The Silence of the Lambs

Clarice Starling: Your name is?

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: Oh, uh Jack Gordon.

Clarice Starling: Mr. Gordon, good, uh... well Frederica used to work for Mrs. Lippman. Did you know her?

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: No, nuh-uh. Oh wait... was she a great big fat person?

Clarice Starling: Yeah she was a big girl, sir.

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: Yeah, I may've... no I read about her in the newspaper. Um, Mrs. Lippman had a son though, maybe he could help you. I got his card in here someplace. Do you wanna come in while I look for it?

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: Are you close to catching somebody you think?

Clarice Starling: Yes. We may be. Did you... take over this place after Mrs. Lippman died, is that right?

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: Yeah I - I bought this house... two years ago.

Clarice Starling: [looking around] Did she leave any records? Any business records, tax forms, lists of employees?

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: No, nothin' like that at all. Say, does the FBI learn somethin? The police around here don't seem to have the first clue.

[Clarice notices a moth]

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: ... I mean have you got like a description, fingerprints, anything like that?

Clarice Starling: No. No I don't.

[Clarice unbuttons her gun holster]

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: Oh, here's that number!

Clarice Starling: Very good Mr. Gordon. May I use your phone please?

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: [Gumb starts laughing] Sure you can use me phone.

Clarice Starling: [draws her gun] Freeze! Put your hands over your head and turn around! Spread your legs! Spread your legs! Put your hands in the back... thumbs up - FREEZE!

[Gumb runs off]

Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

Hannibal Lecter: Advancement, of course. Listen carefully. Look deep within yourself, Clarice Starling. Go seek out Miss Mofet, an old patient of mine. M-o-f-e-t. Go now, I don't think Miggs could manage again quite so soon, even though he is crazy.


Hannibal Lecter: Go now!

Hannibal Lecter: All good things to those who wait.

Hannibal Lecter: Closer, please. Clo-ser...

Hannibal Lecter: First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?

Clarice Starling: He kills women...

Hannibal Lecter: No. That is incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does? What needs does he serve by killing?

Clarice Starling: Anger, um, social acceptance, and, huh, sexual frustrations, sir...

Hannibal Lecter: No! He covets. That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer now.

Clarice Starling: No. We just...

Hannibal Lecter: No. We begin by coveting what we see every day. Don't you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice? And don't your eyes seek out the things you want?

Hannibal Lecter: Good evening, Clarice.

Hannibal Lecter: I would not have had that happen to you, discourtesy is unspeakably ugly to me.

Hannibal Lecter: Jack Crawford is helping your career isn't he? Apparently he likes you and you like him too.

Clarice Starling: I never thought about it.

Hannibal Lecter: Do you think that Jack Crawford wants you sexually? True, he is much older but do you think he visualizes scenarios, exchanges, fucking you?

Clarice Starling: That doesn't interest me Doctor and frankly, it's, it's the sort of thing that Miggs would say.

Hannibal Lecter: Not anymore.

Hannibal Lecter: Look for severe childhood disturbances associated with violence. Our Billy wasn't born a criminal, Clarice. He was made one through years of systematic abuse. Billy hates his own identity, you see, and he thinks that makes him a transsexual. But his pathology is a thousand times more savage and more terrifying.