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An F.B.I. specialist tracks a serial killer who appears to select his victims at random.

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Will Graham is a former FBI agent who recently retired to Florida with his wife Molly and their young son. Graham was a 'profiler'; one who profiles criminal's behavior and tries to put his mind into the minds of criminals to examine their thoughts while visiting crime scenes. Will is called out of his self-imposed retirement at the request of his former boss Jack Crawford to help the FBI catch an elusive serial killer, known to the press as the 'Tooth Fairy', who randomly kills whole families in their houses during nights of the full moon and leaves bite marks on his victims. To try to search for clues to get into the mind of the killer, Will has occasional meetings with Dr. Hannibal Lecktor, a charismatic but very dangerous imprisoned serial killer that Will captured years earlier which nearly drove him insane from the horrific encounter that nearly cost Will's life. With some help and hindrance, Will races against the clock before the next full moon when the 'Tooth Fairy' will ... Written by matt-282

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15 August 1986 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,620,929 (USA)
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The studio wanted Michael Mann to re-team with Don Johnson, the star of Mann's show Miami Vice (1984), but Mann wanted William Petersen who he had worked with on Thief (1981). Jeff Bridges was also discussed. See more »

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FBI man Will Graham attempts (sucessfully) to play a 3/4-inch video tape in a VHS machine. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Crawford: We should have talked at the boatyard. You don't wanna talk about it here.
Will Graham: I'm not fallin' all over myself to talk about much anywhere, Jack.
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COELOCANTH
Performed by SHRIEKBACK
Courtesy of ARISTA RECORDS LIMITED and ISLAND RECORDS, INC.
Written by David Allen, BARRY ANDREWS, MARTYN BARKER and CARL MARSH
Published by POINT MUSIC, LTD.
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1 December 2002 | by (Iowa) – See all my reviews

This will no doubt elicit howls of outrage, but I have always thought that Mr. Cox's portrayal of Hannibal Lector to be far superior to that of Mr Hopkins'. Mr Cox portrays Lector as someone coldly intellectual, almost reptilian and inhuman, while Mr Hopkins gives a performance that always brings to mind that of Ernest Thesiger as Dr. Pretorius in Bride of Frankenstein". Mind you, I really enjoy Ernest Thesiger as Dr. Pretorius; I'm just saying that the charming, witty and OH! so urbane serial killer has been done to death, and had been even when "Silence Of The Lambs" came out. Rent this video if you want to see how it's supposed to be done.


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