Rated: R for violence, profanity and nudity Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: February 13, 1991
The Silence of the Lambs written by Thomas Harris is the kind of book that you read in broad daylight, with the drapes wide open and people in the next room. It's the kind of book that is so frightening and violently graphic you're sure no none could ever make a movie from it. Director Jonathan Demme has, and it's every bit as chilling as the novel.
Jodie Faster plays Clarice Starling, an F.B.I. trainee sent by her Behavioral Science Supervisor, Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) to interview psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal, The Cannibal, Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant, Psychopathic serial killer, who has been incarcerated for eight years in a dungeon-like asylum. TheF.B.I. wants Dr. Lecter to give a psychological profile to aid in capturing a serial killer who has committed heinous murders of five young women and kidnapped the daughter of a state senator. Before helping, Dr. Lecter wants a deal. He'll give clues into the psyche of the killer, if he's transferred to a federal penitentiary with a window in his cell.
Jodie Foster is wonderful as the rookie agent attempting to match wits against a madman and Anthony Hopkins, a normally handsome man, is transformed into loathsome Hannibal Lector. He's terrific as the psychiatrist who likes to toy with his victim's mind before killing. Whenever he is on the screen, he is repulsive.
The film is not for the faint of heart. There are graphic descriptions of murders and numerous views of mutilated bodies in various stages of decay. If you are an avid fan of horror films, this one is intensely acted, superbly written and devastatingly scary.
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