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The Silence of the Lambs (1992)

  • Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins
  • Director: Jonathan Demme
  • Genre(s): Thriller, Crime
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 118 min.

This FREE event is sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Library District as part of the ‘Oh, the Horror!’ program.

Summary: In pursuit of one serial killer, ambitious FBI student Clarice Starling (Foster) is forced to enlist the aid of another notorious killer, the incarcerated ex-psychiatrist known as “Hannibal the Cannibal” Lecter (Hopkins).

"Hopkins' cumulative screen image is one of civility and decency, and the association adds to the withering, macabre effect of his murderer. It is a remarkably lucid portrait of lunacy."
- Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Jonathan Demme's thriller is artful pulp -- tabloid material treated with intelligence and care and a weird kind of sensitivity."
- Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"Hopkins' performance may be the film's bravura showpiece, but Foster's goes the whole distance, steadfast, controlled, heartbreakingly insightful, a fine addition to her gallery of characterizations."
- Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"It's a bona fide classic of its kind."
- Eleanor Ringel Cater, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"For all the unbridled savagery on display, what is shrewd, significant and finally hopeful about Silence of the Lambs is the way it proves that a movie can be mercilessly scary and mercifully humane at the same time."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The interplay between Starling and Lector as they share an indefinable, dark understanding gives the film its unforgettable and unsettling power. "
- Judy Stone, San Francisco Chronicle
"Hopkins plays the cannibalistic doctor with a quiet, controlled erudition, lacing his performance with moments of black humor. His Lecter is a sort of satanic Sherlock Holmes whose spasms of violence are all the more terrifying because they erupt from beneath such an intelligent and refined mask. "
- TV Guide Magazine