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USA: Metro Goldwyn Mayer
UK: UIP (UK)
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Ray Liotta, Ennio Coltorti, Giancarlo Giannini, Robert Rieti, Francesca Neri, Bruno Lazzaretti, Danielle De Niesse, Alex Corrado, David Andrews, Frankie Faison, Hazelle Goodman, Marco Greco, Zeljko Ivanek , Spike Jonze, Boyd Kestner, Ivano Marescotti, Sam Wells, Gary Oldman, Diane Baker
Director: Ridley Scott
USA: 130 mins
UK: 131 mins
USA Rated: R for strong gruesome violence, some nudity and language
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong bloody horror and infrequent strong language
USA Release Date: 9 February 2001
UK Release Date: 16 February 2001
There is a grace to his life now. An elegance which suits him nicely. And yet, he thinks of her and wonders if his life can ever be complete without her.
Her strength comes from a regimen of discipline and a clarity of purpose. Yet there is a shadow that follows her everywhere. A faint distraction - making her feel...vulnerable.
Ten years later, he is still her most terrifying nightmare. Ten years later, she is still his fondest fantasy.
HANNIBAL is Thomas Harris' third novel featuring the fearsome Lecter. It continues the story begun in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Ten years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) escaped from custody, ten years since FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) interviewed him in a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is now at large in Italy, gloriously at liberty in an unguarded world. But Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr Lecter - his cold voice still haunts her dreams.
Mason Verger remembers Dr Lecter too. Verger was Dr Lecter's sixth victim, and, though hideously disfigured, has survived. The solitary heir to his family's fortune, he uses the resources of his inheritance to exact his revenge. Verger realizes that in order to draw Lecter out into the open, he must dangle an irresistible bait: Clarice Starling.