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Red Dragon (2002)

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Meet Hannibal Lecter For The First Time See more »


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, grisly images, language, some nudity and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dragón rojo  »

Box Office


$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$6,317,081 (Japan) (14 March 2003)

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Did You Know?


Harvey Keitel's role was previously played by Scott Glenn in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Keitel and Glenn appeared together in Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (2004). They are also both former U.S. Marines. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
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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Thanks to the village of Islamorada, Florada See more »


References Jaws (1975) See more »


Lament for Javanette
Written by Barney Bigard and Billy Strayhorn
Performed by Barney Bigard and His Orchestra
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Good Re-Make Of 'Lecter Film'
1 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very good "remake" of Manhunter" which was the first Hannibal Lecter movie but didn't get the press the others did because it didn't have Anthony Hopkins as the famous criminal. After "Silence of the Lambs" became so popular, and the sequel, "Hannibal," it was decided to re-do that first film and this time obtain Hopkins' services.

It worked because not only do you have the incomparable Hopkins at Dr. Lecter but you have one this generations best actors, Edward Norton, as the leading character "Will Graham." Norton, as always, gives a solid performance. And - look at the backup cast: Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, Harvey Keitel, Mary Louise Parker and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Not bad.

This is one of those movies that gets better and better with each viewing. On my first look, I was disappointed Hopkins didn't have a bigger role but, after I knew what to expect, subsequent viewings made me appreciate the film's effort as a whole, and it's an underrated flick and a fine addition to the "Lecter" series.

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