Red Dragon

Red Dragon

Brett Ratner (2002)

15 Certificate
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In this remake of Michael Mann's revered Manhunter (the first film version of Thomas Harris's novel Red Dragon), ex-FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) investigates a series of killings committed by Francis Dolarhyde (a tattooed Ralph Fiennes), who is known only as "The Tooth Fairy". To get inside the killer's head, Graham has to consult his archenemy - and the man he put behind bars - Dr Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). Closer to The Silence of the Lambs than Hannibal in tone and tension, this is a classier, less campy outing for the gourmet doctor, who is well matched in the psycho stakes by Fiennes's dentally challenged killer. With this prequel/remake, the people behind the film series seem to have taken to the idea of cannibalism a bit too literally. A crass idea, maybe, but despite a more literal interpretation of the book than Mann's version, it's imbued with class by director Brett Ratner and The Silence of the Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally.


The FBI agent who first captured Hannibal Lecter is called out of retirement to catch a demented murderer dubbed the Tooth Fairy, who slaughters a family whenever there is a full moon - forcing the detective to draw on the imprisoned cannibal's expertise. Thriller prequel adapted from the first of Thomas Harris's Lecter novels, starring Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Cast & Crew

Dr Hannibal Lecter Anthony Hopkins
Will Graham Edward Norton
Francis Dolarhyde Ralph Fiennes
Jack Crawford Harvey Keitel
Reba Emily Watson
Molly Graham Mary-Louise Parker
Freddy Lounds Philip Seymour Hoffman
Dr Chilton Anthony Heald
TBC Frank Whaley
Barney Frankie Faison
Josh Graham Tyler Patrick Jones
Conductor Lalo Schifrin
Grandmother Dolarhyde Ellen Burstyn
Director Brett Ratner
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 11 Oct 2002


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