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Movie Analysis of Silence of The Lambs

Updated on July 26, 2013

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Movie Analysis of One of The Top Rated Movies of All-Time

One of the many movies reviews based on the book by Thomas Harris, The Silence of The Lambs stars Jodie Foster in this top movie of 1991 as Agent Clarisse Sterling, an FBI agent trainee, assigned to a high profile case before her career even starts to kick off the ground. The case involves tracking down a serial killer nicknamed Buffalo Bill who is terrorizing the nation with his kidnaps and killings. Agent Sterling was hand picked out of the FBI's basic training to try to extract critical information from Anthony Hopkins character, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, for the information on tracking down Buffalo Bill. Hannibal Lectar is a cannibal of the worst kind and the most ruthless killer on the planet.

Hannibal and Agent Sterling have many exchanges of intellectual dialogue back and forth throughout the course of the film. They have an amazing match of wits with each other that coincides with Dr. Lecter giving up some crucial information towards the capture of buffalo bill. The special privileges that were offered by Agent Sterling went a long way towards Dr. Lecter giving up this information, but Lecter's increasing fondness of the young FBI agent went a long way as well.

When the daughter of a Senator is kidnapped by Buffalo Bill, the investigation really heats up. Clarice extends special offers to Hannibal Lecter, including a getaway for a month out of the year to a private island, that turn out to be untrue.

Discussions between Dr. Lectner and agent sterling become very intimate which brings agent Sterling to tears as result. Dr. Lectner reaches back into the childhood of Agent Sterling in order to put together a puzzle of her life for his sick enjoyment. Of course Agent Sterling obliges in this quid pro quo engagement in order to extract crucial information from Hannibal to once and for all capture Wild Bill and boost her career.

When Hannibal is flown to Washington DC to confront the Senator of the daughter who was kidnapped and being held hostage, he manages to escape his holding cell. He kills off two of the guards and manages to rip one of their faces off in a really gruesome array of scenes. With Lecter gone, law enforcement is now left to capture Buffalo Bill without any more assistance.

With the information gathered from Lecter, they figure out that Jame Gumb knew the first victim personally. The FBI teams split apart with a team going to Jame Gumb's home in Illinois, and agent Sterling following up with witnesses in Ohio. Through her investigation in Ohio, Clarice is led to a home of "Jack Gordon" who later turns out to be Jame Gumb. While in the house, Clarice is able to recover the kidnapped Senator's daughter and shoot Buffalo bill dead in an amazing chain of events that unfold.

Anthony Hopkins is Hannibal Lecter

Anthony Hopkins Silence of The Lambs actor
Anthony Hopkins Silence of The Lambs actor

Movie Analysis

This movie is really captivating from start to finish. The Silence of The Lambs is an Oscar winning movie and one of the top rated movies of all time. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster both shine throughout this particular film and come to deliver two of their best performances in their careers. These two stars give riveting performances in this mystery thriller. The film is definitely a top movie for the ages. A classic film that any top rated movies lover will enjoy.

The way these stars played their respective roles and got into their respective characters is truly remarkable. When you watch Hannibal Lecter on film, you actually think you are watching a real life serial killer. This is how well Anthony Hopkins played his part. Jodie Foster did an amazing job in her role as well. She invigorated a style of acting that shined from beginning to end. I was amazed at this performance because it captures your attention and thoroughly draws you within her character. Based on the movie analysis, I believe this psycho-thriller to be one of the top ten movies of all time.

Official Silence of The Lambs Trailer

Famous Silence of The Lambs Quotes

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.” –Hannibal Lecter

"Do not touch the glass. Do not approach the glass. You pass him nothing but soft paper - no pencils or pens. No staples or paperclips in his paper. Use the sliding food carrier, no exceptions. If he attempts to pass you anything, do not accept it. Do you understand me?" - Dr Frederick Chilton

"They Don't have a name for what he is" - Agent Clarice Sterling

"Have those lambs stopped screaming yet, Clarice? - Hannibal Lecter


Jodie Foster is Agent Clarice Sterling

Jodie Foster Silence of The Lambs actress
Jodie Foster Silence of The Lambs actress

The Cast of Silence of The Lambs

The Silence of The Lambs cast and Director includes:

Directed by Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia, Manchurian Candidate) won the Oscar for best director.


  • Jodie Foster (Inside Man, Contact, Panic Room) - Clarice Sterling - Has won two Oscars and has a major role in the upcoming blockbuster Elysium starring Matt Damon.
  • Anthony Hopkins (Red Dragon, The Elephant Man, The Rite) - Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Born in Wales, Mr. Hopkins has an Oscar Win under his belt. Starred in the series of The Silence of The Lamb movies that have since come out.
  • Ted Levine (American Gangster, Shutter Island, Ali) - Jame Gumb - Currently filming Dig Two Graves along with Samantha Isler.
  • Frankie Faison (The Wire, Coming to America, Hannibal) - Barney - Born in Newport News Virginia, Frankie has many supporting roles throught his career.
  • Kasi Lemmons (Candyman, As The World Turns) - Adrelia Mapp -
  • Scott Glenn (The Hunt For Red October, Backdraft, Absolute Power) - Jack Crawford
  • Charles Napier (The Manchurian Candidate, The Blues Brothers) - Lt. Boyle


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