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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 forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.

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Brett Ratner

Writers:

Thomas Harris (novel), Ted Tally (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Edward Norton ... Will Graham
Ralph Fiennes ... Francis Dolarhyde
Harvey Keitel ... Jack Crawford
Emily Watson ... Reba McClane
Mary-Louise Parker ... Molly Graham
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Freddy Lounds
Anthony Heald ... Dr. Frederick Chilton
Ken Leung ... Lloyd Bowman
Frankie Faison ... Barney Matthews
Tyler Patrick Jones ... Josh Graham
Lalo Schifrin ... Conductor
Tim Wheater Tim Wheater ... Flautist
John Rubinstein ... Dinner Guest
David Doty David Doty ... Dinner Guest
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Storyline

3 Years after retiring from the FBI because of a near-fatal encounter with Hannibal Lecter, who was helping him catch the "Chesapeake Ripper", only to reveal it was Hannibal himself, Will Graham is asked by his ex-partner Jack Crawford to come solve one last case - 2 slaughtered families every full moon. They have 3 weeks until the next full moon to find the madman, but an innocent blind woman has found him first... Will Graham must risk his family's security and his own safety to track down this one last murderer - the epitome of all evil - The Red Dragon. Written by Andrew Tenebrae <andrewtenebrae@ev1.net>

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Taglines:

FBI Agent Will Graham Is About to Enter the Mind of a Killer. He Must First Let Hannibal Lecter Inside His Head. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

4 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragón rojo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,540,945, 6 October 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$93,149,898

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$209,196,298
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Color (DeLuxe)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film opens with Lecter ( Anthony Hopkins ) attending an orchestral performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", specifically Mendelssohn's Scherzo (Opus 21). The Scherzo serves as transition to Act II of Shakespeare's play, in which the Puck soon warns Oberon of "night's swift dragons" who "cut the clouds full fast". This refers to Greek myth in which night is a chariot drawn by dragons whose eyes are always open and inescapable. It is worth noting that on stage (and in imagery far back as 1628) the Puck is often presented like a faun, a mythical being that usually otherwise plays a flute--as does the focus of Lecter's ire. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 Epicurus's herd.
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Crazy Credits

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

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References Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Hannibal legacy Continues
25 August 2010 | by saadgkhanSee all my reviews

RED DRAGON - CATCH IT ( A- ) Red Dragon is an intriguing prequel to the Silence of the Lambs. The story and serial killer (Red Dragon) in the movie is really intriguing and thrilling. Hannibal Lecter is such an iconic character that we always wanted to see how he got caught and who did it. There is very interesting relationship and chemistry between Anthony Hopkins and Edward Norton's characters. Though, its nothing as compare to Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster's chemistry but still much better then what was between Julianne Moore and Anthony Hopkins in Hannibal. Anthony Hopkins was Outstanding as Hannibal Lecter as always, it's astonishing to see that with how much ease and relaxation Anthony Portrays Hannibal Lecter. He is scary and captivating & when he is on screen you just can't take your eyes off him. Edward Norton did a fantastic job by standing next to him. But this movie completely belongs to Ralph Fiennes, he was incredibly creepy and brilliant. Watching him in Red Dragon is simply great; I don't think there is anyone else who could have portrayed Red Dragon. The chemistry between Ralph Fiennes and Emma Watson is captivating and one of the best parts of the movie. Emma Watson as a blind woman did a incredible job. Mary-Louise Parker & Philippe Seymour Hoffman did a respectable job. Director Brett Ratner presented the movie in very intriguing and captivating way. It's nice to see a director doing completely different from its famous genre. the only flaw in the movie I found was the Cliché and quick ending of Red Dragon's character, I think it could have been little innovative and mind boggling. Nonetheless great movie, which bind a spell while watching it!


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