Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Brooke Smith, Charles Napier, Roger Corman, Anthony Heald, Diane Baker, Christ Isaak
Young FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Foster) is dispatched to enlist the aid of the brilliant psychiatrist–and mass murderer–Dr. Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter (Hopkins) in the hope that he may help catch a brutal serial killer. Intrigued, Hannibal doles out tantalizing bits of information to the determined rookie eventually leading to a dark and extremely scary basement confrontation with the serial killer. Excellent portrayals of women who refuse to be victims. Brilliant performances from Hopkins and Foster.
Winner of an Academy Award for Best Picture. Oscars also went to Foster for Best Actress, Hopkins for Best Actor, Demme for Best Director, Tally for Best Adapted Screenplay. Based on the bestselling novel by Thomas Harris. The character of Hannibal Lecter appeared in an earlier book by Harris, Red Dragon, which was filmed as Manhunter.