Manhunter (1986)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 30

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AKA: Red Dragon: The Curse of Hannibal Lecter
Year: 1986
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)
Runtime: 02:00:04
Genres: Detective-Mystery, Psychological Thrillers,
Serial Killers

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.

1. Hannibal Rising
2.1 Manhunter (1986 Red Dragon version)
2.2 Red Dragon (2002)
3. The Silence of the Lambs
4. Hannibal

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Abel Tasman
Abel Tasman
September 19, 2023 9:15 am

I was actually scared of the dark for a week after watching this movie sometime back in the early nineties. Graham’s realisation that Dollarhyde knew of the families by having seen the home movies made the hair stand up on the back of my neck

fred fat
fred fat
April 12, 2021 10:29 pm

this pisses all over red dragon – and has the definitive lecter

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August 24, 2021 9:10 am


Paul Blake
Paul Blake
August 17, 2020 8:24 pm

Not up to the other films in this series; but an excellent movie all the same! Once it gets rolling it moves well, and you get drawn into the investigation real smoothly! I like the ending where Will Graham goes through the window! It is the rush of, you are needed and your duty is before you; and you throw yourself into the fight!… Thanks Effedup!… Doc Blake

Reply to  Paul Blake
September 8, 2020 7:41 pm

this movie is great saw it as a kid and way before the red dragon movie came out. This and the silence of the lambs are the best ones. Manhunter is probly the best in the series. I enjoy grahams character better in this film. More in depth rather than filling in for the silence of the lambs. Enough is said and shown to give you that wtf feeling. Anyone notice the security guard running toward the all and not around the corner. Lol. Worst sceen in the movie

Reply to  Javier
August 24, 2021 9:08 am

…”running toward the ‘all’? what is an ‘all’?

David E.
David E.
April 16, 2020 7:42 am

Thanks for sharing, I wanted to watch this movie and I found it. Thanks again!

March 30, 2020 2:07 am

but thanks for sharing anyway , pretty good stuff. Don´t get me wrong was expecting the uncut version, cant find it any where but in horrible VHS

david jones
david jones
March 30, 2020 2:04 am

There is no way this is NOT the uncut version , its not even close to be it.

September 7, 2019 7:38 pm

This movie is EFFED UP because it didn’t include Graham’s visit to the family who were next on the murder list.

This scene was crucial.

Reply to  dave
October 16, 2019 12:21 pm

i don’t know why you think this scene was crucial.
i watched it and think its unnecessary, wihtout further explaination
like finding photos or vids from them at dollarhydes workplace,