Photo by MGM
In February 14 1991, was released the iconic movie ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’. The film talks about a young FBI agent, Clarice Starling, who is assigned to help find a missing woman to save her from a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. Clarice attempts to gain a better insight into the twisted mind of the killer by talking to another psychopath Hannibal Lecter, who used to be a respected psychiatrist. FBI agent Jack Crawford believes that Lecter, who is also a very powerful and clever mind manipulator, has the answers to their questions and can help locate the killer. However, Clarice must first gain Lecter’s confidence before the inmate will give away any information.
Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney
Director: Jonathan Demme
To celebrate the 25th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster only share four scenes throughout the course of the film.
- In preparation for his role, Anthony Hopkins studied files of serial killers. Also, he visited prisons and studied convicted murderers and was present during some court hearings concerning serial killings.
- The film surpassed its budget in its first week of release.
- The idea to use glass in Lecter’s Baltimore cell as opposed to traditional bars came from production designer Kristi Zea. The idea came about because director Jonathan Demme was unhappy shooting the Lecter scenes through bars, as he felt they negated the sense of intimacy between Lecter and Starling which he was trying to achieve.
- Notoriously private and shy, Thomas Harris declined the opportunity to be involved in the film in any way, though he did wish the cast and crew the best of luck with the adaptation.
- When Anthony Hopkins’ agent rang him up in London to tell him that he was sending him a script called “The Silence of the Lambs”, Hopkins immediately thought he might be going up for a children’s movie.
- The real-life FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit assisted in the making of this film.
- Gene Hackman bought the rights to “The Silence of the Lambs.” He planned to direct the film and play either Lecter or Jack Crawford. He withdrew after watching a clip of himself in Mississippi Burning (1988) at the The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989), which made him uneasy about taking more violent roles.
- The first film widely available on home video at the time of the Academy Awards ceremony to win Best Picture.
- According to Jonathan Demme, there were 300 applicants for the role of Clarice Starling. Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry auditioned for the role, and Andie MacDowell was also considered. Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfeiffer and Melanie Griffith turned the role down because of the disturbing subject matter. Kim Basinger was considered, but after Batman (1989), she was deemed too expensive.
- Jonathan Demme cast Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter based on his performance as Dr. Frederick Treves in The Elephant Man (1980). Hopkins has himself said that he felt the sharing-and-caring role of Dr. Frederick Treves was rather dull.
- The skull in the poster is formed by 7 women bodies, based on Dali’s work.