-Jodie Foster: Clarice Starling
-Lawrence A. Bonney: FBI Instructor
-Kasi Lemmons: Ardelia Mapp
-Scott Glenn: Jack Crawford
-Anthony Heald: Dr. Frederick Chilton
-Frankie Faison: Barney
-Stuart Rudin: Miggs
-Anthony Hopkins: Dr. Hannibal Lecter
-Ted Levine: Jame Gumb
-Charles Napier: Lt. Boyle
-Clarice Starling is a young FBI agent who is drawn into the investigation of a woman who has gone missing and ended up as a hostage to a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. In order to gain a better insight into the mind of the killer, Clarice goes and talks to another serial killer, Hannibal Lecter.
-Hannibal Lecter was a well respected psychiatrist, who ended up a serial killer because he ate his victims. FBI agent Jack Crawford thinks that Lecter, who also can manipulate people and is clever, holds the key to finding the missing woman. But before Lecter will help her, she must first gain his confidence.
Did You Know?
-The moths used in the movie were Tobacco horn worm moths and they were given a special body shield bearing a skull and crossbones image
-Most of the filming took place in Pittsburgh
-Scott Glenn's character of FBI agent Jack Crawford was based on real life FBI Special Agent John E. Douglas. He was an early member of the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit. This agen twas involved in the investigation and capture of Gary Ridgway, aka The Green River Killer, who killed 71 women and was believed to have killed more than 90 between 1982-1998
-The character Buffalo Bill is the deadly combination of Ed Gein, who skinned his victims, Ted Bundy, who used a cast on his hand to make women get into his van, Gary Hednick, who kept women he kidnapped in a dark pit in his basement.
-The moth cocoon found in the victims throats were made of Tootsie-Rolls and gummy bears, to make them edible
-In the scene where Lecter talks about consuming someone's liver with fava beans and a nice chianti, something not alot of people know is that these 2 substances contain something called tyramine, which is fatal if you are taking a certain type of antidepressant drug called MAO inhibitors. These were primarily used on people in mental hospitals