Manhunter (1986) Stake Out HD William Petersen as FBI Profiler Will Graham • Michael Mann

• Manhunter is a 1986 American thriller film directed and written by Michael Mann
• Manhunter focuses on the forensic work carried out by the FBI to track down killers and shows the long-term effects that cases like this have on profilers such as Graham, highlighting the similarities between him and his quarry. The film features heavily stylized use of color to convey this sense of duality, and the nature of the characters’ similarity has been explored in academic readings of the film. It was the first film adaptation of Harris’ Hannibal Lecter novels, as well as the first adaptation of Red Dragon, which later became the basis for a film of the same name in 2002.
• Based on the 1981 novel, Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris, it stars William Petersen as FBI profiler Will Graham. Also featured are Tom Noonan as serial killer Francis Dollarhyde, Dennis Farina as Graham’s FBI superior Jack Crawford, and Brian Cox as incarcerated killer #hannibal Lecktor. The film focuses on Graham coming out of retirement to lend his talents to an investigation on Dollarhyde, a killer known as the Tooth Fairy. In doing so, he must confront the demons of his past and meet with Lecktor, who nearly killed Graham.

” it Feels Good Will, Because God Has Power. If One does what God does enough times, one will become as god is. ”

Opening to mixed reviews, Manhunter fared poorly at the box office at the time of its release, making only $8.6 million in the United States. However, it has been reassessed in more recent reviews and now enjoys a more favorable reception, as both the acting and the stylized visuals have been appreciated better in later years. Its resurgent popularity, which may be due to later adaptations of Harris’ books and Petersen’s success in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, has seen it labelled as a cult film

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• 3 years after leaving the police force Will Graham is begged by an old colleague to return to help track down a murderer who operates on the full moon and has murdered two entire families. Endowed with a sixth sense Graham has never used conventional ways to find psychopaths. Instead he has developed a method which is dangerous for his own mental health for it allows him to be accepted by people with deranged minds and enables him to construct a path that will lead to the murderer

Screenplay & Directed by #michaelmann
Based on #reddragon
by Thomas Harris
Produced by Richard A. Roth

Starring William Petersen as FBI Agent Will Graham. Richard Gere, Mel Gibson and Paul Newman were considered for the role, but Mann cast Petersen after seeing footage from To Live and Die in L.A. Petersen spent time with officers of the Chicago Police Department researching for his role. Additionally, Petersen had a small role as a bouncer in Mann’s 1981 film Thief.
• Tom Noonan as Francis Dollarhyde, whose name is spelled differently from the novel’s “Dolarhyde.” Noonan credits his ability to improvise during rehearsals for his casting. He took up bodybuilding to prepare physically for the part. He began preparation for his role by studying other serial killers, but quickly rejected this approach. While shooting the film, Noonan remained in character at all times, keeping away from cast members playing his pursuers.
• Dennis Farina as FBI Agent Jack Crawford. Farina had already worked with Mann before, making his acting debut in the 1981 film Thief before starring in Crime Story and in several episodes of Miami Vice. Farina had already read the novel Red Dragon, and was called to audition at the same time as Brian Cox.
• Brian Cox as Dr. Hannibal Lecktor. Actors John Lithgow, Mandy Patinkin, and Brian Dennehy, and director William Friedkin were also considered for the part of Lecktor, whose name was changed from the novel’s “Lecter.” Cox based his performance on Scottish serial killer Peter Manuel. Cox was asked to audition with his back turned to the casting agents, as they felt they needed to focus on the power of his voice when considering him for the part.
Kim Greist as Molly Graham. Greist has previously worked with Mann on an episode of Miami Vice.
Joan Allen as Reba McClane
Stephen Lang as Freddy Lounds. Lang had previously starred in Band of the Hand, on which Mann was executive producer. He went on to appear in the Mann-produced Crime Story with Farina and in Mann’s 2009 film Public Enemies.

Cinematography Dante Spinotti
Edited by Dov Hoenig
Music by Michel Rubini, The Reds

De Laurentiis Entertainment Group
Red Dragon Productions

Distributed by DEG
Release date
August 1986

Running time
120 min
Country USA

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