About

FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape, and now two deranged killers are on the loose.

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Directed by

Jonathan Demme

Written by

Ted Tally (Screenplay)
Thomas Harris (Novel)
Kalina Ivanov (Storyboard)

Runtime

119 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

To enter the mind of a killer she must challenge the mind of a madman.

Cast

Keywords

murder based on novel or book serial killer psychopath kidnapping suspense horror cannibal psychological thriller fbi agent cannibalism moth

Photos

Lists

#23 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#367 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#74 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition AFI

#124 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

Awards

Oscar for Best Picture Ronald M. Bozman Edward Saxon Kenneth Utt

Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role Anthony Hopkins

Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role Jodie Foster

Oscar for Best Director Jonathan Demme