It’s brilliantly made dark psychological thriller which gave one of the most dangerous character of Hollywood cinema - ‘Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The movie is a screen adaptation of best selling novel by the same name written by Thomas Harris.
Clarice is FBI trainee goes to interview Dr Hannibal the cannibal to solve the puzzling serial killer Buffalo Bill who skins his victims & keeps them in a pit in his basement. The current captive is US senator’s daughter & Dr. Hannibal is the only available clue of the case. Its interplay between Clarice & Dr. Hannibal which made it unsettling thrill ride of 2 hours. As he helps to solve Buffalo Bill case, he digs deep into Clarice’s hidden psyche.
Every technical aspects of the film are just immaculate & gives you thrill feel from the beginning to end.
It’s waste of words if I say much about the performances since the film swept the Oscars, winning Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Director (Jonathan Demme), Best Picture, & Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally). This is the third film who won Oscars in all 5 major categories; the other two were- ‘It happened one night’ & ‘One flew over cuckoo’s nest’. Hopkins won the Best Actor despite being in the film for about 30 minutes, may be the shortest screen appearance for any best actor winner & that itself proves that Anthony Hopkins has delivered his best in it. I have watched ‘Red Dragon’ & ‘Hannibal’ made in the same legacy of this one but after watching this today I must say this will remain matchless classic.