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(1986)

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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.
This is the only Hannibal movie where his last name is spelled Lecktor, for some reason. In all other adaptations of the novels, it's spelled Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
The film was originally going to be entitled "Red Dragon", the same name as the novel. However, when Year of the Dragon (1985) became a box office failure, Dino De Laurentiis decided to avoid a "dragon" title.
Frankie Faison (Lt. Fisk) is the only actor to appear in all four Thomas Harris "Hannibal" adaptations (he appears as Barney in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002)).
In a featurette included with the DVD version of the film, Tom Noonan (Dollarhyde) said that he avoided all contact with cast members in order to heighten the isolation and tension between himself and other people, particularly William Petersen (Graham).
When the production could not get permission to film on board a commercial airplane, Mann booked his actors and crew onto a twilight flight from Chicago to Florida where the production was relocating anyway. A stripped-down camera, lighting and sound equipment were taken on board as carry-on luggage. Pilots and flight attendants were appeased with gifts of film crew jackets.
The scene where Reba touches a sedated tiger features a real sedated tiger. The veterinarian is played by a real veterinarian.
The prison where Hannibal Lecktor is being incarcerated is the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
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.
Brian Cox said in the DVD interview that he based his portrayal of Hannibal Lecktor on Scottish serial killer Peter Manuel.
Tom Noonan (Dollarhyde) spent many hours in make-up so that artists could paint fake tattoos on his back and torso modeled after William Blake's "Great Red Dragon" paintings. Though Noonan appeared with the tattoos in publicity photographs (available in a Special Edition DVD), director Michael Mann concluded that the tattoos were too "over the top," and discarded the idea.
According to an interview with Brian Cox, the following actors were considered for the role of Hannibal Lektor: Brian Dennehy, Bruce Dern, John Lithgow and Mandy Patinkin.
Curiously enough, Michael Mann had initially considered fellow filmmaker William Friedkin for the part of Hannibal Lecktor, but when Brian Dennehy - also a prospective Hannibal - insisted that Mann see Scotsman Brian Cox in the acclaimed 1984 off-Broadway production of "Rat in the Skull," Mann was instantly won over by Cox's award-winning performance. Cox's scenes as Lecktor were shot over a three-day period.
Dan Butler, who plays Jimmy Price in this film, played a different role, Roden, in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
David Lynch, who was considered to direct, ended up having a major effect on the future interpretation of the Lecktor 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).
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.
The translation of the film's French title is "The Sixth Sense".
When Tom Noonan brings blind Reba 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).
Michael Mann's direction to Brian Cox about playing Hannibal Lecktor was to play him like a British public schoolboy. Cox based his performance on his then 15-year-old son who was attending public school at the time.
This is the only known adaption of Thomas Harris's "Hannibal" - books, where Hannibal Lecktor is never seen out of his prison cell.
David Lynch was the first director attached to the movie, but he eventually left the project. During this time, screenwriter Walon Green wrote a draft of the script and it is unknown how much of his ideas were used in the final script.
Richard Gere, Mel Gibson and Paul Newman were considered for the role of Will Graham.
During an interview with Terry Wogan in 2006, Brian Cox said he was asked to play Hannibal Lecktor, when the casting director Bonnie Timmermann saw his performance on the Broadway show Rat in the Skull. According to Cox, Timmermann asked him to the audition but asked if he could turn his back to the camera, to allow the director to hear his voice, before seeing him in person. In fact the first scene involving Lecktor in the film showed his back turned to the camera.
Second cop movie with William Petersen that he did with a director from Chicago. The first was To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) from director William Friedkin. The second is this film directed by Michael Mann. Both directors are from Chicago and good friends with each other for a long time and both know Petersen.
Brian Cox later appeared in X2 (2003), in which Magneto's escape from prison is modeled after Hannibal Lecktor's escape in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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A native of Evanston, Illinois, a city just north of Chicago, William Petersen is so devoted to his hometown sports teams that he left the set in Georgia one day and flew to Washington, D.C. for a few hours to watch a Chicago Bears game on television.
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Based on Dennis Rader, the infamous "BTK" (Blind, Torture, Kill) killer, who also inspired the later film A Good Marriage (2014). That film also featured Joan Allen and Stephen Lang.
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Joan Allen later appeared in Nixon (1995) as the wife of Anthony Hopkins - who came to fame by playing Lecktor in the subsequent films. She and Brian Cox also both appeared in the Jason Bourne series, as did Edward Norton (Will Graham in Red Dragon (2002)), Scott Glenn (Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)). She also appeared in Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)) with Anthony Heald (Dr. Chilton) and Laurence Fishburne (Crawford in Hannibal (2013)).
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The last film of actress Kristin Holby, who retired from acting and modeling after this film.
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Brian Cox later appeared in 25th Hour (2002), alongside Edward Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman, who appeared together in the remake, Red Dragon (2002).
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Film debut of Garcelle Beauvais. Ironically, she would go on to star in another serial killer film as the detective in I Know Who Killed Me (2007).
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In a fit of pique after David Lynch walked from the project, Dino De Laurentiis initially offered Michael Mann the opportunity to direct based on the similarity of his surname to the revised title.
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Feature film debut of Kin Shriner.
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Director Trademark 

Michael Mann: [repeated phrase] The phrase "Time is Luck" used by Molly when talking to Will Graham. This phrase also appears in the movie Heat (1995), where it is used by McCauley when talking to Eady about their relationship and having time for them. It is also used in Miami Vice (2006), when Isabella is talking to Sonny about their relationship.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In shooting the final confrontation between Dollarhyde and Graham, actor Tom Noonan had to lie in a pool of stage blood for several hours as the crew worked on other shots. After all this time, the stage blood dried into a thick, cement-like adhesive that all but fused Noonan to the carpet.

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