A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.
Will Graham (William Petersen) is a former F.B.I. Agent who recently retired to Florida with his wife Molly (Kim Greist) and their young son, Kevin (David Seaman). Graham was a "profiler", one who profiles criminal's behavior and tries to put his mind into the minds of criminals to examine their thoughts while visiting crime scenes. Will is called out of his self-imposed retirement at the request of his former boss Jack Crawford (Dennis Farina) to help the F.B.I. catch an elusive serial killer, known to the press as the "Tooth Fairy" (Tom Noonan), who randomly kills whole families in their houses during nights of the full moon and leaves bite marks on his victims. To try to search for clues to get into the mind of the killer, Will has occasional meetings with Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox), a charismatic, but very dangerous imprisoned serial killer that Will captured years earlier which nearly drove him insane from the horrific encounter that nearly cost Will's life. With some help ...Written by
Southwest Pistol League Champion Jim Zubiena plays the FBI SWAT team member who walks the abduction route with Graham. He also had a legendary appearance on an early episode of Miami Vice ( named "Cool Runnings") as an Argentinian hitman, showing off tremendous skills with a handgun. Many years later, Mann would hire former SAS member Mick Gould to train Tom Cruise for his role as an assassin in the highly acclaimed "Collateral", demonstrating his excellent weapon skills as well. See more »
A large pool of blood disappears from around killer's body. See more »
We should have talked at the boatyard. You don't wanna talk about it here.
I'm not fallin' all over myself to talk about much anywhere, Jack.
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As well as the line about Lecktor being called a psychopath missing from the conversation between Graham and the Police Chief, also missing is an important bit of info regarding Lecktor's history. When the Police Chief says 'He killed nine people didn't he', Graham answers with 'nine that we know of, two didn't die' and the Chief asks, 'What happened to them', then immediately says 'I heard he cut you pretty bad'. However, in the original theatrical version, Graham answers the question, explaining that one is an alcoholic, the other is on a respirator in Baltimore. See more »
Performed by Iron Butterfly
Courtesy of ATLANTIC RECORDING CORP.
by Arrangement with WARNER SPECIAL PRODUCTS
Written by Doug Ingle
Published by COTILLION MUSIC, INC., TEN EAST MUSIC AND IRON BUTTERFLY, INC. See more »
Suspenseful and fun
As I watched Manhunter the first time I kept thinking something about it seemed familiar. From the credits I discovered it was from Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, a book I had read.
William Peterson plays the enigmatic FBI agent Will Graham, who has left the job after almost being killed by Hannibal Lechter, but who is now coaxed back to help catch a killer who is murdering whole families in different locations in the United States.
I enjoyed Brian Cox as Lechter. He displays the "normal" quality of Lechter which allowed him to go undetected for so long before being arrested and receiving the moniker, "Hannibal the Cannibal". Perhaps because I saw Manhunter before Silence of the Lambs, I prefer Cox to Anthony Hopkins in the role.
The Freddy Lounds character is the stereotypical reporter you love to hate. He's in Graham's face and as obnoxious as they come. You almost root for something bad to happen to him.
Tom Noonan is delightful as the quiet Francis Dolarhyde. He's the loner that no one notices. I pitied him, then I feared him.
I recommend this film for those who enjoy suspense with a bit of a horror twist. It's not a horror film, but some of the elements are there. There is also a good soundtrack.
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