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.
To everyone's surprise, reclusive author Thomas Harris sent all the Oscar recipients a case of wine.
Starling! Starling! Crawford wants to see you in his office.
Clarice Starling: Thank you, sir.
The FBI is unable to find a pattern in the killings because the first victim was the third corpse they found, and it is not until Clarice goes over Lecter's notes that she realizes that Buffalo Bill must have known his first victim, something the FBI apparently never thought of. However, the FBI generally assume that serial killers start by killing people they know.
The ending scene continues throughout the entire credits
Criterion's Special Edition on DVD features outtake footage not included in the theatrical version, including:
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