Manhunter (1986)

35mm film, Technicolor, 2.20:1 [70mm prints]; 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Michael Mann.

Plot Summary

Former FBI investigator Will Graham has retired after a harrowing encounter with serial-killer Dr Hannibal ‘The Cannibal' Lecktor. But he is drawn out of his idyllic new life by the rampages of a new killer, The Tooth Fairy, who is slaughtering whole families at the time of the full moon. As he closes in on the killer, Graham is forced to confront his greatest fears and seek the help of Lecktor. The killer, meanwhile, has found his next victims…


Directed by: Michael Mann
© 1986 De Laurentiis Entertainment Group
De Laurentis Entertainment Group presents a Richard Roth production. A Michael Mann film
Executive Producer: Bernard Williams
Produced by: Richard Roth
Screenplay by: Michael Mann
Based on the Novel Red Dragon by: Thomas Harris
Director of Photography: Dante Spinotti
Edited by: Dov Hoenig
Original Music Composed and Performed by: The Reds & Michel Rubini
Sound Mixer: John Mitchell
Chief Make-up: Stefano Fava
Hairdresser: Kareen Boursier
Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood
Special Make-up Designs: John Caglione Jr, Doug Drexler
Special Effects Supervisor: Joseph Digaetano III
Production Designer: Mel Bourne
Locations: High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA [uncredited]; Atlanta, Georgia, USA [uncredited]; Washinton DC, USA [uncredited]; St Louis, Missouri, USA [uncredited]; Chicago, Illinois, USA [uncredited]; Florida, USA [uncredited]; Wilmington, USA [uncredited]

William Petersen (Will Graham)
Kim Greist (Molly Graham)
Dennis Farina (Agent Jack Crawford)
Joan Allen (Reba)
Brian Cox (Doctor [Hannibal] Lecktor)
Stephen Lang (Freddie Lounds)
Tom Noonan (Francis Dollarhyde)
David Seaman (Kevin Graham)
Benjamin Hendrickson (Dr Chilton)
Michael Talbott (Geehan)
Dan E. Butler (Jimmy Price)
Michele Shay (Beverly Katz)
Robin Moseley (Sarah)
Paul Perri (Dr Sidney Bloom)
Patricia Charbonneau (Mrs Sherman)
Bill Cwikowski (Ralph Dandridge)
Alex Neil (Eileen)
Norman Snow (Springfield)
Jim Zubiena (Spurgen)
Frankie Faison (Lt Fisk)

Alternative Titles

Manhunter – frammenti di un omicidio – Italian title
Red Dragon – shooting title
Red Dragon: The Pursuit of Hannibal Lecter
Red Dragon: The Return of Hannibal Lector
– US TV title
Roter Drache – West German title

Red Dragon (2002)
Hannibal (2013-2016)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hannibal (2001)

See also
Hannibal Rising (2007)
Free Enterprise (1998)


American Cinematographer vol.82 no.2 (February 2001) p.136 – illustrated article
American Cinematographer vol.82 no.5 (May 2001) pp.14,16 – DVD review
Cinefantastique vol.22 no.2 (October 1991) pp.4-5, 60 – illustrated article
City Limits no.386 (23 February 1989) p.11; 19 – illustrated interview with Michael Mann (author not credited); illustrated review (by Kim Newman)
Continuum vol.22 no.3 (June 2008) pp.341-352 – article
Empire November 1998 p.139-140 – illustrated review
Empire no.123 (September 1999) p.138 – DVD review
Empire no.168 (June 2003) p.146 – illustrated dvd review
Fangoria no.201 (April 2001) p.66 – illustrated dvd review
Fangoria no.226 (September 2003) p.60 – dvd review
Film Review no.623 (October 2002) pp.30-35 – illustrated article
Film Review Special no.42: Psycho pp.6-11; 27-57; 90 – illustrated article; illustrated article; illustrated DVD review
Films and Filming no.412 (February 1989) p.34,35 – illustrated credits, review (by Ian Johns)
The Hollywood Reporter vol.288 no.37 (17 September 1985) p.16 – credits
The Hollywood Reporter vol.293 no.12 (8 August 1986) pp.3, 35 – review (by Dennis Fischer)
Journal of Popular Film & Television vol.34 no.3 (Autumn 2006) pp.123-129 – illustrated article
Literature/Film Quarterly vol.31 no.1 (2003) pp.10-16 – illustrated article, bibliography
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.56 no.661 (February 1989) p.51-53 – credits, synopsis, review
Premiere April 1987 p 8 – review (by Stella Molitor)
Premiere vol.17 no.9 (June 2004) p.36 – illustrated interview
Radio Times vol.270 no.3528 (3 August 1991) p.26 – illustrated article, review
Radio Times 25 September-1 October 1999 p.65 – credits, synopsis
Screen International no.516 (28 September 1985) p.1 – note (De Laurentiis buys Embassy Pictures by B.J. Franklin)
Screen International no.519 (19 October 1985) p.394 – credits
Screen International no.509 (10 August 1985) p.10 – production note (MGM/UA sets $175m for production in fiscal 1986)
Screen International no.576 (29 November 1986) p.1 – note
Shivers no.68 (August 1999) pp.30-33 – illustrated article
Sight & Sound vol.11 no.11 (November 2001) p.64 – DVD review
Time Out no.912 (10 February 1988) p.34 – review (by Waldo); interview with Michael Mann
Time Out no.965 (15 February 1989) pp.20-21 – illustrated review by Geoff Andrews, illustrated interview with Michael Mann
Time Out no.966 (22 February 1989) p.33 – illustrated review (by Geoff Andrews)
Variety 13 August 1986 p.11 – credits, review (by Cort)
Variety 5 February 2001 p.40 – illustrated synopsis, review
Video Watchdog 13 pp.24-35 – illustrated article (by Tim Lucas)

Evening Standard 5 June 2000 p.53 – illustrated review (Film of the night by Nigel Pizey)

The BFI Companion to Crime by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.218 – short review