The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
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Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn, Anthony Hopkins
The Silence of the Lambs ranked # 65 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. It is based on the novel by Thomas Harris, his second to feature sociopathic psychiatrist and cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In the film, Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, is sent to see the imprisoned Lecter in order to ask his expert advice on catching a serial killer given the name Buffalo Bill, who is abducting women and skinning them.
The film adaptation was released in 1991. Jonathan Demme won an Academy Award for Best Director. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins both won Oscars (for their roles as Clarice Starling and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, respectively); the film won additional Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. Thus, it is the last of the only three films to win the five most prestigious Academy Awards (after It Happened One Night, 1934 and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1975).
Also, Hopkins' performance as Lecter remains one of the shortest lead acting Oscar-winning performances ever, as Hopkins is only on screen for seventeen minutes in the entire film.
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