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Manhunter (1986, Brian Cox, William Petersen)

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Writer/director Michael Mann’s visceral adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novel, Red Dragon, introduced the character of fiendishly brilliant serial killer Hannibal The Cannibal’ Lecter, chillingly played here by Brian Cox, in a performance that differs from but compares favorably with Anthony Hopkins’ in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Getting inside the mind of Lecter has caused criminal profiler Will Graham (William Petersen) to suffer a breakdown, but Graham is now being called out of retirement to help catch another killer, ‘The Tooth Fairy.’ His investigation leads him back into the web of Lecter, now jailed and looking for revenge against Graham, the man who captured him. Tense, visually exciting, with superb performances throughout.’

Two actors appeared in Manhunter and The Silence of the Lambs (1991)-both based on Thomas Harris novels featuring malevolent genius Hannibal Lecter-but playing different roles in each: Frankie Faison was Lt. Fisk in Manhunter and Barney in Lambs, and Dan Butler was a fingerprint expert in the earlier film and an entomologist in the later.

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USA | 122 minutes | 1986

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Director: Michael Mann
Producer: Richard Roth
Cinematography: Dante Spinotti
Editor: Dov Hoenig
Music: The Reds
Script: Walon Green, Michael Mann
Production Design: Mel Bourne

cast
Brian Cox as Dr. Hannibal Lecktor
Joan Allen as Reba McClane
Tom Noonan as Francis Dollarhyde
Chris Elliott as Zeller
Michael Talbott as Geehan
Peter Maloney as Dr. Dominick Princi
Kin Shriner as Mr. Sherman
David Allen Brooks as Mr. Leeds
Marshall Bell as Atlanta Policeman
William Petersen as Will Graham
Kim Greist as Molly Graham
Dennis Farina as Jack Crawford
Stephen Lang as Freddy Lounds
Dan Butler as Jimmy Price
Paul Perri as Dr. Sidney Bloom
Patricia Charbonneau as Mrs. Sherman
Alexandra Neil as Eileen
Frankie Faison as Lt. Fisk
Garcelle Beauvais as Young Housebuyer
Joanne Camp as Mother on Plane
John Posey as Mr. Jacobi
Kristin Holby as Mrs. Jacobi
Bill Smitrovich as Lloyd Bowman
Michael D. Roberts as The Runner
Annie McEnroe as Stewardess
David Seaman as Kevin Graham
Benjamin Hendrickson as Dr. Frederick Chilton
Michele Shay as Beverly Katz
Robin Moseley as Sarah
Bill Cwikowski as Ralph Dandridge
Norman Snow as Springfield
Jim Zubiena as Spurgen
Elisabeth Ryall as Mrs. Leeds
Gary Chavaras as Guard
Chris Cianciolo as Attendant
Ken Colquitt as Housebuyer
Ron Fitzgerald as Storage Guard #1
Dennis Quick as Storage Guard #2
David Meeks as Dr. Warfield
Sherman Michaels as Technician
Robin Trapp as Secretary #1
LA Winters as Secretary #2
Daniel T. Snow as State Trooper
Cynthia Chvatal as Airport Waitress
King White as SWAT Man
Mickey Lloyd as Atlanta Detective
Dawn Carmen as Child on Plane
David Fitzsimmons as Bill
Robert A. Burton as Doctor
Steve Hogan as Helicopter Pilot
Mickey Pugh as Lear Jet Technician
Greg Kelly as Jacobi Child #1
Brian Kelly as Jacobi Child #2
Ryan Langhorne as Jacobi Boy #3
Hannah Caggiano as Sherman Child #1
Lindsey Fonora as Sherman Child #2
Jason Frair as Leeds Child #1
Bryant Arrants as Leeds Child #2
Christopher Arrants as Leeds Child #3
Melvin Clark as SWAT Member
Renee Ayala as SWAT Member
Dana Dewey as SWAT Member
Stephen Hawkins as SWAT Member
Leonard Johnson as SWAT Member
Keith Pyles as SWAT Member
Michael Russell as SWAT Member
Michael Vitug as SWAT Member
Pat Williams as SWAT Member
Charles Yarbaugh as SWAT Member
Gusmano Cesaretti as National Tattler Photographer
Melody Gold as Airport Passenger


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