Michael Mann (1986)

18 Certificate
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Our Score
Whether or not, as some contend, this is a better movie than The Silence of the Lambs (the second and more celebrated film adaptation of novelist Thomas Harris's source material), it is undoubtedly a gripping psycho-chiller. William Petersen plays the former FBI whizz, hauled from retirement to help hunt down a sophisticated serial murderer. Strong performances, especially from Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecktor, combine with a clever plot and top-notch direction by Michael Mann to produce an atmospheric and arresting thriller.


A former FBI agent is coaxed out of retirement to track down a serial killer behind the slaughter of entire families. The detective needs an angle on the murderer's psychology and the only way to get this insight is to face his nightmares and consult cannibalistic psychopath Dr Hannibal Lecktor in prison. Michael Mann's thriller, based on Thomas Harris's novel Red Dragon, with William Petersen, Dennis Farina, Tom Noonan, Brian Cox and Joan Allen.

Cast & Crew

Will Graham William Petersen
Jack Crawford Dennis Farina
Francis Dollarhyde Tom Noonan
Dr Hannibal Lecktor Brian Cox
Reba Joan Allen
Molly Graham Kim Greist
Freddie Lounds Stephen Lang
Kevin Graham David Seaman
Director Michael Mann
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: May be edited for language and violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray