|Leonard Maltin/Plot synopsis:
FBI trainee Foster is recruited to attempt to get through to a brilliant psychotic criminal, ``Hannibal the Cannibal'' Lecter (Hopkins), in the hope that he may help catch a serial killer. Almost unbearably intense, brilliantly acted (by Foster and Hopkins), and cannily put together--though the subject material is at times repellent. Based on the Thomas Harris best-seller; the Hannibal character appeared in a previous Harris adaptation, MANHUNTER. Oscar winner for Best Picture, Actor (Hopkins), Actress (Foster), Director, and Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally).