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Manhunter (1986)

Director: Michael Mann     Starring: Brian Cox William L. Petersen
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Format: DVD
Sku: 205115508
UPC: 027616085597
UPC 14: 00027616085597
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The Movie That Introduced the World to Hannibal Lecter.
An fbi specialist tracks a serial killer who appears to select his victims at random.

"The best Hannibal Lecter movie and one of the greatest suspense movies ever made...A lurid masterpiece...  Allen Barra,
" intense experience. All of the actors, including even legendary goofball Chris Elliott, give brooding, serious performances.  Dave Beuschner, Film Threat
" unsettling thriller whose detached style perfectly complements its psychological intensity.  Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club
"The brilliance of Michael Mann's Manhunter is that it appreciates that the true nexus of humanity is our shared closeness.  Marc Bernardin, Entertainment Weekly
"Petersen is superb...  TV Guide

Editor's 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Mgm Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/11/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 120 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1986
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 108560
Video UPC UPC: 00027616085597
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Manhunter - DVD Review
By: Jeremiah Kipp DVD Reviews
Published on: 9/4/2009 5:42 PM
He's a completely different monster than the Wagnerian cannibal glimpsed in The Silence of the Lambs. Released five years earlier, Manhunter (based on the book Red Dragon) views Dr. Hannibal Lecter (spelled Lektor, here) with clinical restraint, as glimpsed in a clean, antiseptic white cell. Respected British actor Brian Cox (Rushmore) would not be so gauche as to flare his nostrils while smelling you -- he'd catch you off guard, throwing away the line about your cheap after shave with "a ship on the bottle" with a bemused note of thinly veiled the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Brian Cox
Video Cast Info Chris Elliott
Video Cast Info Dennis Farina
Video Cast Info Joan Allen
Video Cast Info Kim Greist
Video Cast Info Stephen Lang
Video Cast Info Tom Noonan
Video Cast Info William L. Peterson
Video Cast Info Bernard Williams - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Dante Spinotti - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Dino De Laurentiis - Producer
Video Cast Info Dov Hoenig - Editor
Video Cast Info Jack Blackman - Art Director
Video Cast Info Mel Bourne - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Michael Mann - Director
Video Cast Info Michael Mann - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Michel Rubini - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Thomas Harris - Based On Novel By
Plot 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

"You want the scent? Smell yourself."----Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox) to Will Graham (William L. Petersen)

"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

"If one does what God does enough times, one will become as God is."----Hannibal Lecktor, giving Will Graham an archaic clue

Professional Reviews

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

"...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

Variety 9 of 10
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. 9 of 10
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. - Rod Armstrong

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Petersen,William
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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