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* Perhaps this is different in the book, but Hannibal Lecter's final hint, "We covet what we see every day" despite sounding pithy and profound, reveals that the FBI were apparently too dumb to check out the town that the first victim lived in. They state outright that they know she was the first victim, but apparently didn't think to ask if the killer might have known or seen her (every day).

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* Itís never explained how Buffalo Bill transported Catherine, and presumably the other girls, to his home and then got them down into the pit. Catherine lives in Memphis which is about 500 miles to the nearest point in Ohio, and the real Belvedere is about 750 miles away. Therefore with his old van heíd have needed to stop for fuel at least twice and the trip wouldíve taken at least 12 hours. While he couldíve brought food and just peed in bottles or something itís doubtful he couldíve brought that much fuel with him. Given what we see of her itís doubtful Catherine would be that quiet and passive if she knew they were stopped someplace public. Itís plausible that he couldíve restrained her thoroughly enough that she couldnít yell for help and pound against the side of the van. But then she likely wouldíve been in much worse physical shape than we see her in the pit. Then how does he get them into the pit? Itís also plausible that heís strong enough to throw them down there or he coaxes them to climb down by pointing a gun at them or something.

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** This is addressed in the DVD commentary that Johnathan Demme acknowledged that the scene in the prison cell room was an AcceptableBreakFromReality since he wanted something shocking.


** Revoking someone's PhD is not an easy thing to do and requires making something extremely wrong with the research necessary to get it, or afterwards. Two cases that come to mind from recent times - Jan Henrik Schon and Diederik Stapel - in both cases they were stripped of their [=PhDs=] because they faked their research results and publications. If Lecter's research was all genuine, it would be difficult to revoke the title and would require a lot of red tape and prolonged court battles to do so.

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** Revoking someone's PhD [=PhD=] is not an easy thing to do and requires making something extremely wrong with the research necessary to get it, or afterwards. Two cases that come to mind from recent times - Jan Henrik Schon and Diederik Stapel - in both cases they were stripped of their [=PhDs=] because they faked their research results and publications. If Lecter's research was all genuine, it would be difficult to revoke the title and would require a lot of red tape and prolonged court battles to do so.


** Revoking someone's PhD is not an easy thing to do and requires making something extremely wrong with the research necessary to get it, or afterwards. Two cases that come to mind from recent times - Jan Henrik Schon and Diederik Stapel - in both cases they were stripped of their PhDs because they faked their research results and publications. If Lecter's research was all genuine, it would be difficult to revoke the title and would require a lot of red tape and prolonged court battles to do so.

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** Revoking someone's PhD is not an easy thing to do and requires making something extremely wrong with the research necessary to get it, or afterwards. Two cases that come to mind from recent times - Jan Henrik Schon and Diederik Stapel - in both cases they were stripped of their PhDs [=PhDs=] because they faked their research results and publications. If Lecter's research was all genuine, it would be difficult to revoke the title and would require a lot of red tape and prolonged court battles to do so.

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** Revoking someone's PhD is not an easy thing to do and requires making something extremely wrong with the research necessary to get it, or afterwards. Two cases that come to mind from recent times - Jan Henrik Schon and Diederik Stapel - in both cases they were stripped of their PhDs because they faked their research results and publications. If Lecter's research was all genuine, it would be difficult to revoke the title and would require a lot of red tape and prolonged court battles to do so.

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** Also, wasn't it mentioned in one of the books that the only surviving victim of Lector was in a coma? If that's the case, maybe Verger was put into a coma by Lector after an attempt to kill him post-facial mutilation didn't succeed, and he ended up waking up years later after the events of Silence of The Lambs, being wheelchair bound as he is in Hannibal.


** IIRC, Verger disfigured ''himself'', due to post-hypnotic suggestion from Lecter. According to TheOtherWiki, Lecter treated Verger after the latter's arrest for various crimes, and was himself arrested "soon after" the disfiguring and broken neck. It's likely no one took Verger all that seriously, given his own sick criminal nature, despite his family's money and influence.

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** IIRC, Verger disfigured ''himself'', due to post-hypnotic suggestion from Lecter. According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, Lecter treated Verger after the latter's arrest for various crimes, and was himself arrested "soon after" the disfiguring and broken neck. It's likely no one took Verger all that seriously, given his own sick criminal nature, despite his family's money and influence.

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* After overpowering his two guards in Tennessee, Lecter has time to disembowel one and hang him from the top of the cage, then swap clothes with the other, cut his face off, call up the elevator, put the corpse on the roof and arrange it face down with a gun at his hand, climb out, send the elevator back down, put the dead guard's face over his own, lie down and fire some shots in the air. Surely the guards would have been missed in the hours it would have taken him to do all this.


*** Even if his license to practice psychiatry has been revoked, he's still entitled to the honorific.

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*** Even if his license licence to practice practise psychiatry has been revoked, he's still entitled to the honorific.

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** Because they are interviewing him and need to show him respect so that he'll co-operate; they may or may not be feigning, but as long as they need his help they are going to as polite and civil with him as possible in order to get it. It's the same with a great deal of what Clarice says to him- unfailingly, almost overly polite, and whether or not it's genuine is besides the point because she's trying to massage his ego either way.

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** While there's a quick cut from Lecter in his cell to arriving at the Tennessee airport, it's a fair assumption that some time passed between the two scenes. Lecter simply grabbed the pen when no one was looking.

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** It was very much an OhCrap moment for Crawford. The whole thing was a colossal screwup on the FBI's part, and going to the wrong house was just the last nail in the coffin, so to speak.


** IIRC, Verger disfigured ''himself'', due to post-hypnotic suggestion from Lecter.

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** IIRC, Verger disfigured ''himself'', due to post-hypnotic suggestion from Lecter. According to TheOtherWiki, Lecter treated Verger after the latter's arrest for various crimes, and was himself arrested "soon after" the disfiguring and broken neck. It's likely no one took Verger all that seriously, given his own sick criminal nature, despite his family's money and influence.

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** IIRC, Verger disfigured ''himself'', due to post-hypnotic suggestion from Lecter.

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