The Silence of the Lambs

1991 film 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. 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.



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  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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