The Silence of the Lambs

Hannibal Lecter: You fly back to school, now, little Starling. Fly, fly, fly...

Hannibal Lecter: You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition's given you some length of bone, but you're not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you, Agent Starling? And that accent you've tried so desperately to shed: pure West Virginia. What is your father, dear? Is he a coal miner? Does he stink of the lamp? You know how quickly the boys found you... all those tedious sticky fumblings in the back seats of cars... while you could only dream of getting out... getting anywhere... getting all the way to the FBI.

Clarice Starling: You see a lot, Doctor. But are you strong enough to point that high-powered perception at yourself? What about it? Why don't you - why don't you look at yourself and write down what you see? Or maybe you're afraid to.

Hannibal Lecter: You're very frank, Clarice. I think it would be quite something to know you in private life.

Hannibal Lecter: You still wake up sometimes, don't you? You wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the lambs.

Clarice Starling: Yes.

Hannibal Lecter: And you think if you save poor Catherine, you could make them stop, don't you? You think if Catherine lives, you won't wake up in the dark ever again to that awful screaming of the lambs.

Clarice Starling: I don't know. I don't know.

Hannibal Lecter: Thank you, Clarice. Thank you.

Clarice Starling: Tell me his name, Doctor.

Hannibal Lecter: Dr. Chilton, I presume. I think you know each other.

Dr. Frederick Chilton: Okay. Let's go.

Clarice Starling: It's your turn, Doctor.

Dr. Frederick Chilton: Out!

Clarice Starling: Tell me his name!

Boyle: I'm sorry, ma'am. We've got orders. We have to put you on a plane. Come on, now.

[Chilton and the guards start leading Clarice out]

Hannibal Lecter: Brave Clarice. You will let me know when those lambs stop screaming, won't you?

Clarice Starling: Tell me his name, Doctor!

Hannibal Lecter: Clarice, your case file. Goodbye, Clarice.

FBI Director Hayden Burke: Jack, Hannibal Lecter's being transferred to Memphis.

Jack Crawford: Transferred?

FBI Director Hayden Burke: Did you have a trainee make some sort of phony offer in the Senator's name?

Jack Crawford: Yeah, I rolled the dice. I had to.

FBI Director Hayden Burke: Well she's mad as hell, Jack. Paul Krendler's over here from Justice. She's asking him to take over in Memphis.

Jack Crawford: Believe me, you don't want Hannibal Lecter inside your head.

Jack Crawford: I remember you from my seminar at UVA. You grilled me pretty hard, as I recall, on the bureau's civil rights record in the Hoover years. I gave you an A.

Clarice Starling: A-minus, Sir.

Jack Crawford: Just do your job, but never forget what he is.

Clarice Starling: And what is that?

[cut to Clarice's first trip to the psychiatric prison]

Dr. Frederick Chilton: Oh, he's a monster. Pure psychopath. So rare to capture one alive. From a research point of view, Lecter is our most prized asset.

Jack Crawford: Look at it, Starling. Tell me what you see.

Jack Crawford: Starling, when I told that sheriff we shouldn't talk in front of a woman, that really burned you, didn't it? It was just smoke, Starling. I had to get rid of him.

Clarice Starling: It matters, Mr Crawford. Cops look at you to see how to act. It matters.

Jack Crawford: Point taken.