Directed By: Michael Mann Starring: Brian Cox William L. Petersen

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An fbi specialist tracks a serial killer who appears to select his victims at random.


Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 205115508
UPC 027616085597
UPC 14 00027616085597
Format DVD
Release Date 9/11/2007
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Retired FBI agent Will Graham (William L. Petersen) returns to action to hunt down a serial killer by using his ability to get inside the psychopath's mind. However, it was this ability that drove him into retirement in the first place. The process of tracking and capturing the infamous Hannibal Lecter (Brian Cox) took a tremendous psychic toll on Graham, causing him to spent time in a mental hospital. With another madman on the loose, Graham has no choice but to return to duty, though he knows that it might cost him his family and his sanity. ^To get the old mind-set back, Graham visits Hannibal Lecter in his high-security jail cell. However, the manipulative Lecter plays both sides and warns the new killer that Graham is on his trail, telling him to destroy Graham's family to protect himself. In order to save his own family, Graham must risk everything to once again enter into the mind of the criminally insane. ^With MANHUNTER, Mann raises the bar for serial killer films, imbuing his killer with an almost sympathetic quality while keeping him extremely menacing and clearly dangerous. Based on the Thomas Harris novel RED DRAGON, which serves as the prequel to THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, MANHUNTER is a masterpiece of gripping storytelling and psychological horror.
Plot Summary
Summary Based on the Thomas Harris novel RED DRAGON, MANHUNTER has all the ingredients of a great thriller. Will Graham is a former FBI agent who has the uncanny ability to enter the minds of psychopaths. When a maniac begins killing entire families, Will is drawn out of retirement to use his skill once again--but at great personal cost.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You want the scent? Smell yourself."--Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox) to Will Graham (William L. Petersen)
Quote "You had certain disadvantages."--Will Graham, explaining to Lektor how he was able to capture him. "What disadvantages?"--Hannibal Lecktor "You're insane."--Will Graham
Quote "If one does what God does enough times, one will become as God is."--Hannibal Lecktor, giving Will Graham an archaic clue
Entertainment Weekly "...[Noonan] burns up the frame...[as] one of the freakiest madmen Hollywood has ever given us....You'll never listen to IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA without locking the doors again..." -- Rating: B 06/21/1996 pp.72-3
Variety "...Brian Cox has some delicious moments as a brilliant, depraved criminal....Stephen Lang is outrageously despicable..." 08/13/1986
Los Angeles Times "...[Mann] mounts his film with the speed of a bullet train and virtually defies us to get off while it's in motion..." 08/15/1986 p.C1
Total Film "...Gripping and packed with director Michael Mann's visual stylistics..." 04/01/2001 p.112
Michael Mann
Brian Cox
William L. Petersen
Cast & Crew
Bernard Williams - Executive Producer
Brian Cox - Actor
Chris Elliott - Actor
Dante Spinotti - Cinematographer
Dennis Farina - Actor
Dino De Laurentiis - Producer
Dov Hoenig - Editor
Jack Blackman - Art Director
Joan Allen - Actor
Kim Greist - Actor
Mel Bourne - Production Designer
Michael Mann - Director
Michael Mann - Screenplay
Michel Rubini - Original Music By
Stephen Lang - Actor
Thomas Harris - Based On Novel By
Tom Noonan - Actor
William L. Peterson - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1986
Catalog ID 108560
UPC 00027616085597
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 120 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Variety
Review Manhunter is an unpleasantly gripping thriller that rubs one's nose in a sick criminal mentality for two hours...Pic is based upon Thomas Harris' well-received novel Red Dragon and deals with a southern former FBI agent (William Petersen) who is summoned from retirement to work on a particularly perplexing case, that of a mass murderer who appears to stalk and select his victims with particular care...Petersen's excellent deductive talents are due, in large measure, to his tendency to deeply enter the minds of killers, to begin thinking like them...This trick takes the film into interesting Hitchcockian guilt transference territory and Mann's grip on his material is tight and sure. Director is at all times preoccupied by visual chic...Tom Noonan cuts a massive swath as the killer, who late in the game is surprisingly humanized by a blind girl, played in enormously touching fashion by Joan Allen.
ReviewRating 9
Review When fans of The Silence of the Lambs are made aware that there is another movie featuring Hannibal Lecter also based on a book by Thomas Harris, they often head immediately to their nearest video store. After seeing Manhunter, these folks might be dissatisfied by the spare number of scenes the mad doctor appears in, but they are probably pleasantly surprised by how tightly crafted and elegant Michael Mann's film is...The creator of Hannibal Lecter, writer Thomas Harris, is interested in the fine line between good and evil. The madmen that populate his work can only be caught by investigators who have dark sides of their own...It is precisely this complexity that, in the long run, makes Manhunter quite possibly better than Silence of the Lambs. Mann incorporates a visually stunning -- and sometimes strikingly surreal -- mise-en-scene that blows away Jonathan Demme's more straightforward presentation. Compare the austere white cell of Hannibal here to the dank dungeon where Anthony Hopkins dwelt. The latter might be more frightening for the moment, but it's the former that sticks in the brain.
Reviewer Rod Armstrong
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Actor Petersen,William
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Allen Barra, The best Hannibal Lecter movie and one of the greatest suspense movies ever made...A lurid masterpiece...
Dave Beuschner, Film Threat intense experience. All of the actors, including even legendary goofball Chris Elliott, give brooding, serious performances.
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club unsettling thriller whose detached style perfectly complements its psychological intensity.
Marc Bernardin, Entertainment Weekly The brilliance of Michael Mann's Manhunter is that it appreciates that the true nexus of humanity is our shared closeness.
TV Guide Petersen is superb...

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