Small Details And Trivia From 'The Silence Of The Lambs' That Left Us Hungry For More

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From cameos featuring crooners and B-movie directors to missed moments and details that are finally coming to light, fans are sharing tidbits and trivia about the Oscar-winning horror classic The Silence of the LambsVote up the most interesting and tasty tidbits. 

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    Prep For Buffalo Bill

    From an interview with Rolling Stone:

    To prepare for his role as Buffalo Bill, Ted Levine worked with the FBI, who allowed him to review tapes of a man who would abduct women and kept them in a hole in his basement.  

    1,410 votes
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    Don't Blink

    Posted by The Dick Cavett Show on YouTube:

    In an interview with Dick Cavett, Sir Anthony Hopkins mentioned that he once met with "a madman" in London and noticed that he never or rarely blinked. He used the meeting to help shape his performance. 

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    Putting A Personal Twist On The Character

    Posted by u/B-Ran8288:

    In The Silence Of The Lambs, the hissing noise Hannibal Lecter makes at Clarice Starling after delivering the famous, "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti" line was improvised on the spot by Anthony Hopkins.

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    Hannibal Unveils The Location Of Buffalo Bill In His First Meeting With Clarice

    Posted by u/SassyMoron:

    In The Silence of the Lambs, when Clarice first meets him, Hannibal has sketched "a view of the Duomo from the roof of the Belvedere." Wild Bill is ultimately found in Belvedere, Ohio.

    Posted by u/teaqualizer:

    "That is the Duomo as seen from the Belvedere." More wordplay from Hannibal Lecter.

    At the beginning of the movie Jack Crawford sends Clarice to interview Lecter. One of the instructions he gives her is to look at what he's sketching. In that interview he tells her his most recent sketch is "The Duomo as seen from the Belvedere". Before he starts asking Clarice about Buffalo Bill he's already name dropped where Bill lives. Bill's home is in Belvedere, Ohio.

    2,170 votes
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    Hannibal's Heart Rate

    Posted by a former Redditor:

    In The Silence of the Lambs, Dr. Chilton explains to Clarice that when Hannibal attacked the nurse, his pulse never got above 85. Later when Hannibal is in the ambulance, after [he attacks] the guards prior to killing the crew, his pulse is relayed to the hospital as being 84.

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    Poster Detail

    The skull at the center of the moth is actually an image of seven nude women, inspired by "In Voluptas Mors" by Salvador Dali.

    1,815 votes