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Siskoid's avatar


Remains the King of thrillers and is SO memorable (and so often parodied) that I could hardly forget any of its plot points. Well, that's not true, actually. The Hannibal Lecter stuff is unforgettable, sure, but the Buffalo Bill case itself wasn't necessarily as imprinted on my brain. What struck me most this time around was the direction. The camera keeps placing us on the other side of conversations, making actors talk directly to the lens and involving us, peering into us like Lecter and Clarice both do. It's cleverly done and can be disconcerting, especially considering the psychopaths involved. No matter how well Jonathan Demme does (or Jodie Foster, for that matter), the day ultimately belongs to Anthony Hopkins, a depraved villain you somehow end up rooting for, particularly during his clever escape from prison. Not because you want him to kill anyone, but because he's earned his freedom through sheer intelligence. That said, it's too bad that freedom led to the cheesy grand gignol that is the sequel, Hannibal.
7 years 9 months ago
manwhonose's avatar


Ted Levine's Buffalo Bill is creepy, disturbing and completely off his head, but, at least he gives us a glimpse of humanity; Anthony Hopkinsā€™s Lecter is something else entirely. He is something animal, something completely monstrous. He is something akin to the Big Bad Wolf crossed with The Bogeyman, and all in the guise of an extremely measured, polite and respectable human being. Terrifying and brilliant.
10 years 1 month ago
saveferris's avatar


"Good evening, Clarice."
11 years 8 months ago
Nilofarish's avatar


This is one of the scariest movies I have ever seen! Doctor Hannibal Lecter is the scariest moviecharacter! The entire movie I was really curious about how it was going to end. And if they were going to be able to catch Buffallo Bill. That guy is also very crazy! Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins give their perfomance of a lifetime in this very scary but interesting thriller.
12 years 11 months ago
DisneyStitch's avatar


Sir Anthony Hopkins pretty much set the new standard for modern cinema when it came to creepy serial killers or really any mentally disturbed villains thereafter. This thriller will stick with you for a while and raised the bar for thriller movies to a pretty high level.
7 years 1 month ago
Dieguito's avatar


Anthony Hopkins in his best and most known performance. A great movie.
11 years 2 months ago
BENtoTHEchen's avatar


wow, unlike anything made nowadays, actually scary
11 years 5 months ago
George Bailey's avatar

George Bailey

I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti:)
12 years 5 months ago
Linkmaster89's avatar


Amazing. Great cast, unforgetable story and a strong intensity.

Do not watch it before you go to bed. You will think about it.
6 months 3 weeks ago
HenryBrowning's avatar


Very interesting movie
2 years ago
jakeindiana93's avatar


Demme's camerawork is so audacious and pays dividends - the number of scenes in which it is almost entirely the actors speaking direct to camera is brilliant (and often, haunting).
2 years 3 months ago
SpacePauls's avatar


Everything I know about pairing wines with fava beans, I learned from this movie.
5 years 1 month ago
Justinvdk's avatar


I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti

epic movie
11 years 6 months ago
leprechaunupindatree's avatar


Great movie. The book is even better!
11 years 7 months ago
George Bailey's avatar

George Bailey

What I didn't like about this movie was Brooke Smith's acting.... 9.8/10
12 years 4 months ago

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