MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 322 this week

Manhunter (1986)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 39,944 users   Metascore: 78/100
Reviews: 423 user | 117 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 19 May 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 29 Feb 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 15 Jun 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Manhunter (1986)

Manhunter (1986) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Manhunter.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Red Dragon (2002)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer; aiding him is imprisoned criminal genius Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.

Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes
Hannibal (2001)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Hannibal returns to America and attempts to make contact with disgraced Agent Starling and survive a vengeful victim's plan.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.

Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran
Snatch. (2000)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.

Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro
Ransom (1996)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo
Pusher (1996)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Kim Bodnia, Zlatko Buric, Laura Drasbæk
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder (1954).

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Russell M. Haeuser
Joy Ride (2001)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.

Director: John Dahl
Stars: Matthew Kimbrough, Leelee Sobieski, Steve Zahn
Run Lola Run (1998)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young woman in Germany has twenty minutes to find and bring 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend before he robs a supermarket.

Director: Tom Tykwer
Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
David Seaman ...
Benjamin Hendrickson ...
...
Geehan
...
Jimmy Price (as Dan E. Butler)
Michele Shay ...
Robin Moseley ...
Sarah
Paul Perri ...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Will Graham Has The Mind Of A Psychopath - Thank God He's On The Right Side Of The Law See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Red Dragon  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,620,929 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During the filming of this movie, Anthony Hopkins was playing King Lear at the National Theatre. During the filming of The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Brian Cox was playing King Lear at the National Theatre. See more »

Goofs

Moonlight coming from different directions (as shown by shadows) when Dollarhyde is watching Reba go into her apartment building. 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.
See more »

Connections

References Cannibal Holocaust (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

FREEZE
Performed by Klaus Schulze
Courtesy of METRONOME MUSIC GMBH, WEST GERMANY
Written by Klaus Schulze
Published by P.O.E.M. MUSIKVERLAG
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Basically the most underrated thriller of all time.
21 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Besides the fact that it was released without much hoopla in 1986, and that it was recently remade(the same exact movie except for the end) as Red Dragon, Manhunter is undoubtedly the most overlooked movie of the past 20 years. The plot is tremendous, Mann's direction is outstanding, and the acting(especially Noonan) is equally amazing. What Mann realized while making this film is that a thriller was not just meant to shock and disgust the audience but to develop the characters carefully so that there is an even greater sense of anticipation for the climax of the movie than there otherwise would be. Recent thrillers are clearly lacking in the character development that made movies like Manhunter and Silence of the Lambs so good. Its a shame that Red Dragon had to be made, since it is basically a strait ripoff of Manhunter except for a different ending which is much worse than the original and way too predictable. Anyone who thinks Red Dragon was a good movie should watch Manhunter and compare the two. If you try this you'll see that there is no comparison. Tom Noonan's performance alone is worth the watch.


42 of 48 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
'Absolutely. My heart bleeds for him as a child' the_burning89
The phone call in the first victims house RoyShacham
Is this Mann's best film? scottmc1971
Why is it spelled Lecktor? CrimsonTea
First 'great' serial killer movie CLewey44
Compare and Contrast :Manhunter vs. Red Dragon jfree672
Discuss Manhunter (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?