About

Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

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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 fbi suspense horror cannibal psychological thriller cannibalism moth

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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