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A 1991 American thriller about FBI trainee Clarice Starling who must enlist the help of notorious murderer and cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to track down Buffalo Bill, a serial kidnapper and killer.

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Why does Lecter help the Feds?

FBI agents approach Hannibal Lecter seeking his insight in tracking down killers but Lecter doesn't strike me as someone who'd help out of the goodness of his heart- what's in it for him?
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What made Lector to change his mind and advice Clarice to go visit a previous patient of him [duplicate]

I know the answer would be 'because Miggs threw semen at her'. Now did that made Lector feels sorry and offended for Clarice and he just wanted to help her or did he decide to tell her because he knew ...
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Buffalo Bill's history of abuse

In Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal Lecter tells Clarice Starling that Our Billy wasn't born a criminal, Clarice. He was made one through years of systematic abuse. Billy hates his own identity, and as ...
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Significance of Photos in Silence of The Lambs

I have recently watched The Silence of The Lambs. Near the climax of the story, there is a part when Agent Starling goes to Frederica Bimmel's room and opens a secret compartment in a musical box. ...
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Why didn't the FBI use a sketch artist to find Buffalo Bill?

In The Silence of the Lambs, if Hannibal already knows Buffalo Bill and was willing to help the FBI, it seems easier to use a sketch artist and then release the photo to the public to find Buffalo ...
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How does Clarice deduce that Buffalo Bill knew his first victim?

In Silence of the Lambs, how does Clarice and her friend deduce that the killer Buffalo Bill knew his first victim Fredrica Bimmel? I watched this particular scene several times, but still couldn't ...
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Is it realistic to build a well in the basement?

In the movie, The Silence of the Lambs, Buffalo Bill imprisons his victims in a well located under the house he lives in. That well could have been there before Buffalo Bill starts living in there. I ...
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What happens to Dr. Chilton?

In The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Dr. Lecter calls the newly appointed agent Starling and informs her that he is having an old friend for dinner before hanging up the phone and starts following ...
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Why did Hannibal hiss at Clarice during their first meeting?

When Hannibal first meets Clarice, he talks about how he cannibalized a census taker: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. He follows that ...
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Why, even after his imprisonment, do people keep calling Hannibal Lecter "Doctor"?

In "The Silence of the Lambs", "Hannibal", and "Red Dragon" almost every character that I remember addresses Hannibal Lecter as "Dr. Lecter", even after he was imprisoned for being a serial killer. ...
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Why does Hannibal Lecter look away when talking to Clarice about her father's death and her childhood but looks her in the eye otherwise?

In The Silence of the Lambs, why does Hannibal Lecter look away when talking to Clarice about her father's death and her childhood but looks her in the eye otherwise? In fact, in another scene in the ...
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Did Dr. Hannibal Lecter like Clarice or was he attracted to her?

In The Silence of the Lambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter had drawn a picture of Clarice in prison. The picture is seen here: Drawing a picture of her indicates that he was thinking more about her. Again, he ...
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Why is there one broken note in the opening music of The Silence of the Lambs? [closed]

There are two broken notes in the opening music for the movie The Silence of the Lambs. I have purchased the HD4k version of this movie from iTunes and it has exactly the same broken note. The ...
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Why was a FBI Academy recruit sent to question Hannibal Lecter?

If Agent Starling had not yet graduated from the FBI why was she sent to interview Hannibal Lecter? She had not finished her training yet she was allowed to carry a gun and a badge. Is this standard ...
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Why was Hannibal Lecter imprisoned in what appears to be a museum?

During The Silence of the Lambs Hannibal Lecter is briefly jailed in a building that looks like a museum. I didn't catch any explanation for choosing this rather unusual place. If I got the story ...
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How did Jame Gumb get to live in Mrs Lippman's House?

In The Silence of the Lambs, the serial killer Jame Gumb is living in Mrs Lippman's house, where he keeps his victims, having murdered her (and, apparently, not even bothered to dispose of her body). ...
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Why does Dr. Hannibal Lecter respect Clarice in "Silence of the Lambs"?

In Silence of the Lambs (1991), the wicked, manipulative Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) seems to have esteem for the naive FBI student Clarice (Jodie Foster). Evidences: At first, Lecter agrees ...
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Did Hopkins and Demme purposefully include allusions to Mantegna's paintings of St. Sebastian in "Silence of the Lambs"?

Did Hopkins and Demme purposefully include allusions to Mantegna's paintings of St. Sebastian in Silence of the Lambs? It seems so obvious to me but I can find no reference to it online. I would like ...
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Purpose of Hannibal's mask

I recently watched Silence of the Lambs (1991) and was wondering what Hannibal's mask actually does and why he needs it. When I first saw it, I thought it stopped him talking as people have been ...
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Meaning of the Silence of the Lambs poster

I watched The Silence of the Lambs a couple of years ago. Yesterday I saw its poster online. It has a girl (which I am thinking is Clarice Starling, if I am not wrong) and a moth (or maybe a butterfly)...
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Hannibal movies' lack of information

Recently I have finished all of the Hannibal movies with Anthony Hopkins. I find them very interesting, but I have one disappointment. In the movies, even though it is shown as if the serial killers ...
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Why did the FBI want to extract information about Buffalo Bill from Hannibal Lecter?

If Lecter is also a criminal then why did the investigation team trust him in The Silence of the Lambs? Why would a criminal give correct information about another criminal?
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What did the title of Silence of the Lambs refer to?

I just saw The Silence of the Lambs (1991). So what exactly does "silence of the lambs" mean? It was not clear to me.
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Why does cat point to the answer/safety/salvation in the Silence of the Lambs?

The cat seems to have a very significant role in the movie the Silence of the Lambs which does not make a lot of sense to me as I have always seen this movie as a narrative about the role of woman in ...
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Would Dr Hannibal Lecter allow himself to be a consultant with Clarice if Miggs hadn't behaved improperly to her?

In The Silence of the Lambs while Clarice first comes to visit Dr Lecter for his assistance, he drives Clarice away. But seems to change his mind when he sees Miggs (the next cell prisoner of Dr ...
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Why were there only 2 guards for Hannibal Lecter on the 6th floor?

The rest of the building was swarming with SWAT team guys and other very professional-looking guys, but they placed only two old men to guard Hannibal Lecter on the 6th floor. Which very conveniently ...
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What did the diamond patterns on Fredrica's dress mean?

In The Silence of the Lambs, when Clarice is looking around Fredrica Bimmel's room she finds a dress with diamond patterns on it: What does this mean? Was buffalo bill in that house? Or did it just ...
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How did Jack Crawford know Clarice was in danger once the FBI realized the house in Illinois was empty?

When the FBI agent states that no one is in the house they checked at the end of The Silence of the Lambs, Jack Crawford looks worried and says Clarice's name, as if he's concerned about her safety. ...
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Where, how, and why does Lecter follow Dr Chilton at the end of the movie?

At the end of movie, Dr Lecter calls Clarice at her convocation day at FBI. From which place does he call Clarice? And how did he know that Dr. Chilton was going to be there? What makes him follow Dr ...
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Where does Dr. Lecter originally get the metal pin that he uses to pick the lock on his handcuffs in the museum?

As asked on Quora about The Silence of the Lambs: I've always thought that when Dr. Lecter was moved to see the Senator, he and the prison guard "Barney" trade a glance, and there's a scene shot of ...
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How does Clarice know "Jack Gordon" was actually the real Buffalo Bill?

In The Silence of the Lambs, Mr. Crawford told Agent Starling the subject's name is Jamie Gumb, also known as John Grant and traced out the place of the subject. But she went to Jack Gordon's house. ...
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Why did Jodie Foster decide not to reprise the role of Clarice in Hannibal?

After winning an Oscar for her performance as Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs, Jodie Foster decided not to reprise the role in the sequel. When asked about it in an interview with Total Film, ...