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.
For the film's sequel and prequel, characters appearing in the mental hospital were never re-cast: Anthony Heald returned in Red Dragon (2002), and Sir Anthony Hopkins and Frankie Faison returned for that film and Hannibal (2001). All of the F.B.I. employees, however, were re-cast in the sequel and prequel: Jodie Foster was replaced ... ...
Starling! Starling! Crawford wants to see you in his office.
Clarice Starling: Thank you, sir.
The same newspaper clipping from the National Inquisitor with the headline "Bill Skins Fifth" appears on the wall of Jack Crawford's office at the beginning of the film, and on the wall of Buffalo Bill's trophy room at the end. The text of the article is actually not about Buffalo Bill at all: it is the story of how Hannibal Lecter was arrested for a "brutal murder" in which "reportedly acts of cannibalism were a factor in the death". The victim, named as Stuart Heart, is inconsistently described as a museum curator, as an entymologist, and as the creator of a liver disease drug. The story includes a quote from "Special Agent Jack Crawford".
The story's text can be seen in its proper place during Clarice's research on the microfiche, in the Washington Dispatch story headlined "Renowned Psychiatrist Charged in Murder".
The producers wish to thank Adele, Bobby and the rest of the gang at Bufa's.
$13,766,814 (USA) (15 February 1991)
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