Ridley Scott (2001)

18 Certificate


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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.


Fugitive serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter has gone into hiding as an academic in Italy, but a disfigured victim is determined to find him and inflict a gruesome revenge. FBI agent Clarice Starling is once again drawn into the doctor's deadly orbit as she finds herself being used as bait for the avenger's trap. Ridley Scott's thriller sequel, starring Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman and Ray Liotta.

Cast & 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
Director Ridley Scott
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, swearing, nudity and drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Feb 2001