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Hannibal - Ridley Scott, Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Ray Liotta

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Movie propaganda

The silence will be broken.

Years ago the brilliant yet psychotic Doctor Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lechter (Anthony Hopkins) helped young FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) track down and apprehend a dangerous serial killer and in the process managed to escape custody and leave the country. Now under the assumed name of Doctor Fell, Lechter has become curator of an art museum in Florence where he relaxes and hardly kills anyone. That's when he encounters Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi (Giancarlo Giannini), an Italian cop who knows of Lechter's real identity and is on the take from Mason Verger (Gary Oldman).

Verger is a creature almost as frightening as Lechter himself - a rich and unrepentant pædophile who sexually abused his sister, escaped imprisonment as a young man and underwent psychotherapy with Lechter who left him both paralysed and disfigured. Verger now sits on a respirator, watching his collection of sinister pets in the hopes of feeding the good doctor alive to a batch of wild pigs he's been breeding.

Life isn't all good for Starling either who survives an FBI shoot-out gone wrong and is soon on suspension when her nemesis Paul Krendler (Ray Liotta) points the blame directly at her. What she doesn't realise is that she has become a pawn in Verger's plan - a piece of bait to lure Lechter out into the open and directly to him so he can exact his terrifying revenge. Soon, terrifying alliances form in this dark opus which will sink deep into a world so terrifying there may be no escape.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film sequel serial killer cannibal murder FBI eat own brain

Persons of interest

  • Anthony Hopkins .... Dr Hannibal Lecter
  • Julianne Moore .... Clarice Starling
  • Giancarlo Giannini .... Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi
  • Gary Oldman .... Mason Verger
  • Ray Liotta .... Paul Krendler
  • Frankie Faison .... Barney Matthews
  • Francesca Neri .... Allegra Pazzi
  • Zeljko Ivanek .... Dr Cordell Doemling
  • Hazelle Goodman .... Evelda Drumgo
  • David Andrews .... Clint Pearsall
  • Francis Guinan .... FBI Director Noonan
  • James Opher .... DEA Agent Eldridge
  • Enrico Lo Verso .... Gnocco
  • Ivano Marescotti .... Carlo Deogracias
  • Fabrizio Gifuni .... Matteo Deogracias
  • Alex Corrado .... Piero
  • Thomas Harris .... Author
  • Steven Zaillian .... Screenwriter
  • Ridley Scott .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Well, first off, I didn't see The silence of the lambs. I vaguely knew the story and the characters but that's it.

Second off, at 2¼ hours I saw a pretty long film. It was entertaining but it was also long.

Third off, I saw some most excellent gore and blood that actually looks like blood. You know, red. Dark. Viscous. Cool.

Fourth off, I saw Anthony. Psychotic, "evil", spooky.

Fifth off, I saw Julianne. She's no Jodie but who is? As an unhappy FBI agent she does the job damned well. Focussed, determined and in touch with her feminine side.

Sixth off, I saw Giancarlo: seedy, bent, greedy. He'd fit right in up at King's Cross Police Station.

Seventh off, I saw Ray. Ray, Ray, Ray. Ray manages to headline such towering cinema classics as Phoenix because he's a very deadpan actor. Fortunately he was cast as a deadpan FBI agent, so he fit in rather well.

Eighth off, I saw Gary, or rather, didn't see. There was absolutely no hint of an actor beneath mason's visage; Gary pulled off the same trick as Willem Dafoe in Shadow of the vampire, submerging the ego behind a mask so grotesque that the actor is subsumed by the character.

Ninth off, I saw an entertaining, funny, gory, horror flick with so much class it could've been Merchant Ivory.

Tenth off, I saw dessert. McDonald's McFlurry with half Oreos and half M&Ms. Yum.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Disc 1:
    • Picture: Widescreen (aspect ratio 1.85:1/16:9 enhanced)
    • Audio: DTS and Dolby 5.1
    • Commentary by Ridley Scott
    • Disc: 2x single side, dual layer
    • Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Hebrew, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish
    • Picture disc
  • Disc 2:
    • Alternate ending with Ridley Scott's commentary (optional)
    • 13 deleted /extended scenes with Ridley Scott's commentary (optional)
    • 3 multi-angle featurettes:
      • Anatomy of a shoot-out: an uncut 5-camera breakdown of The fish market action scene
      • Opening title design: explore the opening credit sequence with Ridley Scott's commentary (optional)
      • Ridleygrams: examines the art of storyboarding with an exclusive interview
    • Breaking the silence: the making of Hannibal - 5 behind-the-scenes featurettes:
      • Development: the initial set-up of the feature
      • Production: shot on the set during filming of Hannibal
      • Special make-up effects: Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins and Ray Liotta get transformed into on-screen "monsters"
      • Music: the creation of the music score
      • Reaction: live footage from the première with all the stars, cast and crew
    • Easter eggs
    • Photo gallery
    • Trailer: Theatrical and TV spots
    • Picture disc

Security censorship classification

R 18+ (High impact violence)

Surveillance time

131 minutes (2:01 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 1 August 2001
VHS rental: 1 August 2001

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