The Silence of the Lambs

Synopsis: FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, including trying to hide or put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After graduation, she aspires to work in the agency's Behavioral Science Unit under the leadership of Jack Crawford. While she is still a trainee, Crawford does ask her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist imprisoned thus far for eight years in maximum security isolation for being a serial killer, he who cannibalized his victims. Clarice is able to figure out the assignment is to pick Lecter's brains to help them solve another serial murder case, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill who has so far killed five victims, all located in the eastern US, all young women who are slightly overweight especially around the hips, all who were drowned in natural bodies of water, and all who were stripped of large swaths of skin. She also figures that Crawford
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Jonathan Demme
Production: Orion Pictures Corporation
  Won 5 Oscars. Another 54 wins & 44 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.6
Metacritic:
85
Rotten Tomatoes:
95%
R
Year:
1991
118 min
1,227 Views


BRIGHAM:

Starling's reaction time was

excellent. Let's break. Critique in

five.

A class of about forty young FBI trainees, of both sexes,

begins to rise from their seats, mingling and chatting.

Clarice nods amiably to the "Suspect", then gives her

"Hostage" a hand up. It's ARDELIA MAPP, her roommate. Her

broad, clever face breaks into a big smile, as they both

remove ear plugs. Clarice's voice has just a soft trace of

southern accent.

ARDELIA:

Damn, Clarice, how'd you make me?

CLARICE:

(indicating her gun)

Never cock. Just squeeze.

ARDELIA:

(grins)

I love it when you talk dirty.

As Brigham joins them, Clarice can't resist a star pupil's

little smile of pride. He frowns good-naturedly.

BRIGHAM:

What're you laughin' at, Junior G-

Man? She got off four rounds to your

two.

He takes out a steel-coiled grip flexer, drops it onto her

palm.

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Ted Tally

Ted Tally (born April 9, 1952) is an American playwright and screenwriter. A graduate of Yale, he has received awards including the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Writers Guild of America Award, the Chicago Film Critics Award, and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. more…

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