Manhunter (1986)

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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.

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

8 thoughts on “Manhunter (1986)

  • September 7, 2019 at 7:38 pm
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    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.

    • October 16, 2019 at 12:21 pm
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      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,

  • March 30, 2020 at 2:04 am
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    There is no way this is NOT the uncut version , its not even close to be it.

    • March 30, 2020 at 2:59 am
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      Are you referring to the Director’s Cut which is 4 minutes longer?
      Some scenes are missing while lengthening the time through plot additions. AFAIK of course. Could be wrong.

  • March 30, 2020 at 2:07 am
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    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

  • April 16, 2020 at 7:42 am
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    Thanks for sharing, I wanted to watch this movie and I found it. Thanks again!

  • August 17, 2020 at 8:24 pm
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    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

    • September 8, 2020 at 7:41 pm
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      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

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