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Manhunter -- Using his uncanny ability to get inside psychopaths' minds, former FBI agent, Will Graham, returns to action to hunt down a serial killer.


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Release Date:
15 August 1986 (USA) See more »
(reissue) Hannibal Lecter's legacy of evil begins here. See more »
Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named "the Tooth Fairy" by the media. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Petersen ... Will Graham

Kim Greist ... Molly Graham

Joan Allen ... Reba McClane

Brian Cox ... Dr. Hannibal Lecktor

Dennis Farina ... Jack Crawford

Tom Noonan ... Francis Dollarhyde

Stephen Lang ... Freddy Lounds
David Seaman ... Kevin Graham
Benjamin Hendrickson ... Dr. Frederick Chilton

Michael Talbott ... Geehan

Dan Butler ... Jimmy Price (as Dan E. Butler)
Michele Shay ... Beverly Katz
Robin Moseley ... Sarah

Paul Perri ... Dr. Sidney Bloom

Patricia Charbonneau ... Mrs. Sherman
Bill Cwikowski ... Ralph Dandridge
Alex Neil ... Eileen
Norman Snow ... Springfield
Jim Zubiena ... Spurgen

Frankie Faison ... Lt. Fisk

Garcelle Beauvais ... Young Woman Housebuyer
Joanne Camp ... Mother on Plane

David Allen Brooks ... Mr. Leeds (as David A. Brooks)
Elisabeth Ryall ... Mrs. Leeds (as Lisa Ryall)

Chris Elliott ... Zeller
Gary Chavaras ... Guard
Chris Cianciolo ... Attendant

Ken Colquitt ... Husband Housebuyer
Ron Fitzgerald ... Storage Guard #1
Dennis Quick ... Storage Guard #2
David Meeks ... Dr. Warfield
Sherman Michaels ... Technician
Robin Trapp ... Secretary #1

L.A. Winters ... Secretary #2 (as Lisa Winters II)
Daniel T. Snow ... State Trooper
Cynthia Chvatal ... Airport Waitress
King White ... Swat Man
Mickey Lloyd ... Atlanta Detective
Dawn Carmen ... Child on Plane
David Fitzsimmons ... Bill
Robert A. Burton ... Doctor
Steve Hogan ... Helicopter Pilot
Mickey Pugh ... Lear Jet Technician
Kin Shriner ... Mr. Sherman

John Posey ... Mr. Jacobi
Kristin Holby ... Mrs. Jacobi
Greg Kelly ... Jacobi Boy #1
Brian Kelly ... Jacobi Boy #2
Ryan Langhorne ... Jacobi Boy #3
Hannah Caggiano ... Sherman Child #1
Lindsey Fonora ... Sherman Child #2
Jason Frair ... Leeds Child #1
Bryant Arrants ... Leeds Child #2
Christopher Arrants ... Leeds Child #3
Melvin Clark ... SWAT Team Member
Renee Ayala ... SWAT Team Member
Dana Dewey ... SWAT Team Member
Stephen Hawkins ... SWAT Team Member
Leonard Johnson ... SWAT Team Member
Keith Pyles ... SWAT Team Member
Michael Russell ... SWAT Team Member
Michael Vitug ... SWAT Team Member
Pat Williams ... SWAT Team Member
Charles Yarbaugh ... SWAT Team Member

Bill Smitrovich ... Lloyd Bowman

Peter Maloney ... Dr. Dominick Princi

Michael D. Roberts ... The Runner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marshall Bell ... Atlanta Policeman (uncredited)
Gusmano Cesaretti ... National Tattler Photographer (uncredited)
Melody Gold ... Airport Passenger (uncredited)

Annie McEnroe ... Stewardess (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Mann 
Writing credits
Thomas Harris (novel "Red Dragon")

Michael Mann (screenplay)

Produced by
Richard Roth .... producer
Bernard Williams .... executive producer
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
The Reds 
Michel Rubini 
Cinematography by
Dante Spinotti 
Film Editing by
Dov Hoenig 
Casting by
Bonnie Timmermann 
Production Design by
Mel Bourne 
Art Direction by
Jack Blackman 
Costume Design by
Colleen Atwood 
Makeup Department
Kareen Boursier .... hair stylist
John Caglione Jr. .... special makeup designer
Doug Drexler .... special makeup designer
Stefano Fava .... chief makeup artist
Sharon Ilson .... assistant makeup artist (as Sharon Ilson Reed)
Neal Martz .... special makeup lab
Gene Witham .... makeup artist
Jeff Goodwin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Don Kurt .... post-production supervisor
Jon Landau .... unit production manager
Peter R. McIntosh .... unit production manager (as Peter McIntosh)
Bernard Williams .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gusmano Cesaretti .... second unit director
Herb Gains .... first assistant director
Adam Meams .... dga trainee
Adam Merims .... dga trainee
Nathalie Vadim .... second assistant director
Michael Waxman .... second assistant director
Art Department
Joseph Bernard .... concept artist
Tristan Paris Bourne .... set dresser (as Tristan Bourne)
David Brace .... lead man
David Brace .... set dresser
Keith Darwin .... scenic
Steve Davis .... assistant set decorator
Anthony Dunne .... construction coordinator (as Tony Dunne)
Jim Hill .... supervising carpenter
Linda Kiffe .... assistant property master
John D. Kretschmer .... set dresser (as John Kretschmer)
Todd B. Lawson .... propmaker
Alba Leone .... on-set dresser
Charles E. McCarry .... assistant art director (as Charles McCarry)
Julie Plakanis .... assistant art director
Mickey Pugh .... property master
Mickey Pugh .... stand-by
Dawn Snyder .... draftswoman
A.E. Stapleton .... shop foreman (as Jeep Stapleton)
Charles Stewart .... property master
Brian Stultz .... scenic artist (as Brian Stolz)
Dean Taucher .... assistant art director
Dean Taucher .... head scenic artist
Joan Travis .... set dresser
Mark S. Turner .... scenic
Brian Kontz .... plasterer (uncredited)
Ken Nelson .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... sound editor
David A. Arnold .... sound editor
Michael J. Benavente .... sound editor
Steve Borne .... sound editor (as Steve Born)
Ed Callahan .... sound editor
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Susan Dudeck .... sound editor (as Susan M. Dudeck)
Jim Fitzpatrick .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
Scott Hecker .... sound editor (as Scott A. Hecker)
J. Paul Huntsman .... looping editor
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
John A. Larsen .... sound editor
John W. Mitchell .... sound mixer (as John Mitchell)
Bob Newlan .... sound editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Keith Pamplin .... boom operator
Tom Passmore .... sound assistant
Robert R. Rutledge .... supervising sound editor
Frank Serafine .... sound editor
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound editor (as Charles E. Smith)
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Wayne Beauchamp .... pyrotechnician
Joe Digaetano .... special effects supervisor (as Joseph Digaetano III)
R.J. Hohman .... special effects assistant (as R. J. Hohman)
Larry Reid .... special effects assistant (as Larry Daniel Reid)
Visual Effects by
Gusmano Cesaretti .... visual consultant
Jack Carpenter .... stunts
Bud Davis .... stunt coordinator
Bud Davis .... stunts
Chuck Hart .... stunts
Michael Haynes .... stunts (as Mike Haines)
Bernard Johnson .... stunts
Larry Modlin .... stunts
Don Pulford .... stunts
Dennis Scott .... stunts
Debra Shuckman .... stunts (as Deborah Shuckman)
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlo Campana .... dolly grip
Frank Caslin .... electrician
Gusmano Cesaretti .... still photographer
Scott R. Davis .... electrician (as Scott Davis)
Mauro Diamanti .... grip
Dave Ferguson .... key grip (second unit)
John Ferguson .... gaffer (as John C. Ferguson)
Neal Mills Forney III .... assistant camera (as Neals Mills Forney III)
Claudio Frollano .... electrician
Steve Graves .... grip (as Stephen Graves)
Steve Graves .... rigger (as Stephen Graves)
Bob Hall .... assistant camera
Jim Cody Harrington .... best boy grip (as Jim Harrington)
Bobby Huber .... chief grip
Bobby Huber .... rigging coordinator
Davis James .... rigging electrician
Enrico Lucidi .... camera operator
Michael Mann .... camera operator
Maurizio Micalizzi .... key grip
Ettore Migalizzi .... grip (as Ettore Micalizzi)
Mark Moore .... best boy
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator (as Randy Nolan)
Mario Palermi .... electrician
Stephen Perry .... electrician (as Steve Perry)
Bill Pieper .... electrician
Marco Sacerdoti .... focus puller
Carlo Vinciguerra .... gaffer
Tim Woods .... rigging electrician
Jay W. Yowler .... generator operator (as Jay Yowler)
Dennis Zoppe .... grip
Dennis Zoppe .... rigger
Casting Department
Mac Bass .... extras casting
Mark Fincannon .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer L. Bryan .... wardrobe assistant (as Jennifer Bryan)
William A. Campbell .... wardrobe supervisor (as Bill Campbell)
John A. Dunn .... assistant costume designer
Tom McKinney .... wardrobe buyer
Susie Money .... wardrobe assistant
Ursula Schrader .... wardrobe supervisor (as Ursula Schraeder)
Hartsell Taylor .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Dan Engstrom .... second assistant editor
Daniel Frisch .... post-production assistant (as Daniel S. Frisch)
Richard D. Keefe .... assistant editor
Music Department
George A. Martin .... music editor
Michel Rubini .... musician
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Eric Bartsch .... driver
Ron Bledsoe .... transportation
Howard Brady Davidson .... transportation captain (as Howard Davidson)
Allan Hamilton .... transportation captain (as Allan D. Hamilton)
Lawrence Dove .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Daniel Aguar .... production assistant
John Alarimo Jr. .... interpreter
Christine Baer .... secretary: Mr. Mann
Jane Bartelme .... production coordinator
Tristram Bishop .... production assistant
Beverly Charlap .... travel
Maria K. Chavez .... location manager: Florida (as Maria Chavez)
Theresa Curtin .... assistant: Mr. Mann
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter
Robert Giardini .... location manager: Wilmington
Cindy J. Gray .... location office secretary (as Cindy Gray)
Nikol Hegarty .... production coordinator (as Nikol Hegart)
Julie Herlocker .... production assistant
Steven Holmes .... secretary: Mr. Mann
Patrick A. Howell .... auditor
Shiho Ito .... location manager: Wilmington
Randee Lynne Jensen .... secretary: Mr. Mann
Kay Joyner .... assistant production coordinator
David Katzner .... executive assistant to michael mann
Ron Lynch .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Michael J. Malone .... location manager: Chicago (as Mike Malone)
Andy Marx .... publicist
David Meeks .... animal trainer
Stuart Neumann .... location manager: Washington (as Stuart A. Neumann)
Valerie E. Norman .... script supervisor
Julie Oberdorfer .... production coordinator
June Randall .... script supervisor
Jane Rayleigh .... assistant auditor
Steve Roberts .... location manager: St. Louis
Marianne Scanlon .... post-production auditor
Elaine Smith .... location manager: Atlanta
Michael C. Smith .... security coordinator
Judith M. Worth .... assistant: Mr. Mann
Jim Zubiena .... weapons expert
Larry Gilbert .... police security (uncredited)
David Katzner .... executive assistant: Mr. Mann (uncredited)
Gudmund Vigtel .... special acknowledgment of thanks (as Director of High Museum of Art Gudmund Vigtel)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Red Dragon: The Curse of Hannibal Lecter" - USA (TV title)
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119 min | USA:124 min (director's cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (re-rating) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

When Tom Noonan (Dollarhyde) brings blind Reba (Joan Allen) to "see" (feel with her hands) the sedated tiger, that is also reference to William Blake, i.e. to his poem "The Tyger" (Tiger, tiger, burning bright; In the forests of the night).See more »
Continuity: When the St. Louis police officer is throw into the windshield of his car, the glass is already damaged before his head hits it.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Flesh for Fantasies (1987) (V)See more »
SEIUNSee more »


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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Recover the mindset., 17 June 2012
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Retired FBI specialist Will Graham is lured back into action to track a serial killer who is killing families, seemingly linked into the lunar cycle. In the process it opens up some old mental wounds that were born out during his last action out in the field...

Before the gargantuan success of Silence of the Lambs, where the name Hannibal the Cannibal moved into pop culture, and before director Michael Mann became a name auteur, often referenced with relish by hungry film students; there was Manhunter, Michael Mann's brilliant adaptation of Thomas Harris' equally brilliant psychological thriller, Red Dragon. It feels a bit redundant now, years later, writing about Mann's use of styles to bear out mood and psychological states, his framing devices, his commitment to his craft, but after revisiting the film on Blu-ray, I find myself once again simultaneously invigorated and unnerved by the magnificence of Manhunter. Visually, thematically and narratively it remains a clinical piece of cinema, a probing study of madness that dares to put a serial killer and the man hunting him in the same psychological body, asking us, as well as William Petersen's FBI agent Will Graham, to empathise with Tom Noonan's troubled Tooth Fairy killer. Here's a thing, too, Francis Dolarhyde (The Tooth Fairy) is a functioning member of society, he is quite frankly a man who could be working in a shop near you! This is no reclusive psychopath such as, well, Buffalo Bill, Dolarhyde is presented to us in such a way as we are given insight into this damaged mind, he is fleshed out as a person, we get to know him and his motivational problems.

Dream much, Will?

Mann and his team are not about over the top or camp performances, gore is kept to a premium, the real horror is shown in aftermath sequences, conversations and harmless photographs, but still it's a nightmarish world. Suspense is wrung out slowly by way of the characterisations. Will has to become the killer, and it's dangerous, he knows so because he has done it before, when capturing Dr. Hannibal Lecktor. Needing to pick up the scent again, to recover the mindset, Will has to go see the good doctor who has a penchant for fine wines and human offal. These scenes showcase Mann at his deadliest, a bright white cell filmed off kilter, each frame switch showing either Lecktor or Graham behind bars, they are one. When Lecktor taunts Will about them being alike, Mann understands this and visually brings it out. Dolarhyde's living abode is murky in colour tones and furnished garishly, and with mirrors, paintings and a lunar landscape, yet when Dolarhyde is accompanied by Joan Allen's blind Reba, where he feels he is finally finding acceptance, this house is seen at ease because of the characterisations. Switch to the finale and it's a walled monstrosity matching that of a killer tipped back over the edge. Brilliant stuff.

If one does what God does enough times, one will become as God is.

Lecktor, soon to be back as the source material Lecter in the film versions that follow, is actually not in the film that much. Brian Cox (chilling, calculating, frightening and intelligent) as Lecktor gets under ten minutes of screen time, but that's enough, the character's presence is felt throughout the picture in a number of ways. The Lecktor angle is very relative to film's success, but very much it's one strand of a compelling whole, I realise now that Mann has deliberately kept us wanting more of him visually. Noonan is truly scary, he lived away from the rest of the cast during filming, with Mann's joyous encouragement, the end result is one of the best and most complex serial killer characterisations ever. Lang scores high as weasel paparazzi, Allen is heart achingly effective without patronising blind people and Farina is a huge presence as Jack Crawford, Will's friend and boss who coaxes Will back into the fray knowing full well that Will's mind might not make it back with him. But it's Petersen's movie all the way. His subsequent non film career has given ammunition to his knockers that he is no great actor. Rubbish, with this and To Live and Die in L.A. he gave two of the best crime film portrayals of the 80s. He immerses himself in Will Graham, so much so he wasn't able to shake the character off long after filming had wrapped. There's a scene in a supermarket where Will is explaining to his son about his dark place, where "the ugliest thoughts in the world" live, a stunning sequence of acting and a showcase for Petersen's undoubted talents.

Newcomers to the film and Mann's work in general, could do no worse than spend the ten minutes it takes to watch the Dante Spinotti feature on the disc. Apart from saving me the time to write about Mann's visual flourishes, it gives one an idea of just how key a director and cinematographer partnership is in a film such as this. The audio is crisp, which keeps alive the perfect in tone soundtrack and eerie scoring strains of Rubini and The Reds. Some say that the music of Manhunter is dated? I say that if it sits at one with the tonal shifts and thematics of a story then that surely can never be viewed as dated. And that's the case here in Manhunter. The director's cut is included as part of the package but the transfer is appalling, and for the sake of one cut scene that happens post the Dolarhyde/Graham face off, there's really not much to the DC version anyway. The theatrical cut is perfect, brilliantly realised on Blu-ray to birth a true visual neo-noir masterpiece. 10/10

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