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Absolutely the best of the batch. The script is perfect, the casting is top notch, the suspense is magnificent, and Hopkins' performance will make your skin crawl. The movie really was like seeing the novel on screen. The only part of the novel I would have kept in was the side story of Crawford's wife being terminally ill, his "crush:, if you will, on Starling, and Lecter sending the letter to Crawfor giving his condolences about his wife's illness. But honestly, it may have dragged the film down, in a film that keeps the action at a slower pace to keep that suspense. Honestly, just about a perfect film.

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Why did the Hannibal Lecter character succeed with readers and audiences everywhere?

And how do the books compare to the various adaptions?



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Silence of the Lambs is an excellent read and the movie adaptation was spot on (including great performances by Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins). Red Dragon is also an excellent book with the movie being OK (the Anthony Hopkins version - haven't seen the other one). Hannibal was OK but pretty depressing as a book and dismal as a movie (they basically went the opposite direction for the ending). Haven't seen or read any others.

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Hannibal Lecter (franchise)

Hannibal Lecter

Created by Thomas Harris
Original work Red Dragon
Print publications

Films and television

Television series Hannibal (2013–15)
The Hannibal Lecter franchise is an American media franchise that features the titular character, Hannibal Lecter, who originally appeared in a series of novels (starting with Red Dragon in 1981) by Thomas Harris. The series has since expanded into film and television.
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Films and television
The first adaptation was the 1986 film Manhunter, which was an adaptation of Red Dragon, directed by Michael Mann.

The next adaptation was 1991's The Silence of the Lambs, which was directed by Jonathan Demme and was the first film to feature Anthony Hopkins in the role of Hannibal Lecter. Silence was a success, both critically and financially, and went on to become the third film in Academy Awards history to win in all top five categories (Best Actor for Hopkins, Best Actress for Jodie Foster, Best Director for Demme, Best Adapted Screenplay for Ted Tally, and Best Picture). Hopkins reprised the role in the next two films, 2001's Hannibal, a sequel directed by Ridley Scott, and 2002's Red Dragon, a prequel directed by Brett Ratner. In 2002, Hopkins revealed that he had written a screenplay for another sequel, ending with Clarice killing Lecter but it was not produced.[1]

In 2007, Hannibal Rising was released. The film is a prequel, directed by Peter Webber and starring Gaspard Ulliel as Lecter.

In 2013, the TV series Hannibal premiered. Developed by Bryan Fuller, it is not a direct adaptation, but based on characters and elements from the novels. Some male characters have become female, such as Freddy Lounds, who is renamed Fredricka "Freddie" Lounds. The series has garnered much critical acclaim since its premiere, winning the 2014 and 2015 Saturn Award for Best Network Television Series, as well as the inaugural Best Action-Thriller Television Series in 2016.

In 2016, when asked if there were any sequels that he wished he could revisit, Hopkins said, "I made the mistake of doing two more [Hannibal Lecter movies] and I should have only done one."[2]

In 2017, Foster reprised her role as Starling in a skit titled "Clarice Probes Hannibal Lecter About Trump's Russia Ties" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, opposite Stephen Colbert as Hannibal Lecter. In the skit, Clarice questions Lecter on his relationship with Donald Trump and what he can tell her about his relationship with Russia.[

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Loaded Weapon Part 1 - Clip - Harold Leacher (Silence of the Lambs *spoof)

A spoof of Silence of the Lambs, Colt and Luger go to see Harold Leacher for help figuring out who is behind the cocain laced wilderness girls cookies. Loaded Weapon Part 1 Is a hilarious film that really never got main stream attention. While primarily a spoof on buddy cops movies, it spoofs bits and pieces from other films and TV as well.


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