R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young FBI cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
The second film to feature the character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the first being Manhunter (1986), where Hannibal's last name was spelled "Lecktor", just like in the books.
Starling! Starling! Crawford wants to see you in his office.
Clarice Starling: Thank you, sir.
In the autopsy scene, when they are removing the death's head pupa from the corpse's mouth, the actress playing the corpse softly gasps when the forceps enter her mouth.
There is a 'Moth Wrangler/Make-Up' listed in the crew list.
The Finnish VHS version removes Hannibal Lecter beating Pembry against the cell's bars, and spraying liquid to his eyes (along with the shots of the cuffed guard screaming Jesus Christ!, and a shot of him trying to break loose). 2. Lecter beating a guard with a nightstick several times (reduced from six hits to one!). 3. A outdrawn sequence that comes right after Lecter has whacked the guards (where he plays music and walks across the dead guard's body) is completely removed (along with Lecter's dialogue Ready when you are, sergeant Pembry). 4. Right after Buffalo Bill is shot by Clarice Starling there is a long-lasting (about fifteen secs) shot of his bloody dead body, that in the cut version is not that long anymore.
$13,766,814 (USA) (15 February 1991)