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Though it will always be remembered as the movie featuring the "other" Hannibal Lecter, Michael Mann's 1986 thriller Manhunter is nearly as good as The Silence of the Lambs, and in some respects it's arguably even better. Based on Thomas Harris's novel Red Dragon, which introduced the world to the nefarious killer Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter, the film stars William Petersen (giving a suitably brooding performance) as ex-FBI agent Will Graham, who is coaxed out of semiretirement to track down a serial killer who has thwarted the authorities at every turn.

Graham's approach to the case is a perilous one. First he seeks counsel with Lecter (Brian Cox) in the latter's high-security prison cell--an encounter that is utterly horrifying in its psychological effect--and then he begins to mold his own psyche to that of the killer, with potentially devastating results. As directed by Mann (who was at the acme of his success with TV's Miami Vice), this sophisticated cat-and-mouse game never resorts to the compromise of cheap thrills. Predating Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of Lecter by four years, Cox plays the character closer to Harris's original, lower-key conception, and he's no less compelling in the role. Petersen is equally well cast, and as always Mann employs rock music to astonishing effect, using nearly all of Iron Butterfly's heavy-metal epic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" to accompany the film's heart-stopping climactic sequence. All of this makes Manhunter one of the finest films of its kind, as well as further proof that Harris's fiction is a blessing to any filmmaker brave enough to adapt it. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

William PetersenWill Graham
Kim GreistMolly Graham
Joan AllenReba McClane
Brian CoxDr. Hannibal Lecktor
Dennis FarinaJack Crawford
Tom NoonanFrancis Dollarhyde
Stephen LangFreddy Lounds
David SeamanKevin Graham
Benjamin HendricksonDr. Frederick Chilton
Michael TalbottGeehan
Dan ButlerJimmy Price (as Dan E. Butler)
Michele ShayBeverly Katz
Robin MoseleySarah
Paul PerriDr. Sidney Bloom
Patricia CharbonneauMrs. Sherman
Bill CwikowskiRalph Dandridge
Alex NeilEileen
Norman SnowSpringfield
Jim ZubienaSpurgen
Frankie FaisonLt. Fisk
Garcelle BeauvaisYoung Woman Housebuyer
Joanne CampMother on Plane
David Allen BrooksMr. Leeds (as David A. Brooks)
Elisabeth RyallMrs. Leeds (as Lisa Ryall)
Chris ElliottZeller
Gary ChavarasGuard
Chris CiancioloAttendant
Ken ColquittHusband Housebuyer
Ron FitzgeraldStorage Guard #1
Dennis QuickStorage Guard #2
David MeeksDr. Warfield
Sherman MichaelsTechnician
Robin TrappSecretary #1
Lisa Winters IISecretary #2
Daniel T. SnowState Trooper
Cynthia ChvatalAirport Waitress
King WhiteSwat Man
Mickey LloydAtlanta Detective
Dawn CarmenChild on Plane
David FitzsimmonsBill
Robert A. BurtonDoctor
Steve HoganHelicopter Pilot
Mickey PughLear Jet Technician
Kin ShrinerMr. Sherman
John PoseyMr. Jacobi
Kristin HolbyMrs. Jacobi
Greg KellyJacobi Boy #1
Brian KellyJacobi Boy #2
Ryan LanghorneJacobi Boy #3
Hannah CaggianoSherman Child #1
Lindsey FonoraSherman Child #2
Jason FrairLeeds Child #1
Bryant ArrantsLeeds Child #2
Christopher ArrantsLeeds Child #3
Melvin ClarkSWAT Team Member
Renee AyalaSWAT Team Member
Dana DeweySWAT Team Member
Stephen HawkinsSWAT Team Member
Leonard JohnsonSWAT Team Member
Keith PylesSWAT Team Member
Michael RussellSWAT Team Member
Michael VitugSWAT Team Member
Pat WilliamsSWAT Team Member
Charles YarbaughSWAT Team Member
Bill SmitrovichLloyd Bowman
Peter MaloneyDr. Dominick Princi
Michael D. RobertsThe Runner

  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Director: Michael Mann
  • Producer: Anchor Bay
  • Length: 119 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.20:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 15, 1986
    EuropeFeb 24, 1989
    AustraliaAug 6, 1987
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 30, 2001
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