Red Dragon

  • 15
  • Brett Ratner (2002)
  • US / Ger
  • 119 min
Red Dragon
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Thriller based on the Thomas Harris novel that introduced Hannibal Lecter, starring Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton and Ralph Fiennes.Called out of retirement to help track a serial killer known as "The Tooth Fairy", detective Will Graham is forced to turn to his old enemy, the imprisoned Lecter, to help him build a psychological profile of the killer. But as the case develops, the line between who is controlling who becomes blurred.

Cast and crew


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


Brett Ratner

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Contains violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Oct 2002
Certificate 15
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd