Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

logoDirector: Jonathan Demme

Writer: Ted Tally (Screenplay) Thomas Harris (Novel)

Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Anthony Heald, Ted Levine


Plot: A young F.B.I cadet Clarice Starling (Foster) gets a chance to solve one of the biggest cases.  Clarice has to interview a highly intelligent serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins) and after she becomes the first cadet to get any information out of him she is set back in to try and collect enough information to catch another serial killer Buffalo Bill.


Verdict: 23 years on still a masterpiece yet to be challenged

Story: On paper this a very simple story, but ends up becoming one of the most complex stories turned to film. Following up the events of Man Hunter and Red Dragon same film different versions we learn that Hannibal is a form of icon to the serial killer world. The story creates not one psycho villain but two, both driven by different motives and also as twisted as each other. One is proud well-spoken while the other is the more dark loner type. While many films have tried to create a serial killer, cop relationship this one manages to achieve the best I have seen. (10/10)


Actor Review: Jodie Foster – Clarice the young cadet who has a dark past which drives her to be the best she can be. Foster puts in her best performance of her career her winning an Oscar in the process. She adds an ability to come over very cold but also being very connected to everyone, very difficult to see and achieve. Star Performance Award (10/10)


Actor Review: Anthony Hopkins – Hannibal Lecter the serial killer who likes to have old friends for dinner. This is quite possibly the most icon villain ever to grace the screen. Hopkins won an Oscar to match the quality in the performance and from the first moment you meet him he will control every scene on the screen. Iconic Performance Award (10/10)


Actor Review: Ted Levine – Buffalo Bill the transsexual serial killer with a love of moths. With the two brilliant lead performances Ted’s performance seems to always get overlooked, he is the guy they are trying to catch after all. He has to become different to Hannibal and he does achieve this and the final scene with Clarice talk about edge of your seat. (9/10)


Director Review: Jonathan Demme – This was his peak of his career before a rather big decline in the early 2000s. He does an amazing job here creating an atmosphere that stays from start to finish. (10/10)


Crime: One of the best investigation heavy films (10/10)

Drama: Great drama the film uses smarter words and scenes rather than all guns a blazing to create all the scenes in which Hannibal, Buffalo Bill and Clarice. (10/10)

Thriller: Edge of your seat scenes left right and centre, characters you don’t know what they will do next. (10/10)

Special Effects: Great special effects used in the Hannibal scenes. (9/10)

Believability: As Buffalo Bill is based on two different real life serial killers you have to say it is quite believable. (6/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Suggestion: It is an instant classic that sweep all the awards this is something every film fan should have seen at least once. (Watch)


Best Part: Lights out Clarice.

Worst Part: Really nothing.

Kill Of The Film:  Hannibal’s escape.

Favourite Quote: Hannibal ‘Well Clarice – have the lambs stopped screaming yet?’

Oscar Chances: Won 5 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Writing

Chances of Sequel: Has a sequel, and two prequels.


Overall: Masterpiece that will never age


Rating 98

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