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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.

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FBI Agent Will Graham has been called out of early retirement to catch a serial killer, known by authorities as "The Tooth Fairy". He asks for the help of his arch-nemesis, Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, so that he can be able to catch "The Tooth Fairy" and bring him to justice. The only problem is that "The Tooth Fairy" is getting inside information about Graham and his family from none other than Dr. Lecter. Written by MovieWes

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$78,000,000 (estimated)

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$36,540,945 (USA) (4 October 2002)

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$6,317,081 (Japan) (14 March 2003)
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Brett Ratner originally wanted Michael Mann, the director of Manhunter (1986), to do a cameo as a taxi driver. Mann's next film, "Collateral," features Jamie Foxx playing a cab driver. See more »

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When we are first allowed to see Dolarhyde's scrapbook, various newspaper clippings are surrounded by Dolarhyde's marginalia. On one page of a printed article, the reporter sought to describe Lector's cannibalism, especially in reference to serving human remains to guests; in that article, the text reads that he cut "mussel" from the bone, a spelling error no respectable newspaper would allow.

Later, when we see the "Red Dragon" illustration within a book, the blurb on the opposite page tells what museum is archiving it, but refers to the series as illustrations of "Revelations" (the book in the Bible has a singular title), an error a prestigious museum would not let pass. See more »

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Hannibal Lecter: Think to yourself that every day is your last. The hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise. As for me, when you want a good laugh, you will find me in fine state, fat and sleek, a true hog of Epicuru's herd.
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References Flowers in the Attic (1987) See more »

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from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Conducted by Lalo Schifrin
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Great prequel.
12 July 2006 | by (London, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Red Dragon takes place just before the events of The Silence of the Lambs. In this movie, a deranged serial killer is killing entire families every month on the night of the full moon. Jack Crawford of the FBI calls in retired agent Will Graham to help catch the killer. Graham left the FBI after being critically wounded while capturing the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter. Now, Graham must interview Hannibal, to see if he can shed any knowledge on the case. Meanwhile, the killer struggles with himself when he begins to fall in love with a fellow employee. This movie is closer to Silence of the Lambs than Hannibal in quality and style, and therefore is more entertaining.

This movie is basically a reworking of the film Manhunter, except with Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal, so it connects better with the others. This movie sticks closer to the book than Manhunter did, which will please fans, except that it ads way more Hannibal Lecter interview scenes than were in the book, most likely to bank on Anthony Hopkins' name. The movie has the same suspenseful style as Silence of the Lambs, making up for the fact that Hannibal hardly had any suspense at all. The dialogue and overall fast paced style of the movie made it really worth watching, and if this movie had been released a year before Silence rather than a year after Hannibal, they would be great together. The characters are great and engaging. They seem more realistic than they were in Manhunter. I'm glad this movie managed to be far more successful than Manhunter, because I don't think I could deal with two bad Red Dragon adaptations.

The acting is superb. I was kind of annoyed with Anthony Hopkins in Hannibal, because he played the role way too differently than the way he played it in Silence. Now, in this movie, he gets back to basics. Edward Norton is great as Will Graham. The role of the Red Dragon/Francis Dolarhyde was made for Ralph Fiennes. He takes the role and makes it his own. Whenever I think Ralph Fiennes now, I think Red Dragon.

Overall, this is an awesome psychological thriller, and any fan of Silence of the Lambs should definitely see this movie.

7/10


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