R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Sir John Hurt, Christopher Lloyd, Dustin Hoffman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Louis Gossett, Jr., Robert Duvall, Jack Nicholson, and Robert De Niro were all considered for the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Jeremy Irons turned down the role. He'd just played Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune (1990), and didn't want to play another dark character.
Starling! Starling! Crawford wants to see you in his office.
Clarice Starling: Thank you, sir.
During Lecter's escape, when the SWAT team officer steps up on the step ladder, and prepares to open the elevator roof, he points his pistol at the trap door. The pistol is a Browning Hi-Power, which is a single action pistol, meaning that the hammer must be cocked for the pistol to fire. The hammer is not cocked in the scene.
There is a 'Moth Wrangler/Make-Up' listed in the crew list.
$13,766,814 (USA) (15 February 1991)
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