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The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American crime horror thriller movie. It was directed by Jonathan Demme. It stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. It is based on the novel by Thomas Harris, which was the second novel about psychopathic psychiatrist and cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In the movie, Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, is sent to see the Dr. Lecter in prison to ask his advice on catching a serial killer called Buffalo Bill. Buffalo Bill has been abducting women and skinning them.

The movie was released in 1991. Jonathan Demme won an Academy Award for Best Director. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins both won Academy Awards (for their playing Clarice Starling and Dr. Hannibal Lecter). The movie also won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. It is one of only three movies to win the five most important Academy Awards.

Hopkins' performance as Lecter is one of the shortest lead acting Oscar-winning performances ever, as Hopkins is only on screen for seventeen minutes in the movie.

Release dates

Country Premiere
 United States 14 February 1991
 Italy 5 March 1991
 Norway 14 March 1991
 Greece 22 March 1991
 Sweden 22 March 1991
 Finland 29 March 1991
 Peru 4 April 1991
 France 10 April 1991
 Germany 11 April 1991
 Austria 12 April 1991
 Switzerland 12 April 1991 (German speaking region)
 Netherlands 12 April 1991
 Switzerland 17 April 1991 (French speaking region)
 Denmark 19 April 1991
Flag of Israel.svg 26 April 1991
 Australia 9 May 1991
Flag of Hong Kong.svg 10 May 1991
 Brazil 17 May 1991
 United Kingdom 31 May 1991
 Argentina 6 June 1991
 Serbia 7 June 1991
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 14 June 1991
 Japan 14 June 1991
 South Korea 15 June 1991
 Spain 6 September 1991
 Portugal 6 September 1991
 Uruguay 2 October 1991
 Turkey 11 October 1991
 Czechoslovakia 24 October 1991
 Poland 30 January 1992
 Hungary 27 March 1992

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