The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs

Director: Jonathan Demme | Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Released: 1991 | Runtime: 118 min

A young FBI cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

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The Silence of the Lambs Quotes

  • Hannibal Lecter : First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?
    Clarice Starling : He kills women...
    Hannibal Lecter : No. That is incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does? What needs does he serve by killing?
    Clarice Starling : Anger, um, social acceptance, and, huh, sexual frustrations, sir...
    Hannibal Lecter : No! He covets. That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer now.
    Clarice Starling : No. We just...
    Hannibal Lecter : No. We begin by coveting what we see every day. Don't you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice? And don't your eyes seek out the things you want?
  • Miggs : I can smell your cunt.
  • Hannibal Lecter : Now then, tell me. What did Miggs say to you? Multiple Miggs in the next cell. He hissed at you. What did he say?
    Clarice Starling : He said, "I can smell your cunt."
    Hannibal Lecter : I see. I myself cannot. You use Evian skin cream, and sometimes you wear L'Air du Temps, but not today.
  • Hannibal Lecter : "Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center." Sounds charming.
    Clarice Starling : That's only a part of the island. There's a very, very nice beach. Terns nest there. There's beautiful...
    Hannibal Lecter : [ cuts her off ] Terns? Mmh. If I help you, Clarice, it will be "turns" with us too. Quid pro quo. I tell you things, you tell me things. Not about this case, though. About yourself. Quid pro quo. Yes or no? [ pause ]
    Hannibal Lecter : Yes or no, Clarice? Poor little Catherine is waiting.
    Clarice Starling : Go, doctor.
  • Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.
  • Dr. Frederick Chilton: We've tried to study him, of course, but he's much too sophisticated for the standard tests.
  • Hannibal Lecter: Well, Clarice - have the lambs stopped screaming?
  • Hannibal Lecter: Why do you think he removes their skins, Agent Starling? [sarcastically]
    Hannibal Lecter: Enthrall me with your acumen.
    Clarice Starling: It excites him. Most serial killers keep some sort of trophies from their victims.
    Hannibal Lecter: I didn't.
    Clarice Starling: No. No, you ate yours.
  • Hannibal Lecter: You fly back to school, now, little Starling. Fly, fly, fly...
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