An FBI specialist tracks a serial killer who appears to select his victims at random.
Release Year: 1986
Rating: 7.2/10 (26,731 voted)
Critic's Score: 78/100
Stars: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen
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…
Writers: Thomas Harris, Michael Mann
Dr. Hannibal Lecktor
Dr. Frederick Chilton
(as Dan E. Butler)
Dr. Sidney Bloom
(reissue) Hannibal Lecter's legacy of evil begins here.
Release Date: 15 August 1986
Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $2,204,400
(17 August 1986)
Did You Know?
The film was originally going to be entitled "Red Dragon", the same name as the novel. However, when
Year of the Dragon became a box office failure, Dino De Laurentiis decided to avoid a "dragon" title.
Crew or equipment visible:
As Graham walks through the woods toward the house in the final scene, the dolly tracks for the camera are visible on the ground.
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.
I have a problem with a lot of people's review of "Manhunter". Every
bad review that criticizes Cox or Noonan invariably mentions the movie
Dragon" in the same breath. How about being a little objective?
On its own as the original Hannibal Lecter movie, Manhunter is a good
Cox plays Lecter convincingly, and you can read from other reviewers who
praised his work shows that with a little objectivity we can see an
alternative representation of Lecter. It is true, as one other reviewer
says, Hopkins acts Lecter, Cox *IS* Lecter. Cox never seems to be
he really plays the part with mystery and ambiguity not like the
maniacal Lecter that Hopkins portrays.
Cox plays a true psychopath – one devoid of feelings, and yet a
actor. Some of the world's best actors are in fact psychopaths. A
psychopath is not necessarily a killer – a psychopath is simply someone
does not feel for other human beings, which is often why the psychopath
killers of this world were in fact convincing actors – for example
Dahmer and Charles Manson.
So when we analyze the profiles of true psychopathic serial killers, we
quite clearly see that Cox plays the better Lecter than Hopkins. We can
Cox is devoid of compassion, and yet acts like a normal person. Hopkins
the other hand, never passes the creepy stage – he is too creepy and
have the "acting" ability of a true psychopath to mask that image from
public eye. Cox shows that he could blend into normality without being
And therein lies the problem with the negative reviews. We read
negative reviews of this movie bemoaning the fact that Cox is not as
as Hopkins – but my dears, that is exactly why Cox plays the better