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Thomas Harris (novel)
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15 August 1986 (USA) See more »
(reissue) Hannibal Lecter's legacy of evil begins here. See more »
An F.B.I. specialist tracks a serial killer who appears to select his victims at random. 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

Lisa Winters II ... Secretary #2
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)

Annie McEnroe ... Stewardess (uncredited)
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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)
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
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Did You Know?

David Lynch, who was considered to direct, ended up having a major effect on the future interpretation of the Lecter character: Anthony Hopkins has said that Jonathan Demme was inspired to cast him after seeing his performance as Dr. Treves in Lynch's film The Elephant Man (1980).See more »
Continuity: Obvious editing shows where Will Graham jumps through Dollarhyde's window in the climactic sequence: the pose that William Petersen is holding when he jumps at the window in slow motion is clearly not the same as that of his stunt double who actually falls through the window (following the cut between shots).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 Last Action Hero (1993)See more »


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50 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
One of my top 5 best movies, 7 February 2001
Author: Michael Barksdale ( from Danville, VA

Michael Mann's 1986 adaption of the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon now titled Manhunter is without a doubt one of the best thrillers (or can I say horror movies) ever made (I say horror because what else do you call movies about serial killers). Manhunter is a winner on every level, from directing (but what did you expect from Michael Mann), acting, and all the other major technical jobs. I actually think it's better than Silence of the Lambs because it involves you more with the characters and what goes into catching a killer thus making it that much more intense. Now don't get me wrong Silence of the Lambs is really good and Jonathan Demme did a great job but the only reason some think it is the superior Lecter movie is because it is the mainstream Lecter movie, but for that I applaud it (how many other movies has been loved by the public and won oscars yet has a guy sling jizz in a woman's face). Manhunter is, like all of Mann's movies, kinda artsy but thats also one of the things about his movies that make them so good. And no other directer except maybe Oliver Stone or David Lynch knows how to use music to set the mood better than Michael Mann, be it the score or songs in general. The performances in Manhunter are all good except William Petersen's and Tom Noonan's which were GREAT!!! William Petersen does a great job at showing the emotional toll the search for the killer has on him mentally, and I love the fact that he's a good guy with a kind of dark side in him. There is something in Petersen's face that to me really shows his determination in catching the "tooth fairy" and he really is an underrated actor who should have bigger roles than he does. Tom Noonan has made a career out of playing villians (at least until lately), the only ones that kinda stick out are The Ripper from Last Action Hero and Cain in Robocop 2. But those were typical bad guys and his performance as Francis Dollarhyde in Manhunter is hands down the best depiction of a serial killer ever. Now I say that without knowing anything about serial killers other than whats on the news and in books but I'm sure they have some feelings (nobody's totally evil) and Tom Noonan shows this in his performance. The killer is a cold blooded killer but has a human side that is shown once he meets Joan Allen's character. There were scenes between them that really showed (through Noonan's performance) how messed up Dollarhyde is, like when she is kissing him and they have sex there is this look of unease and being totally uncomfortable on his face that really help flesh out the character. Brian Cox, who played Lecter or actually Lecktor, does great with his performance also but this movie isn't about Lecter so he's only in it for 10 minutes at the most but does great with that time, his Lecter doesn't come off as being the embodiment of evil like the Hopkins performance but his Lecter is more of a sly, manipulitive character. Not that I'm saying he's better than Anthony Hopkins because Mr. Hopkins deserved everything he got because of his performance but different movies have different interpretations. The movie does leave out some things about Dollarhyde's past but I think they were not needed because Tom Noonan did enough on his part, but the ending does change a lot but then again after creating such a compelling character as Will Graham (one of my fave characters ever...right up there with William Sommerset from Se7en) I didn't want him to get mutilated and almost killed like in the books ending. Plus if you think the killer is dead yet there is some hesitation in that AND the killer knows where you live I don't think you would go back to that house with your wife and child like in the book....oh and the kid's name is changed from Willy to Kevin but Willy would sound so corny, can u imagine the scene where Kim Griest says "stay here with and Kevin" being "stay here with and Willy" you wouldn't be thinking of the scene itself u would be thinking "who the hell would name there child Willy". And the director's cut does add some more depth to the characters and the new scene at the end where Graham visits the family that was to be Dollarhyde's next victim's is really good, it's not all dialogue like "you saved our lives" and all that s**t, it's played in the character's face....there needed to be no dialogue for it. Manhunter is one of the best movies ever in my opinion and will ALWAYS be one of the best of it's sub-genre. Hat's off to Michael Mann and Anchor Bay for releasing that limited edition DVD. One more thing this movie has my fave line of dialogue from Lecter, the whole "have you ever seen blood in the moonlight" scene was cool.

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