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"The Silence of the Lambs." 1991. Orion. $99.98. Laser disk, $29.95. 1 hour 58 minutes. Closed captioned. R.
On the theory that it takes one to know one, the FBI enlists a jailed serial killer to help track down another one on the loose. From his prison cell the cerebral Hannibal (the Cannibal) Lechter Anthony Hopkins), looking as if he were about to dine on one of his victims, sizes up Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), the naive but very smart young FBI agent assigned to pick his brains on the current case.
Throughout Jonathan Demme's swift, witty thriller, the two circle and probe, making for "pop film making of a high order" (Vincent Canby).