The Silence of the Lambs

1991 horror film by Jonathan Demme
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The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American crime horror thriller movie. It was directed by Jonathan Demme. It stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. It is based on the novel by Thomas Harris. The movie is about psychopathic psychiatrist and cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter and FBI agent Clarice Starling. The movie was released in 1991.

The Silence of the Lambs
Directed byJonathan Demme
Screenplay byTed Tally
Based onThe Silence of the Lambs
by Thomas Harris
Produced by
CinematographyTak Fujimoto
Edited byCraig McKay
Music byHoward Shore
Strong Heart Productions
Distributed byOrion Pictures
Release dates
  • January 30, 1991 (1991-01-30) (New York City)
  • February 14, 1991 (1991-02-14) (United States)
Running time
118 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$19 million[2]
Box office$272.7 million[2]


In the movie, Clarice Starling, a young FBI worker, is sent to see the Dr. Lecter in prison to ask his advice on catching a serial killer called Buffalo Bill. Buffalo Bill has been kidnapping women and killing them.

When the movie was being made, the FBI helped with the making of the movie.[3] They used the movie to try to have more women join the FBI.[4][3]


Jonathan Demme won an Academy Award for Best Director. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins both won Academy Awards. The movie also won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. It became the third and most recent movie (the other two being 1934's It Happened One Night and 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) to win Academy Awards in all the major five categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It is also the only horror movie to have won the Oscar for Best Picture.[5]

Hopkins' performance as Lecter is one of the shortest lead acting Oscar-winning performances ever. Hopkins is only on screen for seventeen minutes in the movie.

Release datesEdit

Country Premiere
  United States 14 February 1991
  Italy 5 March 1991
  Norway 14 March 1991
  Greece 22 March 1991
  Sweden 22 March 1991
  Finland 29 March 1991
  Peru 4 April 1991
  France 10 April 1991
  Germany 11 April 1991
  Austria 12 April 1991
   Switzerland 12 April 1991 (German speaking region)
  Netherlands 12 April 1991
   Switzerland 17 April 1991 (French speaking region)
  Denmark 19 April 1991
  Israel 26 April 1991
  Australia 9 May 1991
  Hong Kong 10 May 1991
  Brazil 17 May 1991
  United Kingdom 31 May 1991
  Argentina 6 June 1991
  Serbia 7 June 1991
  Ireland 14 June 1991
  Japan 14 June 1991
  South Korea 15 June 1991
  Spain 6 September 1991
  Portugal 6 September 1991
  Uruguay 2 October 1991
  Turkey 11 October 1991
  Czechoslovakia 24 October 1991
  Poland 30 January 1992
  Hungary 27 March 1992

Related pagesEdit


  1. "The Silence of the Lambs". British Board of Film Classification. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Silence of the Lambs (1991)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on November 27, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "February 2021: 'The Silence of the Lambs' Business Cards". FBI. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  4. "10 Unsettling Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The Silence Of The Lambs". Screen Rant. 4 December 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  5. "10 Horror Movies That Won Oscars". CBR. 24 October 2021. Retrieved March 8, 2022.

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