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Film Date :   February 9, 2001
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Hannibalis a 2001 American psychological thriller film directed by Ridley Scott , adapted from the Thomas Harris novel of the same name . It is a sequel to the 1991 Academy Award -winning filmThe Silence of the Lambsthat returns Anthony Hopkins to his iconic role as serial killer Hannibal Lecter . Julianne Moore co-stars, taking over for Jodie Foster in the role of FBI Agent Clarice Starling .

Set ten years afterThe Silence of the Lambs, the premise is that Mason Verger (a former victim played by Gary Oldman ) is determined to capture, torture , and kill Lecter. The film's locations alternate between Italy and the U.S .

The film's development drew a large amount of attention, withThe Silence of the Lambsdirector Jonathan Demme , screenwriter Ted Tally and actress Jodie Foster all eventually declining involvement.Upon release,Hannibalbroke box-office records in the United States, Australia, Canada and the UK in February 2001.

Ten years after tracking down serial killer Jame Gumb , FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling ( Julianne Moore ) is unjustly blamed for a bungled drug raid. Starling and her connection to Hannibal Lecter ( Anthony Hopkins ) come to the attention of Lecter's only surviving victim, Mason Verger ( Gary Oldman ), a wealthy child molester whom Lecter left horribly disfigured and paralyzed after having been assigned as Verger's court-appointed therapist.

Verger uses his immense wealth and political influence to have Starling reassigned to Lecter's case and meets with her in his mansion. Verger is pursuing an elaborate scheme to capture, torture and kill Lecter, and hopes Starling's involvement will draw him out. Indeed, Lecter sends her a taunting letter after learning of her public disgrace. Though the letter contains no clue to Lecter's whereabouts, Starling detects a strange fragrance that a perfume expert later identifies as a bespoke skin cream whose ingredients are only available to a few shops in the world. She contacts the police departments of the cities where the shops are located, requesting surveillance tapes. One of the cities is Florence, Italy, where Chief Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi ( Giancarlo Giannini ) is investigating the disappearance of a library curator. Pazzi questions Lecter, who is masquerading as "Dr. Fell", the assistant curator and now caretaker of the library.

Upon recognizing Dr. Fell in the surveillance tape, Pazzi accesses the FBI's ViCAP database of wanted fugitives. He learns of Verger's US$3 million reward to anyone turning Lecter over to him rather than to the FBI. Lured by Verger's bounty, Pazzi ignores Starling's warnings against trying to capture Lecter alone. He recruits a pickpocket to obtain a fingerprint of Lecter to show as proof of his whereabouts and thus collect the reward. The pickpocket is mortally wounded by Lecter but manages to get the print and provides them to Pazzi, who in turn contacts Verger. Lecter then baits Pazzi into an isolated room of the library, ties him up with electrical cords, hangs, and disembowels him, before escaping back to the United States.

Verger bribes Justice Department official Paul Krendler ( Ray Liotta ) to accuse Starling of withholding a note from Lecter, leading to her suspension. Lecter lures Starling to Union Station but Verger's men, who have followed Starling, capture Lecter and transport him to Verger. When her superiors refuse to act, Starling, on her own initiative, infiltrates Verger's estate. Verger means to have Lecter eaten alive by a herd of wild boars bred specifically for this purpose. Starling intervenes to free Lecter but is herself wounded, and Lecter rescues her from the voracious animals. Verger furiously orders his private physician Cordell ( Željko Ivanek ) to shoot Lecter, but instead Lecter persuades Cordell to throw his hated employer into the pen, where he is eaten alive by the boars.

Lecter takes a sedated Starling to Krendler's secluded lake house and treats her wounds. When Krendler arrives for the Fourth of July break , he is subdued and drugged by Lecter. Starling, disoriented by morphine and dressed in a slinky black-velvet evening gown, wakes to find Lecter cooking and Krendler in a wheelchair seated at the table set for an elegant dinner. Weakened by the drugs, she looks on in confusion and horror as Lecter removes the top of Krendler's skull, cuts out part of his prefrontal cortex , sautees it, and feeds Krendler his own brain before finally killing him.

After the meal, Starling tries to attack Lecter but is quickly overpowered. She manages to handcuff his wrist to hers, and Lecter brandishes a meat cleaver and severs his left hand to escape. Lecter is later seen on a flight with boxed lunch on his pull-down table. As he prepares to eat his meal, including a small cooked portion of what may or may not be Krendler's brain, a young boy seated next to him asks to try some of his food. Lecter lets the boy eat some of his lunch, telling him that "it is important... always to try new things."

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