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Hannibal | 2001 | R | - 4.10.5

In this sequel to 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs," the cerebral cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), now living under an alias in Florence, returns to the U.S. to stop FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) from reinvestigating his case. Also with Giancarlo Giannini, Ray Liotta, Alex Corrado, Gary Oldman and Zeljko Ivanek. [2:11]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - References to male and female genitalia, pedophilia and homosexuality. A man briefly kisses a woman. Two men flirt and dance together. We see several sketches of a naked woman, some photos of corpses that might be naked, the backside of a man in his underwear, a woman in her bra and underwear, and a woman wearing a cleavage-revealing top in one extended scene (her very low-cut dress shows parts of her bare breasts between her two nipples, but no nipples are visible).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - A person cuts off the top of another's skull (we see several shots of the bloody brain), cuts a piece of the brain out and fries it, then makes the person eat the piece of brain. A person rips out what seems to be the liver or stomach of another; we see blood coming out of the person's gut and then watch the person die in pain. A person grabs another by the head and begins eating the person's face; we see blood dripping out of the cannibal's mouth. A person rips apart another and eats some of the body; we hear the victim's pained cries and the perpetrator's chewing and slurping noises. A person slices another's throat; we see blood gush out, and then the person dies in a pool of blood. Screaming and wailing sounds prompt trained-to-kill boars to attack a human dummy; later they attack and eat a person (we see lots of blood while they're eating and pulling skin off the person's face). In another scene, a person is tossed off a loft, falls hard on the ground, and is then eaten to death by the boars. Someone's guts are chopped out; we see the guts hanging from the body and then falling to the ground (they are very bloody). A person is hanged (the body dangles from a balcony); a person is crushed between two cars and then shot to death (blood gushes out of the person's mouth); a person is shot in the chest several times; a person holding a baby is shot in the chest and killed, resulting in spurting blood (the baby is unharmed); and a person is shot in the back with a tranquilizer and punched in the face a few times. Someone is run over by a car (blood splatters on the windshield), and another person is nearly run over. A person slams a cleaver down and appears to chop off another's hand (we see the person's pained expression); we soon realize, however, that the person's hand hasn't been cut. A person grabs another, briefly smothers him, tapes his mouth shut and then ties him up. A person's hair is pinned in a refrigerator door, and then the person is threatened. Some threatening with guns; several shots are fired. We see blood dripping down someone's face; also, a person cuts open his face with a piece of glass (blood drips down his face). We see relief carvings of a man being hanged (we see his cut-open stomach with the bowels hanging out). Several times we see a person with a scarred, disfigured face. We see several photos of bloody body parts and bloody corpses (which have been physically marred, bruised, beaten, eaten, etc.). We see a close-up of a needle piercing a person's skin. A man feeds fried brains (presumably human brains) to a young boy. A man picks up a dead pigeon.


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LANGUAGE 5 - Two F-words, several anatomical references, a few mild obscenities and religious profanities, and a few insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Cannibalism, FBI investigations, serial killing, justice, manipulation, mind games, courage, art history, right vs. wrong, personal vs. professional ethics.

MESSAGE - A good brain is a terrible thing to waste. Cannibals are people too.

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