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Red Dragon

Red Dragon

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Director: Brett Ratner, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes

Cast: Brett Ratner, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes


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Following the phenomenal success of The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, Anthony Hopkins returns as brilliant madman Hannibal Lecter in this thriller based on the novel in which author Thomas Harris introduced the character. Will Graham (Edward Norton) is an FBI agent with a rare gift for tracking serial killers who brought Hannibal Lecter to justice;


Following the phenomenal success of The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, Anthony Hopkins returns as brilliant madman Hannibal Lecter in this thriller based on the novel in which author Thomas Harris introduced the character. Will Graham (Edward Norton) is an FBI agent with a rare gift for tracking serial killers who brought Hannibal Lecter to justice; however, his confrontation with Lecter proved to be a bloody, near-death experience, and afterward Graham retired from the Bureau, moving to Florida to spend his time with his wife, Molly (Mary-Louise Parker), and their son. However, a particularly grisly killer is on the loose, and Jack Crawford (Harvey Keitel), Graham's one-time mentor at the Bureau, asks him to return to duty to find him. The "Tooth Fairy" is a vicious murderer who kills entire families at once, covering the eyes of his victims with bits of a shattered mirror. Graham finds he needs help putting together the pieces of the "Tooth Fairy" case, and he calls upon Lecter looking for advice. Lecter, at once vaguely helpful and self-serving, as usual, offers scraps of information to Graham which help him zero in on the killer. But Lecter knows more than he's telling; the "Tooth Fairy" is actually Francis Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes), a troubled and withdrawn man who admires Lecter's violent panache and corresponds with him. Dolarhyde works at a film processing lab, where one of his co-workers, a blind woman named Reba McClane (Emily Watson), seems to be quite attracted to him. As Dolarhyde wrestles with both his murderous impulses and his feelings for McClane, Lecter plays Graham and Dolarhyde against one another so that, as the FBI agent comes closer to catching "the Tooth Fairy", Dolarhyde moves in on his next victim -- Graham's family. Red Dragon marked the second time Harris' novel of the same name had been brought to the screen; five years prior to The Silence of the Lambs, Michael Mann adapted the book for the screen as Manhunter, which starred William Petersen as Graham and Brian Cox as Lecter.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Back for thirds as cannibalistic killer Hannibal Lecter, the characterization that earned him his Oscar, Sir Anthony Hopkins is once again deliciously devilish. This blood-curdling The Silence of the Lambs prequel -- previously filmed as Manhunter -- begins with Lecter's apprehension by talented young FBI profiler Will Graham (Edward Norton), following a violent clash that leaves both men near death. Years later, Graham is called out of retirement to help search for the "Tooth Fairy," a brilliant serial killer who preys on young women. Stymied in his investigation, Will turns to the one man who can put him on the murderer’s trail -- the imprisoned Lecter, to whom the Tooth Fairy has written a fan letter. Red Dragon, based on the first in Thomas Harris’s bestselling series of violent thrillers, isn’t really a Hannibal Lecter story, but Hopkins effortlessly dominates the film, and his presence is felt throughout even though his actual screen time is limited. Ralph Fiennes, cast against type as the deranged Tooth Fairy, turns in a remarkably layered and intense performance. Emily Watson is equally good, and extremely sympathetic, as the blind woman who risks becoming one of his victims. But the movie’s essence is captured in the verbal duels between Lecter and Graham, sharply written by Ted Tally and directed with just the right emphasis by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour). The DVD edition features a Ratner-Tally commentary, in addition to a comparative analysis of Lecter and a real-life serial killer by renowned profiler John Douglas, a Hannibal Lecter "biography," deleted scenes, and DVD-ROM content. A two-disc special edition adds Ratner’s "video diary" of the film’s production, behind-the-scenes footage, Ratner’s NYU student film, screen tests, and storyboard-to-film shot comparisons.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Red Dragon is certainly worthy of its relationship to Silence of the Lambs (unlike the superfluous Hannibal). Ted Tally's uncanny ability to translate Thomas Harris' work for the screen (he won the Oscar for his adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs, provides a solid story as well as juicy parts for each member of the highly talented ensemble. Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel and Anthony Hopkins are all given extreme characters to play, and they do a superb job of not overplaying the material. They make serial killers, a blind woman that loves a serial killer, and the cops that chase serial killers all believable. Philip Seymour Hoffman deserves special notice for stealing every scene he is in, as well as for providing welcome laughs in tense situations that still fail to dissipate that tension. The most noticeable difference between Red Dragon and the previous adaptation, Michael Mann's Manhunter, is that the character of Will Graham has been changed. In the book, as well as in Manhunter, Graham is on the edge of a total mental breakdown. His ability to think like Lecter, the skill that allowed for Lecter's capture, took a heavy psychic toll on him and his loved ones. In this film, Graham is cool and in control. This change makes the film a different entity from both the book and Manhunter. While Red Dragon is closer to the letter of the book, Manhunter is closer to the spirit. Both are worthwhile films.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
This movie, based on Harris' first novel, has studied Silence of the Lambs and knows that the action comes second to general creepiness.
New York Observer
Red Dragon is so good that it might be the final word on Hannibal Lecter. Rex Reed

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Hannibal Lecter
Edward Norton FBI Agent Will Graham
Ralph Fiennes Francis Dolarhyde, AKA The Tooth Fairy
Harvey Keitel Agent Jack Crawford
Emily Watson Reba McClane
Mary-Louise Parker Molly Graham
Philip Seymour Hoffman Freddy Lounds
Anthony Heald Dr. Chilton
Bill Duke Police Chief
Ken Leung Lloyd Bowman
Stanley Anderson Jimmy
Azura Skye Bookseller
Frankie R. Faison Barney
Tyler Patrick Jones Josh Graham
Aaron Michael Lacey TV Cameraman

Technical Credits
Brett Ratner Director
Andrew Z. Davis Executive Producer
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Martha de Laurentiis Producer
Nancy Deren Set Decoration/Design
Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler Casting
Danny Elfman Score Composer
James M. Freitag Asst. Director
Tim Glavin Art Director
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Helfrich Editor
Francine Maisler Casting
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Saklad Art Director
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Ted Tally Screenwriter
James F. Truesdale Set Decoration/Design
Kristi Zea Production Designer


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Red Dragon 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed this film!Im a big fan of the silene of the lambs+hannibal,this just made the series shine even brighter!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel that Hannibal Lecter can finally sleep well now with this exceptional trilogy ending. Kudos on a job well done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Red dragon,remake of 1986's manhunter,was horrible.it was to slow in lots of the movie and boring.if you want to see the definitive version of the Hannibal Lecktor series,don't see this,
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved silence of the lambs, and hannibal was alittle slow but this was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
perhaps the best of the hannibal lector movies. i think the once excellent anthony hopkins has allowed himself to slowly erode into nothing more than a parody of himself. however, star edward norton is as good as ever and his performance is highly watchable. a satisfying installment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Red Dragon, Thomas Harris's first Lecter file. I never saw Manhunter, that just annoys me. Ted Tally is right to keep Harris's original name, who does Mann think he is to change the title, and in fact the ending. I know, Tally does modify it slightly, but personally it was better. it was loyal to the book but I liked Graham being a little more heroic than in the book at the end. Ralph Fiennes as Dolarhyde was great, true he wasn't the body builder type as he was in the book but he was a superb actor. Oh, and btw that idiot Michael Mann spells Lecter wrong, it's Lecter not Lecktor...the idiot...yes I hate him with a passion cause of all the wrong things he does in Manhunter...I despise using that title too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, I know Manhunter told the story of ''Red Dragon'' long before this movie was ever thought about. That movie was fine, but without Mr. Hopkins as Dr. Lecter.....well it kind of loses it's flavour. I mean let's face it, the reason why people love Silence and Hannibal so much is because Anthony Hopkins IS Hannibal Lecter, which is why I say the triology is finally complete. ''Red Dragon'' does keep more in step with the feel and look of Silence, whereas I think of Hannibal as the poor step-child that will never be seen for what it truly was--an artistically rich, dark comedy/romance that dared to be it's own movie without keeping Silence in mind. I think all 3 are great movies in their own right. The Director's Edition for Red Dragon is very thorough. It is chock-full of information for anybody curious enough to want to know more about Dr. Lecter, but have not sylphed the information from the books (like I have).
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