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Red Dragon (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  4 October 2002 (USA)
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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ethan Hawke was the first choice to play Will Graham. See more »


Before setting him on fire Dolarhyde, "The Tooth Fairy", forces Freddy Lounds to dictate his manifesto on a tape recorder and then delivers the tape to the FBI by putting on the wheelchair that Lounds is glued to. Dolarhyde then sets Lounds and the wheelchair on fire and sends it rolling down a street, and yet the tape somehow survives and avoids being melted by the fire. 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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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the men and women of the Federal Bureau of Investigation See more »


References Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) See more »


Lament for Javanette
Written by Barney Bigard and Billy Strayhorn
Performed by Barney Bigard and His Orchestra
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Music
Under license from BMG Special Products
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Better than "Hannibal", but not up with "Silence of the Lambs"
7 September 2004 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

But it was pretty damn close. "Red Dragon" was a great movie to watch. I have to admit that I had my doubts. I heard some bad things about this movie from my friends. I had bought the movie for my mom, and she said just to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. "Red Dragon" goes back into the roots that "Silence of the Lambs" did. It had high action and drama. I was very impressed. And Anthony Hopkins does a great job as his most famous role as Hannibal Lector. I really have to say that I didn't stick to my friend's opinions. This was a great movie. I would recommend for the "Silence of the Lambs" fans.


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