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Silence of the Lambs, The

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  • Theatrical Version
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Release: Feb 13, 2011 - Author: brainbug1602 - Translator: brainbug1602 - external link: IMDB
Clarice Starling is in her final years at the FBI Accademy. She studies hard, earns good greats and is among the best of her class. That is why her supervisor gives her the task to recruit the imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter as an informant. The Psychologist Lecter is imprisoned because her killed and ate several of his patients. She gains his trust and it seems Lecter knows something about Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who skinded and killed several women. When the daughter of Senator Martin gets kidnaped by Bill, time is running out...

"The Silence of the Lambs" is based on the novel with the same name by Thomas Harris and like in the earlier released "Red Dragon" the figure of Hannibal Lecter appears again. Anthony Hopkins gives a creepy athmosphere to the figure with pure horror under the cultivated surrvace. The movie is a very dark killer hunt with a few shock scenes.

The movie was a big success, got nominated seven times for the oscar and won five of them. This might have surprised Dino DeLaurentis, who gave the right for free to Orion Pictures, after the poor success of Manhunter. „Silence of the Lambs“ gave the careers of Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and director Jonathan Demme a big boost. Hopkins played the role of Dr. Lecter another two times in the sequel „Hannibal“ and the Prequel „Red Dragon“.

There are some differences between the Workprint version and the Theatrical Release. The Workprint is more or less a final cut of the movie. Beside many minor changes, here and there are some scenes, which were removed in the Theatrical Version. The image quality of the Workprint is especially in dark scenes pretty bad.

The Workprint got an alternate Soundtrack. In some parts there is no or different music and in other parts the same music compared to the Thatrical Version. For example at the beginning when Starling runs through the wood. The Workprint features a different dark/haunting music with a musical box motive.
Furthermore all the Credits and the location names are missing in the Workprint.

Compared the the Theatrical Version the Workprint of „Silence of the Lambs“ features on the one hand many short scene extensions and cuts and also alterante scenes. Here follows a list of the most interesting scenes, that are missing in the Theatrical Version.


  • Lecter gives Starling the crypted hint to search in some old storage room. There she finds the severed head of Raspail one of Lecteres patients. In the Workprint Starling can been seen much longer while watching the glas with Rapsiald head in it. Then she lights from the torso back to the head.



  • After Brigham gave Starling her new instructions, the Workprint featuers a new scene. Starling and Brigham are in the gun room and Brigham gives her a gun.



  • Before Starling and Crawford meet the sheriff at the funeral in Elk River is a new scene in the Workprint. Crawford and Starling sit in the car and he tells her to stay open and not to work on her own. The sheriff walks to the car.



  • There is more dialogue between Crawford and Starling on the way home from the funeral in the Workprint. Starling mentions, that an insect cocoon was found in Raspails head and Lecter most likely knows the suspect.



  • A new short scenes shows Starling in a lecture. The scene is placed before news report about the abduction of Catherine.



  • Another new scene with Crawford and Starling. Both are in the car. Starling goes through some papers and mentions, that this is a good deal Lecter.



  • When Lecters leaves his cell to kill Pembry the Workprint features new scenes. Prembry crawls of the floor. Lecter follows him, opens his knife and says "Ready when you are, Sergeant Pembry.".



  • The scene in which the police officers find Pembrys body in the elvator is longer. The police officers enter the elevator. The chief takes a look at the body and says that this is not Lecter but Pembry.



  • Before the conversation between Starling and Ardelia Bill can be seen longer. He keeps on sawing on the piece of skin and starts screaming because he made a mistake.



  • The longest scene extension takes place before Starling goes to Belvedere. There is a new scene with Starling, Crawford, Burke and Krendler in the Workprint. Starling mentions, that the killer might be from Belvedere, which was implied by Lecter. Krendler appears skeptical and argues with Crawford about Lecters escape. Burke suspends Starling.



    Then Crawford and Starling are leaving the building. Starling appears despite her suspension determined to go to Belvedere. Crawford gives her some money and his number.



    The airplane takes off. Some scenes of Bills room can be seen. He prepared another cocoon and lays it on the table.



    The airplane lands. Then Starling can be seen at the airport counter.


[00:00:21][00:00:29]

The trees are shown longer in the Theatrical Version.



TV: 10 Sek.


[00:01:31][00:01:46]

Another POV Shot of Starling running through the wood.



WP: 7 Sek.


[00:03:14][00:03:22]

The building can be seen longer.



WP: 0,5 Sek.


[00:03:27][00:03:35]

The building can be seen longer.



WP: 3 Sek.


[00:03:37][00:03:41]

The police man can be seen earlier cleaning his weapon.



WP: 4 Sek.


[00:07:34][00:07:34]

WP:

The Workprint shows Starling, than a cut to Crawford.



TV:

In the Theatrical Version features an alternate take of Crawford.



Same dialogue.

WP: 10 Sek.
TV: 5 Sek.


[00:07:51][00:07:48]

WP:

Crawford can be seen longer then a cut to Starling.



TV:

Cut to Starling than to Crawford.



WP: 9 Sek.
TV: 7 Sek.


[00:08:07][00:08:06]

WP:

The building can be seen longer.



TV:

Chilton can be seen earlier.



WP: 3 Sek.
TV: 2 Sek.


[00:09:19][00:09:18]

The Workprint shows one of the convicts, who gets lead throgh the hallway.



WP: 3 Sek.


[00:17:49][00:17:46]

Lecter says to Starling that she's tough. Starling approve his statement.



WP: 6 Sek.


[00:19:35][00:19:25]

Starling leaving the building is missing in the Workprint. Then a cut to the car. The next scene shows Starling a little bit earlier.



TV: 19 Sek.


[00:19:38][00:19:46]

The car can be seen earlier in the Workprint.



WP: 1 Sek.


[00:19:41][00:19:48]

Cut to the girl. The car drives in the driveway. Cut to Starling.



WP: 7 Sek.


[00:19:51][00:19:51]

WP:

The girl approaches the car.



TV:

Cut to Starling.



WP: 5 Sek.
TV: 4 Sek.


[00:20:33][00:20:32]

The Theatrical Version shows another scene of the shooting range.



TV: 2 Sek.


[00:26:37][00:26:39]

WP:

Starling can been seen much longer while watching the glas with Rapsiald head in it. Then she lights from the torso back to the head.



TV:

The Theatrical Version shows instead a slow camera movement towards Raspails head.



WP: 18 Sek.
TV: 9 Sek.


[00:27:11][00:27:04]

The two entering the building can be seen longer.



WP: 5 Sek.


[00:27:28][00:27:16]

In the Workprint the camera pans through Lecters cell, which seems to be empty.



WP: 7 Sek.


[00:27:51][00:27:32]

WP:

Starling can be seen longer in the Workprint.



TV:

In the Theatrical Version the pan through Lecters cell can be seen when Starling looks back towards the cell.



WP: 1 Sek.
TV: 7 Sek.


[00:30:05][00:29:52]

WP:

The cell can be seen longer in the Workprint.



TV:

The Theatrical Version cuts instead earlier to Lecter.



WP: 2 Sek.
TV: 2 Sek.


[00:34:19][00:34:05]

Bill can be seen earlier.



WP: 1 Sek.


[00:35:17][00:35:02]

WP:

No cut. Starling can be seen longer in the boxing exercise.



TV:

Close up of Starling, then of her boxing partner. The camera pans to Brigham.



WP: 16 Sek.
TV: 7 Sek.


[00:35:36][00:35:12]

WP:

Cut to Starling.



TV:

The camera stays on Brigham.



WP: 2 Sek.
TV: 2 Sek.


[00:35:58][00:35:34]

There is a new scene in the Workprint. Starling gets a gun from Birgham.



WP: 21 Sek.


[00:36:24][00:35:39]

The river can be seen longer in the Theatrical Version.



TV: 1 Sek.


[00:37:49][00:37:05]

Crawford can be seen earlier in the Workprint.



WP: 2 Sek.


[00:37:54][00:37:09]

In the Theatrical Version Crawford can be seen longer and then Starling earlier.



TV: 4 Sek.


[00:39:11][00:38:28]

New scene in the Workprint.

Crawford tells Starling to stay open and not to work on her own. The sheriff walks to the car.



WP: 21 Sek.


[00:40:01][00:38:57]

WP:

Cut to the sheriff, then to Starling and back to the sheriff.



TV:

Cut to Crawford, than to the sheriff and finally to Starling and back to the sheriff.



Same dialogue.

WP: 10 Sek.
TV: 15 Sek.


[00:40:27][00:39:27]

Starling can be seen earlier in the Theatrical Version.



TV: 14 Sek.


[00:41:08][00:40:22]

WP:

POV Shot of Starling approaching the body. Young Starling with a flower in her hand can be seen. POV Shot: Starling approaches the body.



TV:

Alternate POV Shot of Starling (? might be the same, but the quality of the WP is too bad in this scene). Cut to Starling. POV Shot: Starling approaches the body. In the next shot the young Starling can be seen earlier.



WP: 26 Sek.
TV: 26 Sek.


[00:41:47][00:41:01]

WP:

The sheriff can be seen longer. Than a cut to Starling.



TV:

Only Starling can be seen.



Same dialogue.

WP: 5 Sek.
TV: 3 Sek.


[00:42:19][00:41:30]

WP:

Starling can be seen longer. Then a cut to the police officers.



TV:

The Theatrical Version cuts earlier to the police officers. Then to Starling and back to the police officers.



Same dialogue.

WP: 6 Sek.
TV: 7 Sek.


[00:42:30][00:41:43]

The Theatrical Version shows longer the police officers leaving the room.



TV: 3 Sek.


[00:44:54][00:44:10]

WP:

Cut to Crawford. Then the body can be seen earlier.



TV:

No cut. Starling still can be seen.



Same dialogue.

WP: 5 Sek.
TV: 2 Sek.


[00:46:45][00:45:58]

There is more dialogue between Crawford and Starling in the Workprint. Starling mentions, that an insect cocoon was found in Raspails head and Lecter most likely knows the suspect.



WP: 1:20 Min.


[00:49:37][00:47:32]

The camera moving over the bugs starts earlier in the Workprint.



WP: 4 Sek.


[00:50:09][00:48:00]

Cut to Starling, then the doctor adds "The amusing house wine?".



TV: 4 Sek.


[00:51:42][00:49:36]

WP:

The Workprint shows Starling in a lecture. The speaker tells, that every serial killer has been molested or rejected once. Then Starling and another girl can be seen walking in the hallway.



TV:

The Theatrical Version shows instead a POV Shot towards the television.



WP: 19 Sek.
TV: 7 Sek.


[00:53:43][00:51:25]

WP:

The news anchors are shown one more time. Then a cut to Crawford and Starling in the car. Starling goes through some papers and mentions, that this is a good deal Lecter. Then Lecters asylum can be seen.



TV:

The Theatical Version shows Chilton instead. He is angry, because of the lack of information he recieves, regarding the conversations with Lecter. Starling refers him to another bureau.



WP: 49 Sek.
TV: 37 Sek.


[01:00:05][00:57:35]

More dialogue from Lecter in the Workprint. The dialogue has been shifted.

At the beginning of the scene Lecter mentions, that she should first the check the persons who lied about their criminal records.



WP: 8 Sek.


[01:03:00][01:00:21]

WP:

There is another cut to the pen in the Workprint. Then Chilton asks Lecter for Bills name. Lecter tells him his first name and says, he will tell the rest to the senator herself.



TV:

Alternate scene of the dialogue between Chilton and Lecter. The dialogue is the same. Chilton orders to remove Lecter at the end.



WP: 17 Sek.
TV: 18 Sek.


[01:06:46][01:04:08]

WP:


Chilton looks to the senator.



TV:

The senator can be seen earlier.



WP: 2 Sek.
TV: 2 Sek.


[01:07:09][01:04:32]

Lecter adds to the senator, that Crawford and Starling are not trustworthy.

The beginning of this dialogue starts when the senator can be seen.

Then Lecter can be seen earlier.



WP: 6 Sek.


[01:08:29][01:05:46]

The Theatrical Version shows the index of the elevator.



TV: 4 Sek.


[01:15:18][01:12:38]

Lecter can be seen earlier in the Theatrical Version.



TV: 7 Sek.


[01:15:25][01:12:52]

The police officers can be seen earlier in the Theatrical Version.



TV: 1 Sek.


[01:16:35][01:14:03]

Starling can be seen longer in the Workprint.



WP: 2 Sek.


[01:20:39][01:18:06]

WP:

Sergeant Pembry crawls over the floor. Lecter approaches him and opens the knife.

Lecter: "Ready when you are, Sergeant Pembry."



TV:

Lecter leaves the cell and says "Ready when you are, Sergeant Pembry.".



Then the index can be seen a little bit earlier.



WP: 19 Sek.
TV: 10 Sek.


[01:21:02][01:18:20]

The police officers can be seen a little bit earlier in the Workprint.



WP: 2 Sek.


[01:21:18][01:18:34]

The police officer can be seen earlier in the Workprint.



WP: 1 Sek.


[01:21:26][01:18:40]

WP:

Cut to a female police officer.



TV:

The Theatrical Version shows instead a male police officer.



WP: 2 Sek.
TV: 2 Sek.


[01:21:30][01:18:44]

The police officer can be seen earlier and he says "We got a code red".



WP: 3 Sek.


[01:21:38][01:18:50]

WP:

The two police officers can be seen longer. Then a cut to the index.



TV:

Alternate shot of the index.



WP: 4 Sek.
TV: 4 Sek.


[01:22:37][01:19:49]

WP:

The dead police officer can be seen.



TV:

The Theatrical Version shows instead the camera moving away from the dead police officer.



WP: 3 Sek.
TV: 6 Sek.


[01:22:44][01:19:59]

There is a take of the dead police officer on the floor in the Theatrical Version.



TV: 2 Sek.


[01:22:48][01:20:05]

The police officer can be seen longer in the Theatrical Version.



TV: 1 Sek.


[01:23:02][01:20:20]

The female police officer says something in the Workprint.



WP: 2 Sek.


[01:23:09][01:20:25]

WP:

The police officer asks for an abmulance.



TV:

Same sentence, but instead two police officers can be seen.



WP: 2 Sek.
TV: 2 Sek.


[01:27:11][01:24:27]

The police officers enter the elevator. The chief takes a look at the body and says that this is not Lecter but Pembry.



WP: 27 Sek.


[01:28:02][01:24:52]

Lecter opens his knife in the Workprint.



WP: 3 Sek.


[01:29:14][01:26:01]

Bill keeps on sawing on the piece of skin and starts screaming because he made a mistake.

In the next scene Starling and Ardelia can be seen earlier.



WP: 32 Sek.


[01:30:10][01:26:27]

WP:

Cut to Ardelia.

Ardelia: "Well except for the one girl."



TV:

Alternate scene with a slightly changed sentence.

Ardelia: "Random because of the one girl."



WP: 2 Sek.
TV: 2 Sek.


[01:30:49][01:27:05]

There is a new scene with Starling, Crawford, Burke and Krendler in the Workprint. Starling mentions, that the killer might be from Belvedere, which was implied by Lecter. Krendler appears skeptical and argues with Crawford about Lecters escape. Burke suspends Starling.



Then Crawford and Starling are leaving the building. Starling appears despite her suspension determined to go to Belvedere. Crawford gives her some money and his number.



The airplane takes off. Some scenes of Bills room can be seen. He prepared another cocoon and lays it on the table.



The airplane lands. Then Starling can be seen at the airport counter.



WP: 2:56 Min.


[01:34:21][01:27:41]

The Theatrical Version shows a train going through Belvedere.



TV: 4 Sek.


[01:35:24][01:28:47]

WP:

Starling lowers her head in the Workprint. Then the father can be seen.



TV:

Alternate take of the father.



WP: 4 Sek.
TV: 5 Sek.


[01:39:08][01:32:33]

WP:

Starling can be seen longer. Then a cut to Crawford.



TV:

Alternate take of Crawford. At the beginning he mentions, that Bill should be connected to murder and not abduction.



WP: 6 Sek.
TV: 9 Sek.


[01:39:31][01:32:59]

WP:

Starling can be seen longer. She lays the walkie-talkie aside.



TV:

The Theatical Version shows the turning airplane. Then Catherine, who binds a cord around a bone.



WP: 9 Sek.
TV: 29 sek.


[01:39:47][01:33:36]

Catherine can be seen earlier.



WP: 3 Sek.


[01:40:39][01:34:24]

The piercing can be seen a little bit longer.



WP: 1 Sek.


[01:40:41][01:34:26]

WP:

Cut to the dog.



TV:

Alternate take of the dog.



WP: 5 Sek.
TV: 6 Sek.


[01:40:51][01:34:38]

The chain can be seen a little bit longer.



WP: 1 Sek.


[01:41:24][01:35:10]

WP:

Cut to Catherine.



TV:

Alternate take of Catherine.



WP: 2 Sek.
TV: 3 Sek.


[01:41:30][01:35:18]

WP:

The dog dodges the bucket.



TV:

Alternate take of this scene.



WP: 2 Sek.
TV: 1 Sek.


[01:41:41][01:35:28]

Catherine can be seen earlier.



WP: 2 Sek.


[01:42:29][01:36:15]

WP:

Cut to the camera.



TV:

Bill can be seen a little bit longer.



WP: 6 Sek.
TV: 1 Sek.


[01:42:52][01:36:33]

WP:

Stacy is shocked, after Starling told her that her friend was skinned.



TV:

Alternate scenes with more dialogue. These scenes follow later in the Workprint.

Stacy: "Is that a good job, FBI agent? You get to travel around and stuff? I mean, better places than this?"
Starling: "Sometimes you do."
Stacy: "Freddie was so happy for me when I got this job at the bank. Toaster giveaways and Barry Manilow on the speakers all day. She thought it was such hot shit. What did she know? Big dummy."



WP: 6 Sek.
TV: 24 Sek.


[01:43:13][01:37:12]

Stacy mentions, that she was good in sewing.



WP: 3 Sek.


[01:43:26][01:37:24]

Stacys adds that the woman died and then follow the scenes previous seen in the Theatrical Version.

Stacy: "Is that a good job, FBI agent? You get to travel around and stuff? I mean, better places than this?"
Starling: "Sometimes you do."
Stacy: "Freddie was so happy for me when I got this job at the bank. Toaster giveaways and Barry Manilow on the speakers all day. She thought it was such hot shit. What did she know? Big dummy."



WP: 39 Sek.


[01:44:08][01:37:27]

WP:

Two takes of Bills room can be seen.



TV:

The house can be seen longer.



WP: 6 Sek.
TV: 2 Sek.


[01:44:24][01:37:39]

WP:

Bill looks at the bug in his hand.



TV:

Bill can be seen longer. He removes the cocoon of the bug.



WP: 4 Sek.
TV: 8 Sek.


[01:44:56][01:38:15]

WP:

The soldiers sneak around the house.



TV:

Crawford can be seen.



WP: 3 Sek.
TV: 4 Sek.


[01:45:04][01:38:24]

WP:

Now Crawford can be seen.



TV:

Two FBI agents can be seen.



WP: 4 Sek.
TV: 3 Sek.


[01:45:29][01:38:48]

Catherine threatens to kill the dog.



WP: 3 Sek.


[01:46:25][01:39:42]

WP:

Starling knocks at the door and shows to Bill her identification. Then Bill can be seen earlier.



TV:

Crawford orders to enter the building.



WP: 9 Sek.
TV: 4 Sek.


[01:50:21][01:43:34]

Starling can be seen longer in the Workprint. She walks forward.



WP: 6 Sek.


[01:50:41][01:43:49]

Starling can be seen longer in the Workprint. She opens the door. The room is empty. She walks to another door.



WP: 32 Sek.


[01:52:37][01:45:14]

The Workprint features a camera pan through the empty room.



WP: 4 Sek.


[01:54:24][01:46:56]

Starling can be seen longer in the Workprint.



WP: 3 Sek.


[01:54:30][01:47:00]

The Workprint features a cut to Straling walking through the room.



WP: 12 Sek.


[01:54:49][01:47:08]

Starling can be seen earlier in the Workprint.



WP: 8 Sek.


[01:55:10][01:47:20]

The black screen is longer in the Theatrical Version. The POV shot of Bill with the night goggles stars earlier.



TV: 3 Sek.


[01:56:24][01:48:36]

Bills hand can be seen longer in the Theatrical Version.



TV: 2 Sek.


[01:56:26][01:48:39]

WP:

Bill pulls his hand back. Cut to Bill, who raises his gun. Starling can be seen earlier in the next take.



TV:

Alternate take of Bill, who pulls the hand back. He tries once again to touch Starling. Cut to Bill, who raises his gun. Cut to Starling and back to Bill, who pulls the bolt of the gun back.



WP: 10 Sek.
TV: 21 Sek.


[01:46:41][01:49:05]

The window bursts in slow motion in the Theatrical Version.



WP: 1 Sek.
TV: 2 Sek.


[01:57:12][01:49:36]

The camera zooms longer to Bill in the Theatrical Version.



TV: 2 Sek.


[01:59:14][01:51:40]

The Theatrical Version features a cut to Starling, who starts smiling.



TV: 3 Sek.


[01:59:38][01:52:07]

A bit of dialogue between Lecter and Starling is missing in the Workprint.

Lecter: "I have no plans to call on you, Clarice. The world's more interesting with you in it. So you take care now to extend me the same courtesy."
Starling: "You know I can't make that promise."



TV: 11 Sek.


[01:59:40][01:52:21]

WP:

Starling can be seen when Lecter says "I'm having an old friend for dinner.".



TV:

The Theatrical Version shows instead a few people leaving a plane. Chilton is among them.



WP: 6 Sek.
TV: 5 Sek.


[02:00:00][01:52:41]

WP:

The camera zooms back. Starling keeps asking for Lecter. Chilton can be seen.



TV:

The Theatrical Version shows instead Chilton, who gets picked up.



WP: 10 Sek.
TV: 7 Sek.


[02:00:56][01:53:33]

The end credits are missing in the Workprint and with them the street scenes.



TV: 4:42 Min.
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