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About the Movie
Three years after leaving the police force, Will Graham is begged by an old colleague to return, to help track down a murderer who operates on the full moon and has murdered two entire families. Endowed with a sixth sense, Graham has never used conventional ways to find psychopaths. Instead, he has developed a method which is dangerous for his own mental health for it allows him to be accepted by people with deranged minds and enables him to construct a path that will lead to the murderer.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 35
- Fresh: 33
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The movie drives along with such intensity for much of the time that you can just let it work on your senses without worrying about whether it makes sense.
Fresh: An unpleasantly gripping thriller that rubs one's nose in a sick criminal mentality for two hours.
Fresh: ... "Manhunter" is a gory and gorgeous cop thriller...
Fresh: I'm intrigued by that stylistic envelope: simultaneously hypnotic and enervating, meditative and empty.
Decent flick in the Mann style.
This is the 80's version of what most know of as "Red Dragon" part of the Silence of the Lambs series. In fact Red Dragon uses some lines VERBATIM from Manhunter.
Decent MMann cinematography and long shots along with his sophisticated style aid to the some what average acting.
Worth the watch and has a creepy tone.
Awesome 80's thriller!
This movie was made at the height of Michael Mann's "Miami Vice" popularity.
The visuals, the clothes, the style all shout out mid 80's!
The movie was based on the book, "Red Dragon" long before anyone had ever heard of "The Silence of the Lambs" or Dr. Hannibal Lektor.
The reason the movie "Red Dragon" seems to use lines verbatim from this film was because it too was based on the book!
However, because no one had seen or heard of the characters unless they actually read the book, many scenes and some story lines from the book were never shot for this film.
They were kept in the updated remake "Red Dragon".
Also, the title was changed to "Manhunter" because the producers thought no one would understand the title "Red Dragon" as this type of movie.
I saw this movie when it was released in the theatres back in 1986.
It was an amazing thriller that kept you guessing then, and although I've seen it several times as well as all the Lektor movies in the series, it still is a great movie to watch again now.
Over the years, I couldn't watch William Petersen in an episode of CSI without always thinking of his portrayal of Will Graham in this movie.
Definitely worth the ride!
Good Movie! Better Than Remake 'Red Dragon'
Good book (Red Dragon) and well made movie. I think this movie set off the whole profiler craze in crime thrillers. William Petersen stars as Will Graham, the guy who put Hannibel Lecktor in the Asylum. Brian Cox plays a good Lecktor even though the role is smaller in this film. Michael Mann creates a slick, chilling atmosphere the remake never really captured. Definately worth the price.