History Trivia / TheSilenceOfTheLambs

28th Nov '16 4:54:15 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorInspiredElement:
** One of the inspirations that Creator/AnthonyHopkins borrowed from for his interpretation of Hannibal Lecter was a friend of his in London who never blinked which unnerved anyone around him.
** Buffalo Bill's dance was not included in the original draft of the screenplay, although it appears in the novel. It was added at the insistence of Creator/TedLevine, who thought the scene was essential in defining the character.



* BackedByThePentagon: The real-life FBI's Behavioral Science Unit assisted in the making of this film.



* DyeingForYourArt: Brooke Smith gained 25 pounds for her role as Catherine Martin.



** When filming phonecalls, it is standard practice to film both sides separately and have the actors pretend they're having a phone call. At the end of ''Silence'' they hooked up the phone to the phone network and had Hopkins call from the set of another movie across the country. When Jodie Foster picks up the phone and Hopkins speaks back to her the look of surprise on her face is genuine.

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** When filming phonecalls, it is standard practice to film both sides separately and have the actors pretend they're having a phone call. At the end of ''Silence'' they hooked up the phone to the phone network and had Hopkins call from the set of another movie across the country. When Jodie Foster Creator/JodieFoster picks up the phone and Hopkins speaks back to her the look of surprise on her face is genuine.genuine.
* InMemoriam: The film was dedicated to character actor Trey Wilson.



* StarMakingRole: For Anthony Hopkins who was 54 when he got the role.

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* TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: The film was originally scheduled for release in fall of 1990. Orion Pictures delayed its release until late January 1991 so they could focus on promoting ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' for Oscar consideration.
* StarMakingRole: For Anthony Hopkins Creator/AnthonyHopkins who was 54 when he got the role.



** ''Silence'' was initially put together at the behest of Gene Hackman, who planned to direct and star as Hannibal Lecter. Hackman left the project after his daughter urged him not to make it.
** Jonathan Demme's original choice for Lecter was Creator/SeanConnery, who turned it down because he considered it disgusting. Robert Duvall was considered for the role. Dustin Hoffman, RobertDeNiro, John Hurt, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Jack Nicholson, and Jeremy Irons are also rumored to have been in the running. Michelle Pfeiffer was Demme's original choice for Starling, and her refusal cleared the way for Creator/JodieFoster. Creator/MickeyRourke was offered the part of Jack Crawford and turned it down.

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** ''Silence'' was initially put together at the behest of Gene Hackman, Creator/GeneHackman, who planned to direct and star as either Hannibal Lecter. Lecter or Jack Crawford. Hackman left the project after his daughter urged him not to make it.
it and after watching a clip of himself in ''Film/MississipiBurning'' at the Academy Awards made him uneasy about violent roles.
** Jonathan Demme's original choice for Lecter was Creator/SeanConnery, who turned it down because he considered it disgusting. Robert Duvall was considered for the role. Dustin Hoffman, RobertDeNiro, John Hurt, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Jack Nicholson, Duvall, Creator/DustinHoffman, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/JohnHurt, Creator/ChristopherLloyd, Creator/PatrickStewart, Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/DerekJacobi, Creator/DanielDayLewis and Jeremy Irons Creator/JeremyIrons are also rumored to have been in the running. Michelle Pfeiffer was Demme's original choice for Starling, and her refusal cleared the way for Creator/JodieFoster. Creator/MickeyRourke was offered the part of Jack Crawford and turned it down.running.



** Other actresses considered for the role of Starling included Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Andie MacDowell, Meg Ryan, and Melanie Griffith
** In addition to Rourke, Michael Keaton and Kenneth Branagh were all considered for the role of Jack Crawford.

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** Creator/MichellePfeiffer was Demme's original choice for Starling, but she turned it down, finding the subject matter disturbing. Other actresses considered for the role of Starling included Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Creator/NicoleKidman, Creator/HalleBerry, Andie MacDowell, Meg Ryan, [=MacDowell=], Creator/MegRyan, and Melanie Griffith
** In addition to Rourke, Michael Keaton Creator/MickeyRourke, Creator/MichaelKeaton and Kenneth Branagh Creator/KennethBranagh were all considered for the role of Jack Crawford.Crawford. Creator/EdHarris turned it down because he didn't find the role interesting, and would rather have played Hannibal Lecter.
19th Nov '16 10:06:07 AM Mario1995
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** According to some accounts, Creator/AnthonyHopkins almost didn't get the role for Lecter, either, as Orion wanted him to play Uncle Fester in the film adaptation of ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' instead of Creator/ChristopherLloyd.
21st Aug '16 9:02:04 AM eroock
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** Jonathan Demme's original choice for Lecter was Creator/SeanConnery, who turned it down because he considered it disgusting. Robert Duvall was considered for the role. Dustin Hoffman, RobertDeNiro, John Hurt, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Jack Nicholson, and Jeremy Irons are also rumored to have been in the running. Michelle Pfeiffer was Demme's original choice for Starling, and her refusal cleared the way for Jodie Foster. Mickey Rourke was offered the part of Jack Crawford and turned it down.

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** Jonathan Demme's original choice for Lecter was Creator/SeanConnery, who turned it down because he considered it disgusting. Robert Duvall was considered for the role. Dustin Hoffman, RobertDeNiro, John Hurt, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Jack Nicholson, and Jeremy Irons are also rumored to have been in the running. Michelle Pfeiffer was Demme's original choice for Starling, and her refusal cleared the way for Jodie Foster. Mickey Rourke Creator/JodieFoster. Creator/MickeyRourke was offered the part of Jack Crawford and turned it down.
12th May '16 3:10:13 PM GothicProphet
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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: On a meta sense. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zehava_Gal-On Zehava Gal’on]], leader of the Israeli leftist party [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meretz Meretz]], has often criticised right-wing and religious leadership in Israel for their conspicuous silence on growing nationalist chauvinism and intolerance and the violence these attitudes beget, [[https://www.google.co.il/search?q=%D7%96%D7%94%D7%91%D7%94+%D7%92%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9F+%22%D7%A9%D7%AA%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%AA+%D7%94%D7%9B%D7%91%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D%22&oq=%D7%96%D7%94%D7%91%D7%94+%D7%92%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9F+%22%D7%A9%D7%AA%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%AA+%D7%94%D7%9B%D7%91%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D%22&aqs=chrome..69i57l2j69i59l2j69i61l2.9308j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=0&ie=UTF-8 labelling their behaviour as ‘the silence of the lambs’]]. This is despite the fact that the name derives from [[spoiler:Clarice’s personal history living in a farm where sheep were slaughtered: the sheep would let out blood-curdling screams, and when Clarice couldn’t tolerate it any longer she tried, in vain, to grab a sheep and run off to save it; this even inspired her to join the FBI, to overcome her inability to protect the weak and make the metaphorical lambs stop screaming--in other words, ‘the silence of the lambs’ is a ''good'' thing]].

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: On a meta sense. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zehava_Gal-On Zehava Gal’on]], leader of the Israeli leftist party [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meretz Meretz]], has often criticised right-wing and religious leadership in Israel for their conspicuous silence on growing nationalist chauvinism and intolerance and the violence these attitudes beget, [[https://www.google.co.il/search?q=%D7%96%D7%94%D7%91%D7%94+%D7%92%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9F+%22%D7%A9%D7%AA%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%AA+%D7%94%D7%9B%D7%91%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D%22&oq=%D7%96%D7%94%D7%91%D7%94+%D7%92%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9F+%22%D7%A9%D7%AA%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%AA+%D7%94%D7%9B%D7%91%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D%22&aqs=chrome..69i57l2j69i59l2j69i61l2.9308j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=0&ie=UTF-8 labelling their behaviour as ‘the silence of the lambs’]]. This is despite the fact that the name derives from [[spoiler:Clarice’s personal history living in a farm where sheep were slaughtered: the sheep would let out blood-curdling screams, and when Clarice couldn’t tolerate it any longer she tried, in vain, to grab a sheep and run off to save it; this even inspired her to join the FBI, to overcome her inability to protect the weak and make the metaphorical lambs stop screaming--in other words, ‘the silence of the lambs’ is a ''good'' thing]].thing]].
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12th Apr '16 4:00:15 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[Series/{{Monk}} Captain Stottlemeyer]] is gonna [[spoiler:skin you and make a woman suit out of you]]. Also, he's a dad in ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes'' remake. And the hero of ''Film/TheMangler''.
** That crazy team leader from ''Vertical Limit'' is Jack Crawford?? Or wait a minute, am I thinking of Donald Rumsfeld from Oliver Stone's ''W''?
*** [[AndAnotherThing Oh, and one more thing]]: he was also the Wise Man in ''Film/SuckerPunch''.
*** Don't you mean [[TheRightStuff Alan Shepard]]? Or maybe he was [[FromEarthToTheMoon Bufallo Bill]].
*** And he was the first guy sent to kill MarlonBrando in ''Film/ApocalypseNow''
** [[RhysIfans Peter Cook]] was a cannibal Nazi?
** [[Film/{{Batman}} Bob]] (!!!) had a side-career helping out with autopsies at a funeral parlour?!
** Barney eventually became the [[TheWire Commissioner of the Baltimore police department]].
** Cordell later became a federal agent on a manhunt for [[Series/{{Heroes}} people with superpowers.]]
** [[Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII Murdock]] apparently moonlights as a police Lieutenant in Tennessee.
** [[Series/BreakingBad Hector Salamanca]] is a perfume expert on the side.
** [[MisterRogersNeighborhood Chef Brockett]] is the "friendly psychopath" in one of the cells leading up to Hannibal Lecter's. Maybe this is what happens when you don't give him silence in his kitchen.
** One of the FBI agents in Memphis has had ''lots'' of [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 prior]] [[Film/DawnOfTheDead1978 experience]] [[Film/DayOfTheDead1985 with]] [[Film/LandOfTheDead corpses]] [[Film/DiaryOfTheDead and]] [[Film/SurvivalOfTheDead cannibalism]].
** [[Series/{{Frasier}} Bob "Bulldog" Brisco]] was a bug expert before he became a radio personality.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Hannibal's Italian voice actor is also [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Doc Brown]] and [[{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}} Bender]].
18th Feb '16 4:31:25 PM ooh
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** ''Silence'' was initially put together at the behest of Gene Hackman, who planned to direct and star as Hannibal Lecter. When he left the project, Robert Duvall was considered for the role. Dustin Hoffman, RobertDeNiro, John Hurt, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Jack Nicholson, and Jeremy Irons are also rumored to have been in the running. Michelle Pfeiffer was Demme's original choice for Starling, and her refusal cleared the way for Jodie Foster. Mickey Rourke was offered the part of Jack Crawford and turned it down.

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** ''Silence'' was initially put together at the behest of Gene Hackman, who planned to direct and star as Hannibal Lecter. When he Hackman left the project, project after his daughter urged him not to make it.
** Jonathan Demme's original choice for Lecter was Creator/SeanConnery, who turned it down because he considered it disgusting.
Robert Duvall was considered for the role. Dustin Hoffman, RobertDeNiro, John Hurt, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Jack Nicholson, and Jeremy Irons are also rumored to have been in the running. Michelle Pfeiffer was Demme's original choice for Starling, and her refusal cleared the way for Jodie Foster. Mickey Rourke was offered the part of Jack Crawford and turned it down.
20th Jan '16 10:48:12 AM SvartiKotturinn
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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zehava_Gal-On Zehava Gal’on]], leader of the Israeli leftist party [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meretz Meretz]], has often criticised right-wing and religious leadership in Israel for their conspicuous silence on growing nationalist chauvinism and intolerance and the violence these attitudes beget, [[https://www.google.co.il/search?q=%D7%96%D7%94%D7%91%D7%94+%D7%92%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9F+%22%D7%A9%D7%AA%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%AA+%D7%94%D7%9B%D7%91%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D%22&oq=%D7%96%D7%94%D7%91%D7%94+%D7%92%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9F+%22%D7%A9%D7%AA%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%AA+%D7%94%D7%9B%D7%91%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D%22&aqs=chrome..69i57l2j69i59l2j69i61l2.9308j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=0&ie=UTF-8 labelling their behaviour as ‘the silence of the lambs’]]. This is despite the fact that the name derives from [[spoiler:Clarice’s personal history living in a farm where sheep were slaughtered: the sheep would let out blood-curdling screams, and when Clarice couldn’t tolerate it any longer she tried, in vain, to grab a sheep and run off to save it; this even inspired her to join the FBI, to overcome her inability to protect the weak and make the metaphorical lambs stop screaming--in other words, ‘the silence of the lambs’ is a ''good'' thing]].

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: On a meta sense. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zehava_Gal-On Zehava Gal’on]], leader of the Israeli leftist party [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meretz Meretz]], has often criticised right-wing and religious leadership in Israel for their conspicuous silence on growing nationalist chauvinism and intolerance and the violence these attitudes beget, [[https://www.google.co.il/search?q=%D7%96%D7%94%D7%91%D7%94+%D7%92%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9F+%22%D7%A9%D7%AA%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%AA+%D7%94%D7%9B%D7%91%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D%22&oq=%D7%96%D7%94%D7%91%D7%94+%D7%92%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9F+%22%D7%A9%D7%AA%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%AA+%D7%94%D7%9B%D7%91%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D%22&aqs=chrome..69i57l2j69i59l2j69i61l2.9308j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=0&ie=UTF-8 labelling their behaviour as ‘the silence of the lambs’]]. This is despite the fact that the name derives from [[spoiler:Clarice’s personal history living in a farm where sheep were slaughtered: the sheep would let out blood-curdling screams, and when Clarice couldn’t tolerate it any longer she tried, in vain, to grab a sheep and run off to save it; this even inspired her to join the FBI, to overcome her inability to protect the weak and make the metaphorical lambs stop screaming--in other words, ‘the silence of the lambs’ is a ''good'' thing]].
20th Jan '16 10:02:03 AM SvartiKotturinn
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** In addition to Rourke, Michael Keaton and Kenneth Branagh were all considered for the role of Jack Crawford.

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** In addition to Rourke, Michael Keaton and Kenneth Branagh were all considered for the role of Jack Crawford.Crawford.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zehava_Gal-On Zehava Gal’on]], leader of the Israeli leftist party [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meretz Meretz]], has often criticised right-wing and religious leadership in Israel for their conspicuous silence on growing nationalist chauvinism and intolerance and the violence these attitudes beget, [[https://www.google.co.il/search?q=%D7%96%D7%94%D7%91%D7%94+%D7%92%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9F+%22%D7%A9%D7%AA%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%AA+%D7%94%D7%9B%D7%91%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D%22&oq=%D7%96%D7%94%D7%91%D7%94+%D7%92%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9F+%22%D7%A9%D7%AA%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%AA+%D7%94%D7%9B%D7%91%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D%22&aqs=chrome..69i57l2j69i59l2j69i61l2.9308j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=0&ie=UTF-8 labelling their behaviour as ‘the silence of the lambs’]]. This is despite the fact that the name derives from [[spoiler:Clarice’s personal history living in a farm where sheep were slaughtered: the sheep would let out blood-curdling screams, and when Clarice couldn’t tolerate it any longer she tried, in vain, to grab a sheep and run off to save it; this even inspired her to join the FBI, to overcome her inability to protect the weak and make the metaphorical lambs stop screaming--in other words, ‘the silence of the lambs’ is a ''good'' thing]].
16th Nov '15 6:54:17 PM eneuman96
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** Buffalo Bill says "It '''rubs''' the lotion on its skin..." not "It '''puts''' the lotion on its skin..."
3rd Sep '15 9:44:03 PM Abodos
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* TheDanza: William Petersen as William "Will" Graham.
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