Foster) to interview a demented prisoner who may provide clues to the killer's actions. That prisoner is psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins), a brilliant, diabolical cannibal who agrees to help Starling only if she'll feed his morbid curiosity with details of her own complicated life. As their relationship develops, Starling is forced to confront not only her own hidden demons, but also an evil so powerful that she may not have the courage or strength to stop it!

Based on Thomas Harris's novel, this terrifying film by Jonathan Demme really only contains a couple of genuinely shocking moments (one involving an autopsy, the other a prison break). The rest of the film is a splatter-free visual and psychological descent into the hell of madness, redeemed astonishingly by an unlikely connection between a monster and a haunted young woman. Anthony Hopkins is extraordinary as the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, virtually entombed in a subterranean prison for the criminally insane. At the behest of the FBI, agent-in-training Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) approaches Lecter, requesting his insights into the identity and methods of a serial killer named Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). In exchange, Lecter demands the right to penetrate Starling's most painful memories, creating a bizarre but palpable intimacy that liberates them both under separate but equally horrific circumstances. Demme, a filmmaker with a uniquely populist vision (Melvin and Howard, Something Wild), also spent his early years making pulp for Roger Corman (Caged Heat), and he hasn't forgotten the significance of tone, atmosphere, and the unsettling nature of a crudely effective close-up. Much of the film, in fact, consists of actors staring straight into the camera (usually from Clarice's point of view), making every bridge between one set of eyes to another seem terribly dangerous. --Tom Keogh

Based on Thomas Harris's novel, this terrifying film by Jonathan Demme really only contains a couple of genuinely shocking moments (one involving an autopsy, the other a prison break). The rest of the film is a splatter-free visual and psychological descent into the hell of madness, redeemed astonishingly by an unlikely connection between a monster and a haunted young woman. Anthony Hopkins is extraordinary as the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, virtually entombed in a subterranean prison for the criminally insane. At the behest of the FBI, agent-in-training Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) approaches Lecter, requesting his insights into the identity and methods of a serial killer named Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). In exchange, Lecter demands the right to penetrate Starling's most painful memories, creating a bizarre but palpable intimacy that liberates them both under separate but equally horrific circumstances. Demme, a filmmaker with a uniquely populist vision (Melvin and Howard, Something Wild), also spent his early years making pulp for Roger Corman (Caged Heat), and he hasn't forgotten the significance of tone, atmosphere, and the unsettling nature of a crudely effective close-up. Much of the film, in fact, consists of actors staring straight into the camera (usually from Clarice's point of view), making every bridge between one set of eyes to another seem terribly dangerous. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

  • Brilliant but yucky!!!!!!
    There's no denying Hopkins mastery in this movie.
    Foster is equally masterful.
    The script, direction, atmosphere is simply brilliant.
    I'm not new to gore but I don't like the cannibal stuff.
    Yuck!!!!!!!
    A brilliant movie that will take its place in horror history.
    It's a must see movie for horror or thriller fans, but it's not appropriate for kids.
    Easily in the top twenty of all time best horror films.
    Recommended!!!
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  • Arrived quickly - nice bonus DVD
    This was a gift for my man - a fan of this series. A good choice - the second DVD has lots of good fyi's, and of course, the movie rocks....more info
  • Excellent!
    This movie is my all-time-favorite! Great actors, director, performances, and screenplay! Oh, and you should try to locate the "motif", and how the protagonist relates to the victim of the film. ...more info
  • Well made, well acted.
    But why glorify such subject matter? The Academy holds this movie up as a high-point of artistic achievement. Getting to know the workings of a psychotic mind can enrich you life, apparently....more info
  • Another edition of SOTL...
    I thought the Criterion release of SOTL was the definative DVD to get, but now the studio decides to issue this again with some new documentaries. So now i'll have to get this one too. I must have at least 2 dozen flix in my collection where i have 2, 3 or even 4 "editions" of a movie. My tolerence and my wallet is running out....more info
  • Ugh
    I'm surprised that most of the negative reviews on the Silence of the Lambs aim mostly at how boring and overdone of a film it is. I may give it a one star, but only because I think the way movies have become is heinous. Cinematically, this movie is very well done. It may not be like other horror movies and that's what makes it so effective. It doesn't use cheap thrills, or excess of guts and gore. It has all the atmosphere and psychological scare I've seen in a long time. There really isn't that many shocking scenes in the movie, but when it decides to go out on a limb--it's downright disturbing. The images stay in your head for awhile, and that's part of why I hate this movie.

    Some people won't be as affected by this as I am, but I don't like watching movies I simply can't enjoy. If there's nothing about the movie I want to remember, then it's simply not worth seeing. People are beautiful in my eyes, and when they're mutilated in disgusting ways-- there are no words for the anger inside for the people who inflict this pain. The movie makes a point to personalize the victims and, even the people you don't know very much about, you still know they are good people being treated the worst injustices in the world. Over the years, villains from any movie become this icon to society and I don't understand how people can look up to somebody they would hate and fear if they ever encountered somebody of the like, in real life.

    People somehow don't understand that when some sick people see movies like this, they become copy cats of Hannibal Lecter and Buffalo Bill. I despise the movie industry nowadays because it contributes to our already violent society, and it's always trying to outdo itself with the latest technology, the newest and scariest tacttics, and it's all for the sake of making some big bucks. I can't laugh at anything about this movie because there's nothing hilarious about six beautiful young and talented women being imprisoned in a well, skinned, and dumped at a river.

    Movies like this, no matter how well made, are full of crap. ...more info
  • Great movie and great Collector's Edition
    Don't think about buy it or not; buy it now, is a excellent collector's edition....more info
  • Kept me wanting more from start to finish
    The Silence of the Lambs is hard to recommend. Others who never dare to tread inside the mind or get shocked and scarred on the mere fact that a doctor who knows the mind also happens to eat people will hate this. The others that find darkness and the darkness of the human nature will find this movie one to think about, and will love it. I find it completely awesome that this movie covers so much of the dark side of human nature.

    First off, this movie is just incredibly well played out, directed, and acted. The music and the way everything is set up makes everything flow so well, and it drives the point home. Just witness how Clarice's first encounter with Hannibal. Everything is executed so well you can really feel tense anticipating that first encounter with a man who is said to rip you apart from the body to the mind. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, both well acted, they do a great job. Anthony Hopkins deserved all the awards, especially because he makes his character so memorable despite his small screen time. And props to Buffalo Bill as well, and the kidnapped daughter (I could really feel the distress she was going through down in that hole). You can really feel the characters.

    The story is the main part. Using a serial killer to find a serial killer is kind of absurd, but I found that Hannibal Lector is compelling as he is. He is the best serial killer in a movie. Having the brains of a genius who knows the mind more than someone knows themselves goes to show brains do help. The mere fact he knows that, along with being a cannibal, awesome. Watching a killer like that makes me wonder if there are people like Lector in the neighborhood. There could be people like that. It's very real (though to be fair, any idiot can put on a mask and weld a knife).

    The Silence of The Lambs may not scare you, so don't really write it off as this really scary movie that will make you shake all over if it doesn't. It's really just a fascinating, entertaining movie that will make you want more until the credits roll. Watch it. If you don't like it, that's fine, but you should just watch it. If you haven't, do it....more info
  • Why do standard DVD reviews list under Blu Ray reviews?
    Every one knows 'Silence of the Lambs' is a classic. So why have standard movie reviews on a Blu-Ray Pre-order? I'm keen to know details relating to the quality of the transfer and how this movie now looks in 1080p. Is it worth getting 'Silence of the Lambs' in Blu-Ray?...more info
  • it puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again
    Anthony Hopkins' Oscar-winning performance has made Hannibal Lecter one of the 3 most famous horror character icons born during The Age of Cinema. The other 2 of course (in no particular order) are Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates and Robert Englund as Freddie Krueger. Of course, I excluded characters invented before movies were invented, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, etc. But, Hopkins' portrayal of the brilliant shrink who has a taste for cannibalism is nothing short of exquisite. Just a casual conversation with Lecter sends a chill up your spine. Someone else portrayed the character in an earlier movie, but no one noticed. Hopkins perfected the role and made it his own. Jodie Foster also won an Oscar for her role as Clarice Starling, the FBI trainee who is sent to question Dr. Lecter in his underground cell in a mental institution for the criminally insane. She wants Lecter to help profile and maybe identify a serial killer who has been skinning young girls after killing them. The killer known as Buffalo Bill is also admirably portrayed by Ted Levine. (my title for this review is one of Buffalo Bill's famous lines from this film) There is not a lot of blood, violence or gross stuff shown in this flick. There's a little, but not much. This isn't supposed to be a slasher flick, but rather a psychological thriller that gets its bone-chilling effectiveness from the script, the actors and the suspense which is beautifully created by the patient director, Jonathan Demme. Effects such as close-up conversations with Lecter speaking right to the camera (as if the audience has Clarice's close-up view while speaking to him) helps with the spooky atmosphere of the film. I was never a huge Jodie F. fan, but she definitely deserved her Oscar in this film for her role as, the bravely-trying-to-hide-her-fear-and-do-her-job, smart and professional in the grim face of danger Clarice. Supurb script, acting and directing make for a suspenseful, spooky psychological thriller without much blood or grotesque imagery...again there is a little, but not too much. I'll admit I like blood and carnage and slasher flicks. But, I can greatly admire a film that can be spooky without going that route...especially a movie that is as finely crafted as this one. This movie is excellent at maintaining the spooky mood while building tension and suspense. It keeps you rivoted. Believe me, if you miss this movie, you'll eat your heart out. Or if you DON'T eat your heart out, maybe someone else will! ...more info
  • A delicious special edition served with fava beans
    If any film deserves a special edition, it is The Silence of the Lambs. Silence is a superb adaptation of Thomas Harris' book of the same title. Jonathan Demme directed what is quite possibly the finest serial killer film of all time. This film introduced Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lector and featured a stunning performance by Jodie Foster as the FBI agent who establishes a relationship with the legendary murderer in order to catch another killer, Buffalo Bill. Like Jaws, this film is a cultural icon.

    This special edition is loaded with extras on a second disc including fascinating outtakes, interviews with Demme and Foster, commentary. Literally EVERYTHING you could want to know about this film. Recipe cards for lamb dishes and fava bean delicacies are included. The special edition is a must-have for every dvd library.

    If you are fascinated by the Lector story, also check out the new 3-disc set containing this film plus Manhunter and Hannibal. Not so many extras, but a great set of films. By the way, don't let anyone talk you into buying "Red Dragon", a horribly miscast revision of "Manhunter"....more info
  • Good Movie
    Silence of the Lambs is one of my favorite movies. Amazon .com had it sent to me in a timely fashion and good working order...more info
  • Great Movie. But not in the league of "SE7EN"
    Great job by Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal) and Jodie Foster (Clarice). It wasn't scary or as yucky as people told me. I'm still one of the believers that "SE7EN" is a much superior movie. This was on O.K. movie. Intense, yes. But not that shocking. I don't understand what the talk has been about, all these years. I wasn't that impressed. Maybe I was trying too hard to compare Hopkins to Kevin Spacey. But then again, Hopkins has more space to develop in this movie than Spacey did. But Kevin Spacey didn't need it. There I go again - comparing. Oooooops! ...more info
  • Criterion Collection Disc
    This review will discuss the merits of the now rare and out of print Criterion Collection version of the film. One of the questions a viewer needs to ask him or herself is whether or not the added expense of a rare edition can be justified.

    The Criterion dics presents the film in a letter boxed widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 which appears to be the correct shooting format used by cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. The sound is standard 2.0 Dolby Surround. This is a fairly new film and the Criterion transfer appears to be reference quality. I have heard that there is an inexpensive collector's edition by MGM that presents the transfer as a widescreen anamorphic with a 5.1 surround mix. For pure picture quality either way you go is probably fine.

    There is really no reason to discuss the plotting of the film. It is well recognized that the acting by Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins as the two leads is amazing. Both went on to win Academy Awards for their work. The Ted Talley screenplay was also give the Oscar for iis adaptation of the Thomas Harris source material.

    The biggest feature of the Criterion Edition is a commentary track featuring director Jonathan Demme, actors Foster and Hopkins, screenwriter Talley and FBI agent John Douglas. As far as I can tell this is the only edition that offers a commentary track. The track is informative and is a good listen. The Criterion Disc features seven deleted scenes taken from a workprint (timecode is included). Most of these scenes are unnecessary but two reveal a dropped plotline that is rather interesting. The rest of the film extras include storyboard galleries and a storyboard to film comparison of the Memphis jail break.

    Two rather interesting features are pure textual. There is a lengthy series of excerpts from the FBI Field Classification Manual on Sexual Homicide prepared by John Douglas ans a feature called Voices of Death which is a series of quotes by convicted seriel killers prepared by Michael Newsom from his book. All in all these features compose a great deal of material on the criminal mind and should not be skipped.

    The Criterion Disc is well suited to fans of the film or to those with an interest in the subject matter. It is also well worth seeking out for the Criterion completist....more info
  • A classic oscar winning thriller!!!!!!
    I first seen this movie on Starz, and thought that this was a great movie. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins gave great performances that were worth the oscars they won that year. It kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time, especially the part where Clarice is in the dark with Buffalo Bill behind her wearing a pair of night vision goggles. Anthony Hopkins' performance as Hannibal Lecter was haunting, especially the part where he talks about eating the census taker's liver. A very excellent thriller....more info
  • A PSYCH-HORROR BON BON
    SILENCE OF THE LAMBS is, as far as I'm concerned, the greatest horror thriller in the history of cinema, despite the fact that there is relatively little gore in it compared to most of the hack-and-slash junk that seems to appeal to the computer-game-congested brains of the movie-going crowd in today's market. Anthony Hopkins created a character of such stunning, malignant intensity, in the 12 minutes he was on screen ( in the theatrical version ), that no one ( with the possible exception of Christopher Walken in PROPHECY ) has been able to equal it- or even come close to doing so. It is almost as if Thomas Harris envisioned him in the part when he wrote RED DRAGON ( though Brian Cox was quite effective in MANHUNTER, the Michael Mann TV version of that particular book ). A monster needs to feed, however, to be relevant on screen, and FBI agent Starling ( as portrayed so deftly by Jodie Foster ) provides a sweet, vulnerability, that is irresistable to the evil doctor.

    The cinematography, and the spare and stark photography by Lak Fujimoto helped to intensify the pschological bleakness of the film. The wonderful score by Howard Shore captured the mood beautifully.

    Jason, Michael, and Freddie all had to have weapons to wreak havoc, Hannibal only needed his voice. ...more info
  • No Way to this BLU -RAY.....2 star disc 5 star movie!
    Don't bother with this Blu-ray...
    I just watched the 2 disc collectors edition a couple days back and loved it so when I spotted this in the store today I snapped it up. Trouble is....without a serious A/B test....it didn't really look ANY better than the standard disc and is twice the price. Frankly ...I wish I had NOT purchased this on BLU-RAY and its one of my favorite movies. Much of this will no doubt be due to the available light photography for the film which doesn't upgrade well..but be warned. ...more info
  • Wow
    This is my favorite movie ever. With Jodie Foster as the vulnerable Clarice Starling, and Anthony Hopkins as the deadly Hannibal Lector it is not something you can afford to miss. Best movie by far, I am in love. ...more info
  • Silence of the Lambs
    I purchased the Criterion Edition for one reason only, that being the commentary provided by the director, writers and actors in the movie, which for some strange unfathomable reason, is not on any other edition.

    It was worth the wait to purchase and view this DVD, it being denied the full 5-star rating because it does NOT include a sub-title track so that one can listen to the commentary and follow the dialogue on-screen. This is a personal foible of mine, but may not be relevant to other purchasers.

    Otherwise a superlative product, which I recommend highly to anybody....more info
  • One of the Greatest Horror Films of All Time
    The Silence of the Lambs is a brilliant work of art. It is one of only three films to ever win all five major Academy Awards, and is definately deserving of this honour. It is extremely suspenseful and superbly acted. Criterion has put together an excellent DVD for the film that contains numerous fascinating special features. Amongst these is a commentary by Jonathan Demme, stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and FBI agent John Douglas, and is one of the best I have ever heard. The DVD does not contain region coding so it should operate on any DVD player in the world. This DVD should definately be in every collection. The Silence of the Lambs - The Criterion Collection is now out of print, and is no longer available from retailers. If you are searching for a brand new copy on the internet, as a guide, US $60.00 is a good price to aim for....more info
  • My favorite movie EVER
    ...this and The Godfather.

    This movie is brilliant; it's all about Hopkins' and Foster's acting. Yes, it can be horrifying and over-the-top, but this is NOT a "horror movie;" it's not camp. It's a brilliantly terrifying movie that will forever be a classic. Those who don't like it are uptight and have no taste in movies! :)...more info
  • Still bone-chilling.
    The Silence of the Lambs is still a top-notch horror film. The acting is superb, Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster are dynamite together even though the don't have a lot of scenes together. Ted Levine is the creepiest serial killer of all-time as Buffalo Bill. Not for the faint-hearted, definitely one to watch! Enjoy....more info
  • What a shame!
    I cannot believe that Yahoo users have voted this movie as the No.1 horror movie of all time and I wonder how after all these years many people are still lauding this movie. Maybe 5 or 10 minutes into the movie where they pull out the insect from the mouth of a corpse and I realised I was going to watch one of the most ridiculous movies ever and it sure lived up to that reputation.

    How many of the detectives out there in real life searching for serial killers (many of them who are still at large) are visiting disillusioned and demented psychopaths rotting in prison cells for advice on how to nab them? That is what this movie is all about. I really want to know how many students, teachers of psychology thought about the whole meeting a psychopath to get clues to the whereabouts of a serial killer thing. I particularly wanted their opinions on the conversations the two had. Particularly that incredible line this movie is famous for when Jodie says "He said he could smell my c**t." Maybe they were laughing at it all. Actually after I heard this line all I wanted to do was run out of the cinema but stayed back just to watch the remaining garbage. Jodie is a very talented actress and Anthony Hopkins one of the very best there is but I wonder what was going on in her mind as she said that obnoxious line in the movie. Don't tell me it was for the Oscar. Oh God! then please, please give it to her. Yeah, that's what they did. Besides that line the sessions between Jodie and Hannibal are preposterous filled with questions and answers that have no relation to the questions.

    In the unnecessarily prolonged climax scene where Jodie kills the killer (who is wearing night vision glasses) in total darkness was just outrageously ridiculous. Was it for this that Jodie went to consult the psychopath and speak that horrible line?

    But the way this movie generated a great-movie fervor and zeal is probably a success story for marketing. The super cast (Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster), the attractive movie poster and all the hype lead it all the way up to the Oscars where it netted the coveted ones, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture.

    Both Anthony Hopkins and Jodie won oscars for their roles but if you really want to see their true potential check out The Bounty for Anthony Hopkins and Contact, Flight Plan for Jodie to just name a few of the many good movies where Jodie and Anthony had more meaningful and purposeful roles.

    Doesn't Amazon have a zero star rating if not a negative rating?...more info
  • A great movie....
    The first time I ever viewed this film, I thought it was stupid, boring, and a waste of how ever much money they spent on making it. Last year I saw in on one of the HBO channels, so I watched it, and it was at the ending. I ran out to the store the next month and I bought it, and I feel like I robbed the store, because I got it for only five dollars.
    Anthony Hopkins does a fantastic job playing the psycho, and I was really brought into the mindframe that he was Hannibal Lector. I loved the ending sequence when she is blinded by darkness, and Buffalo Bill is stalking her in his home.
    This is a very suspenseful movie, and it has a terrific cast. I would recommend it to anyone....more info
  • Amazing
    In this pulse-pounding adaptation of Thomas J. Harris's novel, FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer; unfortunately, her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape. This movie is brilliant, great and deserves every compliment it recieves. It is incredibly scary and does not pull any cheap scares. Hannibal Lector is the most terrifying movie character of all time because he is not only a cannibal and ruthless killer, but he is also a brilliant man. He is capable of getting underneath someone's skin, no pun intended. Jodie Foster is incredible in this movie as she is in countless others. This movie is so scary and does not dissapoint at the end.Serial killer Buffalo Bill ( played by Ted levine) is another incredibly creepy character and is arguably scarier than Lector. To get the full impact of this movie watch it with the lights outto his escape ... and now, two deranged killers are on the loose....more info