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The Best Hannibal Movie Quotes

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The best Hannibal quotes make you realize how great the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from Hannibal, with the help of your votes. Starring Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore, Hannibal was directed by Ridley Scott and released in 2001.

What is your favorite Hannibal quote? One memorable line was when Mason Verger said, "Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time." Another great line from Hannibal is, "It changes everything. It changes me," spoken by Clarice Starling.

Vote up your top Hannibal quotes, regardless of which character they come from.

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    Good Idea At The Time

    Mason Verger: The good doctor approached me with a piece of broken mirror and said, "Try this"...
    Hannibal Lecter: Try peeling off your face...
    Mason Verger: "...and feeding it to the dogs." Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.


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      Sitting In The Dark

      Paul Krendler: Jesus, Starling! What are you doing sitting there in the dark?
      Clarice Starling: Thinking about cannibalism.


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        This Is Really Going To Hurt

        This Is Really Going To Hurt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hannibal Movie Quotes
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        Hannibal Lecter: I came half way around the world, to watch you run, Clarice. Let me run, eh?
        Hannibal Lecter: Tell me Clarice, would you ever say to me "stop"? If you loved me, you'd stop.
        Clarice Starling: Not in a thousand years.
        Hannibal Lecter: Not in a thousand years...
        Hannibal Lecter: That's my girl.
        Hannibal Lecter: Now that's really interesting. But I'm rather pressed for time. Where's the key?
        Hannibal Lecter: Okay...
        Hannibal Lecter: Above or below the wrist, Clarice?
        Hannibal Lecter: This is really going to hurt...


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          The Way You Are

          Mason Verger: I suppose now you wish that you had fed the rest of me to the dogs.
          Hannibal Lecter: No, Mason. I much prefer you the way you are.


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