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The Silence of the Lambs
Director: Jonathan Demme (Dir)
Release Date:   14 Feb 1991
Premiere Information:   New York and Los Angeles openings: 13 Feb 1991
Duration (in mins):   120
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Cast:   Jodie Foster (Clarice Starling)  
    Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Hannibal Lechter)  
    Scott Glenn (Jack Crawford)  
    Ted Levine (Jame Gumb)  
    Anthony Heald (Dr. Frederick Chilton)  


Production Company: Strong Heart/Demme  
Distribution Company: Orion Pictures Corp.  
Director: Jonathan Demme (Dir)
Producer: Edward Saxon (Prod)
  Kenneth Utt (Prod)
  Ron Bozman (Prod)
Writer: Ted Tally (Scr)
Photography: Tak Fujimoto (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Kristi Zea (Prod des)
Film Editor: Craig McKay (Ed)
Music: Howard Shore (Mus)
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the novel The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (New York, 1988).
Authors: Thomas Harris

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Orion Pictures Corp. 29/3/1991 dd/mm/yyyy PA512637

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Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Suspense

Note: The Silence of the Lambs was ranked 74th on AFI's 2007 100 Years…100 Movies--10th Anniversary Edition list of the greatest American films, down from the 65th position it held on AFI's 1997 list. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Los Angeles Times   13 Feb 1991   Calendar, p. 1.
New York Times   14 Feb 1991   Section C, p. 17.
Variety   11 Feb 1991.   

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