My oldest son and I watched Silence of the Lambs a few nights back. The movie was released in 1991. And the lack of technology is amusing: no cell phones, no blackberries, no laptops, no CSI. How did they catch serial killers back then?
You ask to borrow the serial killer’s phone to call for backup.
Clarice Starling: Your name is?
Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb: Oh, uh Jack Gordon.
Clarice Starling: Mr. Gordon, good, uh… well Frederica used to work for Mrs. Lippman. Did you know her?
Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb: No, nuh-uh. Oh wait… was she a great big fat person?
Clarice Starling: Yeah she was a big girl, sir.
Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb: Yeah, I may’ve… no I read about her in the newspaper. Um, Mrs. Lippman had a son though, maybe he could help you. I got his card in here someplace. Do you wanna come in while I look for it?
Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb: Are you close to catching somebody you think?
Clarice Starling: Yes. We may be. Did you… take over this place after Mrs. Lippman died, is that right?
Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb: Yeah I – I bought this house… two years ago.
Clarice Starling: [looking around] Did she leave any records? Any business records, tax forms, lists of employees?
Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb: No, nothin’ like that at all. Say, does the FBI learn somethin? The police around here don’t seem to have the first clue.
[Clarice notices a moth]
Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb: … I mean have you got like a description, fingerprints, anything like that?
Clarice Starling: No. No I don’t.
[Clarice unbuttons her gun holster]
Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb: Oh, here’s that number!
Clarice Starling: Very good Mr. Gordon. May I use your phone please?
Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb: [Gumb starts laughing] Sure you can use me phone.
Clarice Starling: [draws her gun] Freeze! Put your hands over your head and turn around! Spread your legs! Spread your legs! Put your hands in the back… thumbs up – FREEZE!
[Gumb runs off]