The Silence of the Lambs

1991 thriller movie directed by Jonathan Demme

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, which was the second novel about psychopathic psychiatrist and cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In the movie, Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, 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 abducting women and skinning them.

The movie was released in 1991. Jonathan Demme won an Academy Award for Best Director. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins both won Academy Awards (for their playing Clarice Starling and Dr. Hannibal Lecter). The movie also won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. It is one of only three movies to win the five most important Academy Awards.

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

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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

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