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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

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)

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
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

In the scenes where Will Graham is interviewing Lecktor in his cell, the director Michael Mann took care to set up the shots so that the position of the bars of the cell do not move when the point of view switches between Graham and Lecktor.See more »
Factual errors: There is a discussion of Graham's Charter Arms Bulldog .44 being loaded with Glaser Safety Slugs for added lethality. Glaser Safety Slugs are designed to fragment on impact and release their loads of tiny shot pellets into the wound cavity, creating massive bleeding and near-certain death. When Graham shoots Dolarhyde, each round is shown to penetrate Dolarhyde's body, spattering blood on the wall behind him. Glaser Safety Slugs would not penetrate a body this way. An exit wound would be very unlikely.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:
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192 out of 254 people found the following review useful.
Pretty Good!, 21 April 2003
Author: tony-clifton from Edmonton, Canada

I have a problem with a lot of people's review of "Manhunter". Every single bad review that criticizes Cox or Noonan invariably mentions the movie "Red Dragon" in the same breath. How about being a little objective?

On its own as the original Hannibal Lecter movie, Manhunter is a good movie. Cox plays Lecter convincingly, and you can read from other reviewers who praised his work shows that with a little objectivity we can see an alternative representation of Lecter. It is true, as one other reviewer says, Hopkins acts Lecter, Cox *IS* Lecter. Cox never seems to be acting, he really plays the part with mystery and ambiguity not like the distinctly maniacal Lecter that Hopkins portrays.

Cox plays a true psychopath - one devoid of feelings, and yet a consummate actor. Some of the world's best actors are in fact psychopaths. A psychopath is not necessarily a killer - a psychopath is simply someone who does not feel for other human beings, which is often why the psychopath killers of this world were in fact convincing actors - for example Geoffrey Dahmer and Charles Manson.

So when we analyze the profiles of true psychopathic serial killers, we can quite clearly see that Cox plays the better Lecter than Hopkins. We can see Cox is devoid of compassion, and yet acts like a normal person. Hopkins on the other hand, never passes the creepy stage - he is too creepy and doesn't have the "acting" ability of a true psychopath to mask that image from the public eye. Cox shows that he could blend into normality without being caught.

And therein lies the problem with the negative reviews. We read countless negative reviews of this movie bemoaning the fact that Cox is not as creepy as Hopkins - but my dears, that is exactly why Cox plays the better Lecter!

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