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Manhunter (1986)

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Former F.B.I. profiler Will Graham (William Petersen) returns to service to pursue a deranged serial killer named "the Tooth Fairy" (Tom Noonan) by the media.

Director:

Michael Mann

Writers:

Thomas Harris (based on the book "Red Dragon" by), Michael Mann (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Petersen ... Will Graham
Kim Greist ... Molly Graham
Joan Allen ... Reba McClane
Brian Cox ... Dr. Hannibal Lecktor
Dennis Farina ... Jack Crawford
Tom Noonan ... Francis Dollarhyde
Stephen Lang ... Freddy Lounds
David Seaman David Seaman ... Kevin Graham
Benjamin Hendrickson ... Dr. Frederick Chilton
Michael Talbott ... Geehan
Dan Butler ... Jimmy Price (as Dan E. Butler)
Michele Shay Michele Shay ... Beverly Katz
Robin Moseley Robin Moseley ... Sarah
Paul Perri Paul Perri ... Dr. Sidney Bloom
Patricia Charbonneau ... Mrs. Sherman
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Storyline

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 matt-282

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Enter the mind of a serial killer... you may never come back. See more »


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A then-unknown Ted Levine came to the wrap party to visit William Petersen, an old friend of his from the Chicago theatre scene. A chance meeting with writer and director Michael Mann led to an audition and his subsequent casting in Mann's Crime Story (1986). Levine had his breakout performance as Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb in the second adaptation of the Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (Lecter) books, The Silence of the Lambs (1991). See more »

Goofs

Close to the beginning of the movie as Will & Kevin are outside and Jack & Molly are sitting at the coffee table talking; there are figures seen moving in the reflection on the coffee table one of which is holding a video camera. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Crawford: We should have talked at the boatyard. You don't wanna talk about it here.
Will Graham: I'm not fallin' all over myself to talk about much anywhere, Jack.
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Alternate Versions

The new Michael Mann approved "restored director's cut" DVD from Anchor Bay is missing the scene with Graham and Dr. Chilton before Graham goes to talk with Lecktor. In the scene Chilton explains a few rules about Lecktor, and then inquires about how Graham caught Lecktor through his thoughts. It is unknown whether or not director Mann intended for this scene to be left out, or if he couldn't find the film elements. This scene is in the original Anchor Bay director's cut on VHS tape and on the second disc of the Limited Edition set. The earlier director's cut appears to be from tape source elements which Mann put together. See more »

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Referenced in Il solitario (2008) See more »

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Hannibal unglamorized
30 November 2002 | by davidmccollumSee all my reviews

This film reminds me of a deglamorized verison of the Hannibal films. IMO it has a more realistic view to it. Instead of the likable and friendly Ed Norton, we have the moody and intense William Petersen playing Will Graham. Brian Cox's Hannibal is just as clever as Anthony Hopkins' but not as charismatic. Thus, that makes him more realistic, instead of superhuman, like the character later becomes. Instead of a spooky dark basement prison as in Slience or Hannibal, we have an austure white cell. Ralph Fiennes' Dolarhyde is quiet to the point of being a mute and almost semi retarded almost. I can't see how the girl would be attacted to him (even if she is blind). Tom Noonhan's Dolarhyde is more amible and friendly. He actually speaks in a friendly voice, at times even being a normal person. Even the ending is more realistic. Instead of having a supspense full thilling end, it ends rather anti-climaticly...but thus is life.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Dragon: The Curse of Hannibal Lecter See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,204,400, 17 August 1986

Gross USA:

$8,620,929

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,620,929
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (video)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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