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** The backstory of antagonist Mason Verger is based not-so-loosely on the purported self-mutilation of a man under the influence of PCP who sliced off bits of his face and fed them to his dogs. The sole evidence for this event seems to come from an annotated photograph in the book ''Practical Homicide Investigation'' by Vernon J. Geberth. '''Warning: the photograph in question is exceptionally graphic and disturbing.''' If you still want to view it (don't say we didn't warn you), you can access the image [[http://web.archive.org/web/20020817073301/http://marmo.com/images/FacePeel.jpg here.]]

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* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:Cordell, frequently abused by his employer, needs minimal prompting from Hannibal to shove Mason into the pig pit.]]


** Lecter is this in spades, though Thomas Harris admitted he had grown to like his character so much this trope became inevitable. Inthe ''Hannibal'' novel Lecter even [[spoiler:finally settles down with Starling following the events of the novel]].

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** Lecter is this in spades, though Thomas Harris admitted he had grown to like his character so much this trope became inevitable. Inthe In the ''Hannibal'' novel Lecter even [[spoiler:finally settles down with Starling following the events of the novel]].

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* OnceForYesTwiceForNo: Lecter does this when he questions the bound and gagged [[spoiler:Pazzi]].

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* BondVillainStupidity: Verger's men actually capture Lecter and could have killed him at any moment, but Verger's determination to give him a CruelAndUnusualDeath eventually leads to Lecter escaping.


Seven years have passed (ten in the film) since Dr. Hannibal Lecter's escape from custody. Clarice Starling is now a fully-fledged FBI agent, but a bungled drugs raid leads to her [[TurnInYourBadge being suspended]]. Meanwhile, Lecter is living in UsefulNotes/{{Florence}}, pursued by Starling, a wealthy former victim and a disgraced Italian police detective in different ways for different reasons. The book, although still acclaimed, was far more controversial with critics and readers, especially its [[GainaxEnding ending]].

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Seven years have passed (ten in the film) since Dr. Hannibal Lecter's Franchise/HannibalLecter's escape from custody. Clarice Starling is now a fully-fledged FBI agent, but a bungled drugs raid leads to her [[TurnInYourBadge being suspended]]. Meanwhile, Lecter is living in UsefulNotes/{{Florence}}, pursued by Starling, a wealthy former victim and a disgraced Italian police detective in different ways for different reasons. The book, although still acclaimed, was far more controversial with critics and readers, especially its [[GainaxEnding ending]].

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* ProductPlacement: There are several Gucci products featured and promoted throughout the movie. This is due to the friendship between Julianne Moore and the Designer Tom Ford, who was the Creative Director of Gucci at the time the movie was being filmed.


Ten years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter's escape from custody. Clarice Starling is now a fully-fledged FBI agent, but a bungled drugs raid leads to her [[TurnInYourBadge being suspended]]. Meanwhile, Lecter is living in UsefulNotes/{{Florence}}, pursued by Starling, a wealthy former victim and a disgraced Italian police detective in different ways for different reasons. The book, although still acclaimed, was far more controversial with critics and readers, especially its [[GainaxEnding ending]].

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Ten Seven years have passed (ten in the film) since Dr. Hannibal Lecter's escape from custody. Clarice Starling is now a fully-fledged FBI agent, but a bungled drugs raid leads to her [[TurnInYourBadge being suspended]]. Meanwhile, Lecter is living in UsefulNotes/{{Florence}}, pursued by Starling, a wealthy former victim and a disgraced Italian police detective in different ways for different reasons. The book, although still acclaimed, was far more controversial with critics and readers, especially its [[GainaxEnding ending]].


** The film's Cordell Doemling is based on two book characters: Cordell, Mason Verger's private physician, and Dr. Doemling, a psychiatrist Mason consults about Clarice and Dr. Lecter's relationship. Elements of Margot Verger(notably [[spoiler: the task of killing Mason in the film]]) were also incorporated into the character.

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** The film's Cordell Doemling is based on two book characters: Cordell, Mason Verger's private physician, and Dr. Doemling, a psychiatrist Mason consults about Clarice and Dr. Lecter's relationship. Elements of Margot Verger(notably Verger (notably [[spoiler: the task of killing Mason in the film]]) were also incorporated into the character.

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** The film's Cordell Doemling is based on two book characters: Cordell, Mason Verger's private physician, and Dr. Doemling, a psychiatrist Mason consults about Clarice and Dr. Lecter's relationship. Elements of Margot Verger(notably [[spoiler: the task of killing Mason in the film]]) were also incorporated into the character.
** Clint Pearsall's role was expanded for the film, taking over the part Jack Crawford played in the novel.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Some of Mason Verger's more repugnant attributes in the book (such as [[spoiler:the severity of his facial injuries and his drinking the tears of children he's emotionally abused]]) were toned down or omitted for the film. Additionally, the absence of Margot Verger means that references to his [[spoiler:sexually abusing her as a child]] were also removed.


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* DemotedToExtra: Barney's part in the novel was largely tied to Margot Verger's subplot. Her omission from the film resulted in Barney's role being reduced, leaving Frankie Faison with only a few scenes.

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** The Gypsy pickpocket Romula was also removed, although she was originally planned to feature. An actress was hired and one of her scenes shot before the decision was made to have Gnocco be the sole person Pazzi hires to obtain Lecter's fingerprints.


** Ardelia Mapp, Clarice's friend and housemate, was also written out.



* BloodierAndGorier: And the reason why Creator/JodieFoster, Jonathan Demme and Ted Tally, respectively the lead actress, director and screenwriter of ''The Silence of the Lambs'', opted out of ''Hannibal''.

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* BloodierAndGorier: And One of the reason reasons why Creator/JodieFoster, Jonathan Demme and Ted Tally, respectively the lead actress, director and screenwriter of ''The Silence of the Lambs'', opted out of ''Hannibal''.



* PragmaticAdaptation: ''Hannibal'' is a much more complicated novel than ''Silence of the Lambs'' and ''Literature/RedDragon'' were. While ''Silence'' and ''Dragon'' were faithfully adapted by Ted Tally ([[AdaptationDistillation the script for ''Silence'' is more or less the novel with the non-essential chapters removed]]), ''Hannibal'' was more thoroughly rewritten. For example, in the novel the Florence scenes are isolated from the rest of the story and Clarice doesn't make a single appearance. In the movie the scenes of Pazzi investigating Lecter are intercut with scenes of Clarice tracing Lecter's letter to Florence, giving the two leads a scene together early on in the film. And of course, the controversial ending, in which [[spoiler:Lecter and Starling end up as lovers on the run together]], was dramatically altered as well. Scott asked Harris if he was "married to his ending", and when Harris replied that he was not, Scott changed it.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: ''Hannibal'' is a much more complicated novel than ''Silence of the Lambs'' and ''Literature/RedDragon'' were. While ''Silence'' and ''Dragon'' were faithfully adapted by Ted Tally ([[AdaptationDistillation the script for ''Silence'' is more or less the novel with the non-essential chapters removed]]), ''Hannibal'' was more thoroughly rewritten. For example, in the novel novel, the Florence scenes are isolated from the rest of the story and Clarice doesn't make a single appearance. In the movie film, the scenes of Pazzi investigating Lecter are intercut with scenes of Clarice tracing Lecter's letter to Florence, giving the two leads a scene together early on in the film.midway through. And of course, the controversial ending, in which [[spoiler:Lecter and Starling end up as lovers on the run together]], was dramatically altered as well. Scott asked Harris if he was "married to his ending", and when Harris replied that he was not, Scott changed it.


* PragmaticAdaptation: ''Hannibal'' is a much more complicated novel than ''Silence of the Lambs'' and ''Literature/RedDragon'' were. While ''Silence'' and ''Dragon'' were faithfully adapted by Ted Tally ([[AdaptationDistillation the script for ''Silence'' is more or less the novel with the non-essential chapters removed]]), ''Hannibal'' was more thoroughly rewritten. For example, in the novel the Florence scenes are isolated from the rest of the story and Clarice doesn't make a single appearance. In the movie the scenes of Pazzi investigating Lecter are intercut with scenes of Clarice tracing Lecter's letter to Florence, giving the two leads a scene together early on in the film. And of course, the controversial ending, in which [[spoiler:Lecter and Starling end up as lovers on the run together]], was dramatically altered as well. Scott asked Harris if he was "married to his ending", and when Harris replied that he was not, Scott changed it.


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* PragmaticAdaptation: ''Hannibal'' is a much more complicated novel than ''Silence of the Lambs'' and ''Literature/RedDragon'' were. While ''Silence'' and ''Dragon'' were faithfully adapted by Ted Tally ([[AdaptationDistillation the script for ''Silence'' is more or less the novel with the non-essential chapters removed]]), ''Hannibal'' was more thoroughly rewritten. For example, in the novel the Florence scenes are isolated from the rest of the story and Clarice doesn't make a single appearance. In the movie the scenes of Pazzi investigating Lecter are intercut with scenes of Clarice tracing Lecter's letter to Florence, giving the two leads a scene together early on in the film. And of course, the controversial ending, in which [[spoiler:Lecter and Starling end up as lovers on the run together]], was dramatically altered as well. Scott asked Harris if he was "married to his ending", and when Harris replied that he was not, Scott changed it.

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