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Manhunter (1986) Movie Information

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Michael Mann


William Petersen
Kim Greist
Joan Allen
Brian Cox
Dennis Farina
Stephen Lang





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Using his uncanny ability to get inside psychopaths' minds, former FBI agent Will Graham returns to action to hunt down a serial killer. Graham retired after catching Hannibal Lecter and subsequently suffering a breakdown. Now, he engages in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecter to capture a new killer.

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mitchellyoung 02/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is an effective crime thriller that works well because of the talent of its cast. William Petersen is gritty and to-the-point as a criminal profiler and Tom Noonan actually makes for a creepy, yet sympathetic serial killer. The film's 80's dialogue and soundtrack sometimes dates it, but the performances bring the plot home.

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Snoogans 11/06/2011 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

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This is the first film adaptation of one of the Hannibal Lecktor novels 'Red Dragon'. It is very different, in style and tone, from the later adaptation correctly titled 'Red Dragon'. I liked the actors very much, but the stylistic choices made it feel too much like the show Miami Vice (also by the same director). Overall, a decent 80's thriller.

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SIngli6 06/04/2011 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

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An archetypal 'style-over-substance' film, 'Manhunter' festers with the foul contagion of the 1980's, Michael Mann, and spurious meta-physics. With it's terrible music, acting, and cinematography (which I could only describe as a ‘bastard love job’ between neo-noir, and German Expressionism), this ghastly neon, synthesizer-invested freak show almost achieves the Herculean task of making film criticism seem an onerous duty.

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  Daniel Corleone
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10/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Several critics liken this film instead of the other Hannibal Lecter related movies, this rater thinks otherwise. Good, but not as great as Silence of the Lambs in terms of acting, direction, suspense and plot. Will Graham (William Petersen) coordinates with Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox) to find a murdering serial killer nicknamed "Tooth Fairy." Deciphering the letter and Will's theory of recording was just amazing. The antagonist's build-up was good. Graham's relentless passion for his work was well displayed by Petersen. Cinematography was gorgeous as well. Some scenes really slowed the down the pace and plot. Injecting the soundtrack with the direction felt like a music video. The droll storytelling makes the conclusion feel rushed. Manhunter still entertains because of i...

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07/07/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Noonan and Cox spot on as killers...unlike Sir...

Anthony Hopkins. Does that guy even read novels or the background of his role? Noonan and Cox are outstanding as they play two very different psychopathic serial killers. Both are intelligent, one is a bit more educated yet laid back, and the other is more sympathetic and not flashy. Years later, Hopkins would take the role of Hannibal Lector and make him a farce that's truly less horrifying as the real monsters. They blend in... and Lector is a bad cliche' with his love of arts, great food, different countries, ability to speak a zillion languages, and is also charming before he takes a bite out of your face. He couldn't manipulate a freaking cop with that attitude. Bryan Cox owns his character and is laid back, not as pompous, and adept at winning a lil of Graham's trust saying ...

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12/15/2011 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

More Than Worked For Me

While this film is not as finely filmed as the newer look at the same subject matter, I like it. The stylized look works for me, it's copied and used in many films and TV shows of today...think CSI. For pure visual impact, nothing beats the Freddie Lyles scene in this film. I like William Peterson as Will Graham, he's a precursor to many modern day profilers. Having the colors of his wardrobe be so radically different when at home, and when at work, speaks volumes. I saw it when it first hit the theaters in 1986 after having read Thomas Harris' "Red Dragon", and I enjoyed this telling of the Harris novel. It is said that Michael Mann in hindsight wasn't too fond of it himself, but that doesn't deter me from liking it, it entertained me, it appealed to me; I enjoyed the acting, I enj...

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