• 18
  • Ridley Scott (2001)
  • US
  • 131 min
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

Since making an unforgettable impression in 1991's The Silence of the Lambs, cinema's favourite cannibal Hannibal Lecter has gnawed his way into the popular consciousness. But this long-awaited sequel didn't have a smooth journey to the screen, with both original Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and original director Jonathan Demme rejecting the project. However, Anthony Hopkins does reprise his Oscar-winning role as Lecter, this time with his tongue firmly in his cheek. Top FBI agent Starling - played with creditable conviction by Julianne Moore in the absence of Foster - is faced with the aftermath of a failed drugs raid. To escape the bad publicity, she's sent to the house of a former victim of Lecter's, Mason Verger (an extraordinary performance from an unrecognisable Gary Oldman), who hopes to revitalise her search for his attacker. Fans of the first film will be disappointed with the lack of mystery, suspense and psychological resonance here, but there's loads more Lecter for the money (as the title suggests), and plenty of gory action and black humour. The film was a huge hit when it opened in the States, taking $58 million in its first three days, which, at the time, was the third biggest in cinema history.

Plot Summary

Horror thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore. Ten years after her first encounter with cunning serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter and with her FBI career on the wane, agent Clarice Starling is once again lured into a deadly psychological game with the man they call "Hannibal the Cannibal".

Cast and crew


Hannibal Lecter
Anthony Hopkins
Clarice Starling
Julianne Moore
Mason Verger
Gary Oldman
Paul Krendler
Ray Liotta
Barney the orderly
Frankie Faison
Rinaldo Pazzi
Giancarlo Giannini
Allegra Pazzi
Francesca Neri
Dr Cordell Doemling
Zeljko Ivanek
Evelda Drumgo
Hazelle Goodman
Senator Ruth Martin
Diane Baker


Ridley Scott

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing, nudity and drug abuse.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Feb 2001
Certificate 18