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131 min
Crime | Drama | Thriller
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Ridley Scott
7 wins & 14 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 2001-02-09
Filming Locations: Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Budget: $87,000,000
Opening Weekend: $58,003,121 (USA) (11 February 2001)
Gross: $165,091,464 (USA) (5 August 2001)
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
Francesca Neri
Francesca Neri
Anthony Hopkins
Hannibal Lecter
Gary Oldman
Mason Verger
Ray Liotta
Paul Krendler
Frankie Faison
Nurse Barney
Zeljko Ivanek
Dr. Cordell Doemling
Hazelle Goodman
Evelda Drumgo
David Andrews
FBI Agent Pearsall
Francis Guinan
FBI Asst. Director Noonan
James Opher
DEA Agent John Eldridge
Ivano Marescotti
Fabrizio Gifuni
Alex Corrado
Marco Greco
Robert Rietty
Terry Serpico
Officer Bolton
Boyd Kestner
Special Agent Burke
Peter Shaw
Special Agent John Brigham
Kent Linville
Geoffrey, FBI Mail Boy
Don McManus
Asst. Mayor Benny Holcombe
Harold Ginn
Larkin Wayne, I.A.B.
Ted Koch
BATF Agent Bob Sneed
William Powell-Blair
FBI Agent (as Wm. Powell Blair II)
Aaron Craig
'Il Mostro' Detective
Andrea Piedimonte
Agent Franco Benetti
Ennio Coltorti
Ian Iwataki
Young Boy in Plane
Mark Margolis
Perfume Expert
Ajay Naidu
Perfume Expert
Kelly Piper
Perfume Expert
Bruce MacVittie
FBI Tech with Lecter's Letter
Andrew C. Boothby
Police Officer
Kenneth W. Smith
Police Sergeant
Judie Aronson
News Reporter
Tom Trigo
News Reporter
Sam Wells
News Reporter
Ricardo Miguel Young
News Reporter (as Ric Young)
Joseph M. West Jr.
News Reporter
Roberta Armani
Johannes Kiebranz
Mr. Konie
Bruno Lazzaretti
Danielle de Niese
Ray Bullock
Extra (uncredited)
Heidi Burger
Shopper (uncredited)
Robert Randolph Caton
Upscale Business Man (uncredited)
Douglas Crosby
Undercover DEA Agent (uncredited)
Renne Gjoni
FBI Agent Michaels (uncredited)
Gano Grills
Red Scarf Gang Banger (uncredited)
Jamie Harrold
Baltimore State Forensic Hospital Caretaker
Chuck Jeffreys
Gang Banger with Machine Gun (uncredited)
Cal Johnson
Swat Team Leader
Raymond H. Johnson
FBI Agent (uncredited)
Rick Kain
FBI Agent (uncredited)
Jalil Jay Lynch
Gang Banger in Basket Ball T-Shirt (uncredited)
Phil Neilson
Undercover DEA Agent (uncredited)
Frank Principe
Shopper (uncredited)
Leo Rogstad
Metro-Goer (uncredited)
Franco Maria Salamon
Italian Detective (uncredited)
Derrick Simmons
Evelda Drumgo's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Brian Smyj
FBI Agent (uncredited)
Sebastiano Somma
Newspaper Vendor in Florence (uncredited)
Peter Theo
Italian Market Vendor (uncredited)
Anthony Wanzer
Jogger (uncredited)
Gus Williams
Gang Banger with Shotgun (uncredited)
Did you know?
Sheep entrails from a local butcher shop were used for Pazzi's disembowelment scene.
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The outdoor opera, Dante's "La Vita Nuova", which Dr. Lecter and Mr. Pazzi see in Florence, was especially composed for the movie. Composer Patrick Cassidy did not stop at the three minute part as performed in the movie, but composed an entire aria, "Vide Cor Meum".
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Hannibal asks Pazzi about being demoted from the Il Mostro case. Il Mostro was a serial killer about whom Hannibal gives clues to Pazzi. This was a subplot that was filmed but never used as it was thought to be too complicated.
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At dinner, Clarice grabs the butter knife, but in a later shot when the camera is focused on Hannibal/Paul, she grabs it again before attempting to attack Hannibal as he approaches her with wine.
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The web site Pazzi accesses about Lecter begins with "In 1992..." Later shots show the same text beginning with "In 1990..."
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The right side of the van following Clarice from her house is damaged with a headlight that does not match the undamaged, left side. Later, as the van is seen before crashing into items, the damage is missing and the headlight matches the other side.
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Hannibal Lecter: This is really gonna hurt.
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Hannibal Lecter: Dear Clarice, I have followed with enthusiasm the course of your disgrace and public shaming. My own never bothered me, except for the inconvenience of being incarcerated. But you may lack perspective.
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Hannibal Lecter: Okie dokie, let's drag these down. They must be as heavy as bodies.
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Did Hannibal really chop off his hand?
It's never made certain. Hannibal, when he says "above or below the wrist?" suggests that he did but he could have been threatening to cut off Clarice's hand in order to scare her into giving him the key. It's also possible Hannibal chopped off only his thumb to wriggle out of the cuff. What is certain is that he definitely did not try to cut through the chain on the cuffs; it would have been too unbelievable and he clearly doesn't have the use of that hand in the final scene.
Why did Mason Verger cut off his own face?
Mason was a sexual deviant who was also infatuated with Lecter. Lecter had given him a 'popper' [in the book, a mixture of hallucinogenic and hypnotic drugs] before suggesting that he cut off his face and feed it to the dogs. Verger was based on the real case of a man named Michael who, while under the influence of PCP, did the same thing -- cut off parts of his face and fed them to some dogs. For more information on Michael, see here.
Why didn't Jodie Foster return to play Clarice Starling?
In an interview for Total Film magazine, Foster said:The official reason I didn't do Hannibal is I was doing another movie, Flora Plum. So I get to say, in a nice dignified way, that I wasn't available when that movie was being shot... Clarice meant so much to Jonathan and I, she really did, and I know it sounds kind of strange to say but there was no way that either of us could really trample on her.
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Photos from cast
Julianne Moore Giannina Facio Giancarlo Giannini Enrico Lo Verso Francesca Neri