R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
Brooke Smith gained twenty-five pounds for her role as Catherine Martin.
Starling! Starling! Crawford wants to see you in his office.
Clarice Starling: Thank you, sir.
Crawford tells Clarice that Miggs died by swallowing his tongue after Hannibal said something that made him cry. Literally swallowing one's tongue is impossible. However, an unconscious person's tongue may sag backwards and block their airway, leading to suffocation. This is what is usually referred to by the phrase. It is not a voluntary act.
The ending scene continues throughout the entire credits
$13,766,814 (USA) (15 February 1991)
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