Hannibal (2001)

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Corrected entry: After giving the presentation with Inspector Pazzi in attendance, Hannibal disembowels him and hangs him from a balcony of the Palazzo Vecchio. Moments earlier, Hannibal shows Pazzi a projected art rendering of his ancestor, Francesco De Pazzi, hanging from a rope and tells Pazzi that he was "hanging beneath these very windows." Clearly he's talking about the windows of the Palazzo Vecchio, since that's the building that they're in at the moment. The problem is, the Palazzo Vacchio is unmistakably seen in its entirety far off in the distance in the art rendering.

Correction: Hannibal actually shows Pazzi two slides that are apparently unrelated. In the first, the Palazzo Vecchio is seen in the distance, but there is nobody being hanged in the foreground. Hannibal tells Pazzi it was the one he had told him about (but it's not) and asks Pazzi if he can "make it out." It's a trap. Pazzi looks at it inquisitively and takes steps toward it. As he does, Hannibal switches the projection to a slide of Pazzi's ancestor hanging, with an unidentified wall in the backdrop that could indeed be the Palazzo Vecchio (this is the one that he had told Pazzi about before).

Corrected entry: In the scene where Pazzi meets with Lecter in the Capponi Library, at one point Lecter walks behind Pazzi while speaking and the white parts of his dark blue pajamas can actually be seen on top of Pazzi's trench coat. This is because the two shots were in fact spliced together to account for the actor's movements on screen as they spoke.


Correction: The white in the image is simply Pazzi turning the white pages of the document he is looking at.

Corrected entry: Gary Oldman originally wanted to share top billing with Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore. When the producers denied his request, he declined to have any billing at all and, in the original theatrical release, remained uncredited at the film's opening and closing credits. However, he is credited in the VHS & DVD releases.

Correction: That isn't true at all. Gary Oldman wanted the audience to 'watch' and 'listen' to the character and not be distracted by his stardom. Furthermore Oldman is well known for cameo roles and isn't a prima donna as your comment suggests.

Corrected entry: In Hannibal, Clarice says that in Memphis, Lecter killed 3 police officers during his escape. However, in The Silence Of The Lambs, he is seen murdering 2 police officers, and is later mentioned killing 2 paramedics and a tourist.


Correction: Just because he is only 'seen' killing two police officers, he may very well have killed a third, off-screen, during his escape.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Clarice is asking Barney where all of Dr. Lecter's belongings from the hospital are, Clarice mentions that Dr. Lecter's drawings are missing. The drawings are not missing. Clarice gave them back to Dr. Lecter at their final face-to-face in "The Silence of the Lambs."

Correction: Lecter didn't take his drawings with him when he broke out, so they were left with his other possessions, which would have been stored away somewhere. Presumably they are no longer there, implying that somebody, probably Barney, has removed them from the storage facility and sold them.


Corrected entry: When the thief Lecter stabbed is lying dead in the street, you would think that in a street full of people that someone would notice a dead man.

Correction: The inspector is with the thief entire scene, covering him in the corner. There is no reason why somebody wouldn't have noticed him right after.

Corrected entry: When Inspector Pazzi visits Hannibal to pick up the previous librarian's belongings, Hannibal steps into another room and dons a pair of gloves on the excuse that the building is very cold. At least two shots during the scene, however, he is walking barefoot on the stone floor.

Correction: Lecter has to give some excuse for putting on the gloves - he can hardly say "I'm a wanted psychopath and I don't want you to get my fingerprints". Given that he's barefoot, the excuse isn't particularly good, but he doesn't have the time to come up with anything better. Pazzi may not pick up on it, or, if he does, he doesn't say anything, but that's a character mistake, not a movie mistake.


Corrected entry: When Lecter is in the hospital stealing the autopsy equpiment, he closes the door after a man walks through rolling a corpse. Most people probably didn't notice or realise, but when he closed the door, he was actually locking the man in the freezer - that is why the orange light began to flash, as an alarm. The man would have frozen or sufficated soon if not retrieved. Just another murder or at the very least attempted murder of Lecter's that went unnoticed.


Correction: The freezer door had a latch on the inside that is clearly visible before he closes it. These interior latches cannot be locked, even if the outside latch is locked, to prevent this exact occurrence.


Corrected entry: When Clarice is talking with the other agents about Mason they say he was upset when the FBI took Hannibal off of the 10 most wanted list, but when the Italian inspector accesses the FBI's most wanted list Hannibal is still on it.

Correction: In his phone conversation with Clarice, Lecter comments that he has been elevated to the ten most wanted list - obviously they decided to put him back again.


Corrected entry: In the scene just after Starling's visit with Barney, she is listening to a tape of a late night conversation between Barney and Dr. Lecter (where the good doc was comparing Starling's behaviour to that of a Roller Pigeon). This tape shouldn't even exist given that Dr. Chilton was supposedly only taping Lecter's conversations with Starling. Even the empty tape case is labelled "Lecter and Starling", yet only Lecter and Barney are on the tape.

Correction: They key word here is "supposedly". The good doctor Chilton was taping other conversations Hannibal had, and lied about it afterwards. The reason being that Lecter was his most famous inmate, and any new information from him would be worth gold. And then, in a feeble attempt to cover up, he labelled the tape as a legit recording.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Drumgo's henchmen shoot it out with the FBI, the thug carrying the diaper bag has no weapon crossing the street. Right before he pulls the shotgun out to shoot at Bolton, it's obvious that it was too large to have been hidden in the bag the entire time.

Correction: Watch the "Anatomy of a Shootout" on the special features part on the DVD. It shows him pull the gun out of the bag.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the woman and Mason match the fingerprint to Dr.Lecter they use a computer. In no part of the fingerprinting process do you use a computer, even for a match.

Correction: Fingerprints can and are scanned into computers all the time and digitized for matching purposes.

Corrected entry: In the movie "Red Dragon", the police do not have a clue that Lecter is a serial killer until he attacks Will Graham. In "Hannibal", it is stated that Mason Verger was Lecter's 4th victim, the only one to survive. Wouldn't Verger recognise Lecter if he was a famous psychiatrist?

Correction: Being that Verger was most likely close to death, and seeing the amount of damage that was done to his face, It is reasonable to think that Verger was incapacitated when found by the authorities.

Corrected entry: When Hannibal has Pazzi duct-taped to the carrier, Pazzi can clearly still move his head around, so why in the world does Hannibal instruct him to answer 'yes' or 'no' by blinking, instead of simply nodding his head?


Correction: So that Pazzi becomes confused. He later asks him "was that a yes or a no?" He has imposed the blinking rule because Pazzi is panicking and he almost wants him to make a mistake. It's part of his mind games and torture.

David Mercier

Corrected entry: While Julianne Moore and Anthony Hopkins are talking in the mall, Anthony Hopkins's hair is plainly grey. Later, at the gruesome dinner party, his hair is a great deal darker, almost black.

Correction: He has dyed it, wishing to look his best because he is going to a dinner party with a lady.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi is talking to Gnocco (the pickpocket) about how to get Hannibal's fingerprint on the bracelet, he tells Gnocco to "wash his filthy hands". Gnocco is holding an orange in his right hand, yet a split second later, when Gnocco is holding his hand under the fountain to clean it, the orange has disappeared. This all happened way too quickly for Gnocco to have had the time to simply drop the orange.

Correction: You can see him put the orange down. Look carefully.

Corrected entry: It wouldn't have taken a crack FBI handwriting expert to see that the fake postcard masterminded by Mason Verger looked nothing like Dr. Lecter's very dramatic penmanship. They already had a 3 page letter to compare with.


Correction: It's a set up. Clarice even mentions that they should have a handwriting expert look at it, but her suggestion falls on deaf ears, because the other agents want her off the case.

Corrected entry: When the Italian Police Inspector is on the pay phone in the middle of the street and he gets the recording that tells him how to go about collecting the reward money for Hannibal's "capture" there is a message at the end of the info that lets the caller know that they could press 1 for instructions in French, 2 for German, 3 for Italian, etc... However these instructions are in English! If you speak a different language you wouldn't understand it. And anyone who has ever called a machine like that will tell you that the instructions for each different language are in that language...


Correction: I actually had this happen to me once. I was making a call and it said "To hear these instructions in Spanish, press..." I don't speak Spanish, but if I heard someone say "Ingleis", I would know what they were talking about. It is weird, but obviously not impossible.

Corrected entry: At the restaurant when Inspector Pazzi is watching Dr.Lecter drinking his wine, Hannibal gets up and leaves without paying for his drink.

Correction: In Italy it is possible to pay immediately when getting the drink or just to leave the money on the table if you know how much it costs.

Corrected entry: When Agent Starling was reading the letter from Dr. Lecter, she is in the lab which is lit in florescent light. As she finishes the letter and the camera focuses back on Clarice, the room is lit in a sort of candle or fire light.

Correction: She turns off the light and then the lights to the building are then turned off for whatever reason. She does turn off the light.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Francesco Pazzi calls the Credit Suisse bank in Switzerland he uses an impossible number: 004122xxx instead of 0041800xxxxxx which would be a toll free Swiss number.


Correction: Probably done intentionally to avoid crank calls, much in the way they use 555 for American numbers.

J I Cohen

Corrected entry: In the scene where Clarice has to give up her gun and badge before she goes home, her earrings change from studs to hoops.

Correction: She has changed from her work clothes before heading up to her lake house. It is not out of the question that she would have changed earrings as well.


Corrected entry: In the scene that shows Clarice coming into her home with a box, there is a hat on the stairpost, after she shoves the box under the bench the hat is gone.

Correction: That hat is always there. You can see a tiny bit of it on the far right of the screen after she shoves the box under the bench.


Corrected entry: At the payphone, Pazzi writes down a phone number on the back of his hand. After listening to the message about the fingerprint, he turns and walks directly to Hannibal's place. When he waves at the camera, the back of his hand is perfectly clean. He never had an opportunity to wash it off.

Correction: Pen ink easily comes off with a little spit and some rubbing. Pazzi could have easily done this on the way over to Hannibal's place to avoid raising his suspicion - it's likely Hannibal would keep track of numbers relating to his capture.


Corrected entry: During the initial FBI operation, you'd think that if Clarice didn't want to blow the agents' cover she'd have worn a hairstyle that would have concealed the otherwise very obvious earpiece from her radio.

Correction: Her earpiece is very small and skin colored. And is very hard to detect unless if you are right next to her. She doesn't need to disguise it further.


Corrected entry: Right before the final scene with Dr Lecter on the aeroplane, it shows an outside shot of the aeroplane. However, it is light outside the aeroplane (at the very least, sunset) and when it cuts to the interior of the plane, with Lecter and the boy, it's dark... All the interior lights are on.

Correction: The film is not shot in real time. The outside shot is just there to let the audience establish that Lecter is on a plane.


Corrected entry: Inspector Pazzi has to enter a user name and password to view the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. The list is freely viewable by the public and no information has to be given.

Correction: He's logging in to a private area with more detailed info.

Corrected entry: In the end when the police are rushing to Verger's Estate to save Clarice, we see a shot of a ton of police cars along with helicopter heading toward the estate. If the police were really in a hurry, why is the helicopter following the slower police cars? The helicopter could have gone ahead and landed at the estate a hell of a lot faster (probably in time to catch Lecter).

Correction: Police helicopters do not land when they are dispatched on a pursuit assignment. They are only meant to survey/gather intelligence for ground units. There would have been no point in flying ahead of the police cars at the end other than to give early warning to the fugitive that the police were coming; ultimately allowing him to escape faster.

Corrected entry: The FBI agent recieves a message from Dr. Hannibal Lecter, which has 2 folds in it. While the agent is reading the letter, it shows Lecter in Paris, when he was writing the letter. Before he puts the letter into the envelope, it shows him fold the letter only once, but when the FBI agent opens the seal and takes it out, the letter has 2 folds in it.

Correction: When we see Hannibal fold the letter, there's already one fold in it, making it look like he's folding it in half, when in fact he's just finishing the tri-fold.

Corrected entry: When Clarice is first in Barney's apartment, the fan in his window is spinning. But later during their conversation, Barney gets up and walks to the window to turn on the fan.

Correction: It's only turning slowly because it's being blown by the wind.

Corrected entry: At the end of the film, Hannibal says "This is gonna hurt" and proceeds to cut off his hand. He cuts it off because he and Clarice are handcuffed together. He then makes his escape. In the immediate scene following, with Clarice by the water, she should still have the handcuffs on but does not.

Correction: Clarice knows exactly where the key for the cuffs is - she just doesn't tell Hannibal. Therefore when he escapes, all she has to do is retrieve the key from wherever she hid it and unlock herself - it would take seconds.

Corrected entry: In the climax scene Hannibal puts Clarice's hair in the fridge and rips the handle off so she can't escape, but the scene right after when the police come we see her outside, with her hair fully intact. How did she get out of the fridge?

Correction: It would be perfectly possible, by pulling very slowly

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