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The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American psychological horror film directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Ted Tally, adapted from Thomas Harris' 1988 novel. It stars Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee who hunting a serial killer, "Buffalo Bill" (Ted Levine), who skins his female victims. To catch him, she seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. Scott Glenn and Anthony Heald also feature. The film was the second Harris film adaptation to feature Lecter, preceded by Manhunter (1986).

Plot

Clarice Starling is pulled from her FBI training at the Quantico, Virginia FBI Academy by Jack Crawford of the Bureau's Behavioral Science Unit. He assigns her to interview Hannibal Lecter, a former psychiatrist and incarcerated cannibalistic serial killer. Lecter's insight could prove useful in the pursuit of a serial killer nicknamed "Buffalo Bill", who kills young women and removes their skin.

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    award Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor National Board of Review Award for Best Director National Board of Review Award for Best Film National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor National Board of Review: Top Ten Films National Film Registry New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director Saturn Award for the Best Actor Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
    contentLocation Baltimore Illinois Memphis Ohio Quantico Virginia Washington, D.C.
    director Jonathan Demme
    editor Craig McKay
    events offender profiling serial killer
    genre crime drama horror thriller
    keywords acherontia styx behavioral science unit bimini buffalo bill build case file clarice starling cock criminally insane dark room death\'s head moth dr. frederick chilton even fbi fbi hrt fly fool\'s gold frederick chilton graduation party hannibal lecter hear jack crawford misleading information night-vision goggles old friend phone call police escort profile quid pro quo scream severed head spring train transgender woman transsexual trap traumatic childhood unfinished young women
    musicBy Howard Shore
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
    producer Edward Saxon Kenneth Utt Ron Bozman
    productionCompany Strong Heart Productions
    publisher Orion Pictures
    recordedAt Carnegie Museum of Natural History FBI Academy Layton Old Allegheny County Jail Pittsburgh Pittsburgh International Airport South Bimini Airport
    theme lgbt-related psychological horror serial killer