Red DragonDirector: Brett Ratner, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes
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Lecter knows more than he's telling; the "Tooth Fairy" is actually Francis Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes), a troubled and withdrawn man who admires Lecter's violent panache and corresponds with him.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.
This movie, based on Harris' first novel, has studied Silence of the Lambs and knows that the action comes second to general creepiness.
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Cast & Crew
|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|
|Frankie R. Faison||Barney|
|Tyler Patrick Jones||Josh Graham|
|Aaron Michael Lacey||TV Cameraman|
|Andrew Z. Davis||Executive Producer|
|Dino de Laurentiis||Producer|
|Martha de Laurentiis||Producer|
|Nancy Deren||Set Decoration/Design|
|Danny Elfman||Score Composer|
|James M. Freitag||Asst. Director|
|Tim Glavin||Art Director|
|Betsy Heimann||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jeff Markwith||Set Decoration/Design|
|Karen O'Hara||Set Decoration/Design|
|Kim Ornitz||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Steve Saklad||Art Director|
|James F. Truesdale||Set Decoration/Design|
|Kristi Zea||Production Designer|
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i really enjoyed this film!Im a big fan of the silene of the lambs+hannibal,this just made the series shine even brighter!!!
I feel that Hannibal Lecter can finally sleep well now with this exceptional trilogy ending. Kudos on a job well done.
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,
I loved silence of the lambs, and hannibal was alittle slow but this was great!
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.
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.
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).