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Everyone remembers Anthony Hopkins’ famous line as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs: “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” But did you know all three of those foods he mentions contain tyramine, a substance that can be deadly when taken with MAO inhibitors, the exact kind of drugs a mentally ill man like Lecter would likely have been prescribed. That’s just one of the delicious facts featured in the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!

The Silence of the Lambs swept the top five categories at the Academy Awards in 1992: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress. Only two films had previously accomplished that feat: It Happened One Night and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. As of this writing, no movie has done it since The Silence of the Lambs. Not even Hannibal Rising!

You Think You Know Movies? is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the cinematic worlds of your favorite movies and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known. We’ve already tackled Star Wars, The Avengers and Spider-Man, but these Silence of the Lambs facts go great with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. Watch more installments of ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ below and let us know in the comments what movies we should cover next!

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