The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster which features a psychopathic serial killer, Hannibal Lecter, who advises a young FBI agent as she tries to stop another serial killer.

Anthony Hopkins plays the part of Hannibal Lecter - a high functioning psychiatrist who suffers from Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD), who has been imprisoned for murder and cannibalism. In the movie, he develops a relationship with a young FBI agent, played by Jodie Foster, who is trying to track down another serial killer.

Although the plot is far-fetched, the movie makes an honest attempt to explore the psyche of a character who suffers from antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), representing him as a complex combination of character traits - rather than as just as a "pure evil" character. However, as with all popular stories, the character development is constrained by the need to be entertaining and so the emphasis of the writing and the production is put on the dramatic and shocking character traits.

The movie won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

You can watch the movie trailer here:

"The Silence Of The Lambs", 1991, Orion Pictures