AKA: Red Dragon: The Curse of Hannibal Lecter
Directed by: Michael Mann
Starring: William Petersen (Will Graham), Tom Noonan (Francis Dollarhyde), Brian Cox (Hannibal Lecter), Joan Allen (Reba McClane), Dennis Farina (Jack Crawford)
Country: United States
Language: English (English Subtitles)
Genres: Detective-Mystery, Psychological Thrillers,
Plot – Spoilers:
Manhunter, the first adaptation of Red Dragon, was panned at the time of its release in 1986 but has since found a certain appreciation, mostly for Michael Mann’s style. Personally, prefer the 2002 version for its performances by Edward Norton and Anthony Hopkins. Having said that, those two would tower over pretty much anybody and so Manhunter needs to be given its due for its era and superior style.
Based on the Thomas Harris book, ‘Red Dragon’, the first in his Hannibal Lecter series, Manhunter follows Will Graham, an ex-FBI dude who is renowned for nailing Dr Hannibal Lecter, a cannibalistic serial killer. The capture wasn’t straightforward and Will was attacked by Lecter, leading to his early retirement and relocation to an undisclosed beach house.
Will settles into his mundane existence with wife and kid but is approached by the FBI to help with a series of killings that appear related to lunar cycles. Will who’s been idling away, jumps at the opportunity to discard his family guy garb and plunges into the investigation, only to get drawn deeper than he ever signed up for.