The Silence of the Lambs

Three decades and no one has touched it.

The first horror film to take Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and one of only three movies to win the top five Oscars, this remains a cinematic touchstone.

There was almost a version of this with original casting choices Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Connery, and Gene Hackman in place of Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glenn.

I love that trio, but the cast we got knocked it out of the park.

Foster, in particular, soars as a detective-in-training who may be small in stature, but is tough as they come.


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