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TMT: SAS of the Lambs

This is the next entry in a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time, a series that was begun here. As usual, sometimes it is someone else that causes one of these movie memory downloads to kick off. In this case, another blogger’s first experience with a seminal film did just that. Movienut’s review, over at Defiant Success, was the one and can be found here.

“Personally I’m grateful I saw this in the middle of the day. Lord only knows what I’d be like had I saw it at night.”


Theatres at Canal Place:



February 19, 1991: a couple of decades back, I did business analytics as part of my job. I used data processing and statistical software written by the folks who at one time were based out of North Carolina State, known as SAS. I won’t bore you with their history, or that long ago the acronym once (and no more) stood for Statistical Analysis System. During this period, two things happened. I got to semi-regularly travel and attend the associated SAS Users Group International (SUGI) conventions as part of my continuing education, and I got married. Naturally, given the places the conventions were staged, my wife would from time-to-time accompanied moi while I did.

For SUGI 16, I experienced my first ever visit to the wonderful and unique city of New Orléans. What I really enjoyed even more was having my wife, whose family is from Louisiana, along with me. We arrived days after Mardi Gras finished its run and joined up, briefly since we were lodged riverside near the historic French Quarter, with some of her relatives in town for that annual and certifiably wild carnival. And the stories they told were almost worth the trip itself.

“They don’t have a name for what he is.”

Coincidentally, right before we left L.A. for NOLA was when Jonathan Demme’s film adaptation of Thomas Harris’ sequel novel (in the footsteps of his Red Dragon book) arrived at movie theaters nationwide. Serial murderers of women was (and remains) not a favorite subject for my bride, and I can’t necessarily blame her for that. Yet, she came with me on this Tuesday afternoon when I was in-between sessions at the convention to see it. Not knowing the city, I somehow managed to pick one of the better establishments, the Theatres at Canal Place, purely by it location (on the third-floor of the mall) near enough to our hotel and the Vieux Carré. The rest, as they say, is history.

To this day, when I remind my bride of this trip (and movie screening), she simply gives me “the look”, and I move on.

“All good things to those who wait.”

The entire TMT series can be found here. If you’re interested how it’s put together, click here.

10 Responses to “TMT: SAS of the Lambs”

  1. fogsmoviereviews

    I can see how that would be memorable, Le0p! Obviously the movie itself is a CLASSIC! But being on the road in New Oreleans would create quite a memory too. Love this series.


  2. ruth

    Sorry I’ve been MIA a bit, I was out of town over the weekend. Another great TMT, Michael. I actually did see this on the big screen, not sure HOW I could handle all the bloody violence. I think I went with my brother when I was still in Jakarta. Now that I’ve seen Manhunter though, I kind of like Brian Cox’s portrayal of Hannibal a bit more.


    • le0pard13

      Always great to see you back online, Ruth. Wonderful memory on your part, too. I remain a fan of Brian Cox’s Hannibal Lecter, as well. Many thanks for the kind words.


  3. MovieGeek

    Hahaha… I’ve just remembered that the first time I saw “Silence of the Lambs” was actually in Italy (the film over there is called “The silence of the Innocents”). Believe it or not Anthony Hopkins managed to be terrifying even when dubbed in Italian… “tik tak tik tak”… hahaha.
    The more I watch this film the more I recognise its power and influence over so much stuff today.
    I can’t believe it’s been more than 20 years since its release… It seems yesterday… (I know it sounds like a cliché… but it really does).
    Here’s my anniversary review of the film


    • le0pard13

      Ooh, Italy. Great movie memory, MG. Re-reading the book or re-screennig this film never gets old. Thanks for the comment and the link, my friend. I’ll head over.



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