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 is a former FBI agent who recently retired to Florida with his wife Molly and their young son. 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 to help the FBI catch an elusive serial killer, known to the press as the 'Tooth Fairy', 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, 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 and hindrance, Will races against the clock before the next full moon when the 'Tooth Fairy' will ...Written by
Michael Mann: [repeated phrase] The phrase "Time is Luck" used by Molly when talking to Will Graham. This phrase also appears in the movie Heat (1995), where it is used by McCauley when talking to Eady about their relationship and having time for them. It is also used in Miami Vice (2006), when Isabella is talking to Sonny about their relationship. See more »
The movie implies that Will Graham uses a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 special pistol. If this were true, then Will could not shoot Francis Dollarhyde six times. A Charter Arms Bulldog only holds five rounds. Graham actually shoots the gun seven times, but two of the shots are repeated; the first and second shot that we see are actually the same one, as are the six and seventh. Thus, he only actually fires five bullets, which is the number that the gun can hold. 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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The original VHS theatrical release version from Karl Lorimar Home Video has an additional walking scene in the police station where the lead cop says they took extensive prints at the murder scene, which isn't on the Anchor Bay "theatrical" cut. It also includes the comments on Lector being a psychopath, the comment on Lector's surviving victims, and the extended scene where Will says the Tooth Fairy should be killed even though he probably was abused as a child. The Anchor Bay theatrical version has the added scene with the Realtor (played by ) and the additional hotel scene between Will & his wife. Everything else is the same. See more »
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Courtesy of EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING, LTD. and by Arrangement with WARNER SPECIAL PRODUCTS, WARNER BROS. RECORDS,
Written by David Allen, Barry Andrews and Carl Marsh
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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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