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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.

Director:

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

After escaping death by the skin of his teeth while on the hunt for the elusive madman, Dr Hannibal Lecter, the now-retired and emotionally scarred FBI agent, Will Graham, finds himself back in action. Reluctantly, as yet another monstrous serial killer known as "The Tooth Fairy" terrorises Baltimore, Graham turns to Lecter, the evil mastermind who's been under lock and key for three long years, to lend a hand in this challenging and time-sensitive case. But, to delve deep into the demented mind of a killer, one must first face his inner demons, and Will already knows that his insane imprisoned assistant is a gifted manipulator. Can Graham find the horrifying Red Dragon in time before another family suffers? Written by Nick Riganas

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Before the Silence, there was the Dragon 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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Trivia

The Smith & Wesson 459 is the sidearm of FBI Special Agent Will Graham. The FBI purchased 803 S&W 459's and issued it to agents in the early eighties. The second generation 459 was manufactured from 1979-1987. Since the film begins in 1980, Graham's 459 would be consistent. He is seen carrying the S&W in his holster for the rest of the film. He also carries a Smith & Wesson Model 49 as his backup gun in an ankle holster. The Model 49 Bodyguard was authorized by the FBI for carry in 1972. (See American Rifleman September 2011; Draw & Fire: A History of FBI Handguns by Bill Vanderpool.) See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 35 mins) When Dolarhyde is at The Brooklyn Museum, the woman who shows him the painting has eyeglasses hanging on a chain around her neck. After she says, "It's remarkable, isn't it? Two hundred years old... looks so fresh... so vivid", as Dolarhyde leans in for a closer look, she is now wearing the eyeglasses on her face. 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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Thanks to the village of Islamorada, Florada See more »

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Version of Manhunter (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Scherzo
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn
Conducted by Lalo Schifrin
Concert music played during the opening scenes
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Much better!
6 November 2002 | by redkiwiSee all my reviews

Having seen the disappointing Hannibal, I was a bit reticent about seeing this. The original Manhunter film was simply on the edge and excellent, and another prequel could have gone either way.

Prequels are the fashion of the moment aren't they?

This was actually very good, and most enjoyable. Fiennes and Norton added much to the story, and were both absolutely excellent.

Hopkins gave the performance you'd have expected from him in his role, and this was also notable for a fine performance as Fiennes' blind girlfriend of the bird that appeared in the ever-so-nauseating and vomit enducing Angela's Ashes [which gave a whole new meaning to stereotypical grim films].

Don't be put off by Hannibal, definitely see this one.


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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

4 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,540,945, 6 October 2002

Gross USA:

$93,149,898

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$209,196,298
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2.35 : 1
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