The Silence of the Lambs
To Enter The Mind Of A Killer She Must Challenge The Mind Of A Madman.
( Crime / Horror / Thriller )

The Silence of the Lambs Poster

US Runtime: 118 min

Premiere Date:
Feb 13, 1991   [USA]
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Ted Tally   [screenplay]
Producers: Gary Goetzman   [Executive Producer]
Ronald M. Bozman   [Producer]
Edward Saxon   [Producer]
Kenneth Utt   [Producer]
Grace Blake   [Associate Producer]
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography: Tak Fujimoto
Edited by: Craig McKay
Costume Design: Colleen Atwood
Production Company: Orion Pictures Corporation


Jodie Foster
Clarice Starling
Anthony Hopkins
Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Scott Glenn
Jack Crawford
Anthony Heald
Dr. Frederick Chilton
Ted Levine
Jame Gumb
Frankie Faison
Barney Matthews
Kasi Lemmons
Ardelia Mapp
Paul Lazar
Dan Butler
Lawrence T. Wrentz
Agent Burroughs
Don Brockett
Frank Seals Jr.
Brooding Psychopath
Stuart Rudin
Multiple Miggs
Masha Skorobogatov
Young Clarice Starling
Leib Lensky
Mr. Lang
James B. Howard
Boxing Instructor
Bill Miller
Mr. Brigham
Chuck Aber
Agent Terry
Gene Borkan
Pat McNamara
Sheriff Perkins
Tracey Walter
Adelle Lutz
TV Anchor Woman
Obba Babatundé
TV Anchor Man
George Michael
TV Sportscaster
Diane Baker
Senator Ruth Martin
Roger Corman
FBI Director Hayden Burke
Ron Vawter
FBI Special Agent Paul Krendler
Charles Napier
Lieutenant Boyle
Jim Dratfield
Senator Martin's Aide
D. Stanton Miranda
1st Reporter
Rebecca Saxon
2nd Reporter
Danny Darst
Sergeant Tate
Cynthia Ettinger
Officer Jacobs
Brent Hinkley
Officer Murray
Steve Wyatt
Airport Flirt
Alex Coleman
Sergeant Pembry
Andre B. Blake
Tall Memphis Cop
Chris Isaak
SWAT Commander
Daniel von Bargen
SWAT Communicator
Tommy Lafitte
SWAT Shooter
Josh Broder
EMS Attendant
Buzz Kilman
EMS Driver
Harry Northup
Mr. Bimmel
Lauren Roselli
Stacy Hubka
Lamont Arnold
Flower Delivery Man
Lawrence A. Bonney
FBI Instructor
Lynette Jenkins
Nurse (uncredited)
Ted Monte
FBI Agent (uncredited)
Jeff Busch
EMS Attendant (uncredited)
John Hall
State Trooper (uncredited)
Chris McGinn
FBI Agent (uncredited)


Jeffrey T. Barabe
production assistant
Donna M. Belajac
additional casting: Pittsburgh
Staci A. Blagovich
extras casting: Pittsburgh
Andre B. Blake
production assistant
Michael Burke
Nzingha Clarke
apprentice film editor
John Crowder
location coordinator: Washington D.C.
Victoria Dee
production auditor
John Donohue
dolly grip
Russell Engels
Richard Ericson
dialect consultant
Robin Fajardo
assistant to Mr. Utt
Paul Giorgi
stage manager
Gus Holzer
location coordinator: Bimini, Bahamas
Thomas A. Imperato
financial representative
Alan Jacques
Tony C. Jannelli
camera operator
Mary A. Kelly
Patricia LaMagna
assistant: Ms. Foster
John Leonidas
transportation captain
Jay Levy
additional assistant camera
Annie Loeffler
Bruce MacCallum
first assistant camera
Ann F. Markel
accounting assistant
Maria Alaina Mason
production assistant
Larry McConkey
steadicam operator
Michael McCue
Raymond A. Mendez
moth wrangler and stylist
Cristie Miele
dog trainer
Billy Miller
key grip
Matt Miller
Walt Oggier
police consultant
David Orr
color timer
Brian S. Osmond
camera trainee
Lucas Platt
assistant to Mr. Demme
Dennis Radesky
transportation co-captain
John E. Rawlins
entomological consultant
Andrew Sands
assistant production coordinator
Steve Shareshian
assistant production auditor
Neri Kyle Tannenbaum
location manager
Hartsell Taylor
wardrobe supervisor
Gina White
production assistant
Benjamin Wilson
wardrobe assistant

Miscellaneous Companies:

c-5, inc.
sound effects and foleys produced at
General Camera Corporation
location services
J.G. Films Inc.
negative matching
M & Co.
main titles design
R/Greenberg Associates Inc.
titles and opticals
Sound One Corporation
sound mixed at
The Erickson Agency
extras casting: virginia

Filming Locations: (Now With Clickable Links To Location On Google Maps)


Tech Info:

Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Color Info:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Cinematographic Process:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1
Film Negative Format:
35 mm
Printed Film Format:
35 mm


  • Hannibal Lecter: I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner. Bye.
  • Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
  • Hannibal Lecter: Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center. Sounds charming.
    Clarice Starling: That's only part of the island. There's a very, very nice beach. Terns nest there. There's beautiful...
    Hannibal Lecter: [cuts her off] Terns? If I help you, Clarice, it will be "turns" for us too. I tell you things, you tell me things. Not about this case, though. About yourself. Quid pro quo. Yes or no? [pause] Yes or no, Clarice? Poor little Catherine is waiting.
    Clarice Starling: Go, doctor.
  • Hannibal Lecter: Now then, tell me. What did Miggs say to you? Multiple Miggs in the next cell. He hissed at you. What did he say?
    Clarice Starling: He said, "I can smell your c**t."
    Hannibal Lecter: I see. I myself cannot. You use Evian skin cream, and sometimes your wear L'Air du Temps, but not today.
  • Hannibal Lecter: Amputate a man's leg and he can still feel it tickling. Tell me mum, when your little girl is on the slab, where will it tickle you?


  • When Demme filmed the scene where Lecter and Starling first meet, Anthony Hopkins said he should look directly at the camera as it panned into his line of sight. He felt Lecter should be portrayed as "knowing everything."
  • Only the third movie to win all five major Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. The others were Frank Capra's It Happened One Night and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
  • Anthony Hopkins spontaneously invented the slurping sound on the set. Everyone loved it, but Jonathan Demme apparently got really sick of it after a while.
  • Anthony Hopkins described his voice for Hannibal Lecter as, "a combination of Truman Capote and Katharine Hepburn."
  • Brooke Smith (Catherine Martin) and Ted Levine (Buffalo Bill) were actually very close on the set, making Jodie Foster refer to Brooke as "Patty Hearst" (meaning a woman that is actually close with her kidnapper).

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