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Manhunter (Full Screen Edition) (1986)
Manhunter
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Though it will always be remembered as themovie featuring the "other" Hannibal Lecter, Michael Mann's 1986 thrillerManhunteris nearly as good asThe Silence of the Lambs, and in some respects it's arguably even better. Based on Thomas Harris's novelRed Dragon, which introduced the world to the nefarious killer Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter, the film stars William Petersen (giving a suitably brooding performance) as ex-FBI agent Will Graham, who is coaxed out of semiretirement to track down a serial killer who has thwarted the authorities at every turn.

Graham's approach to the case is a perilous one. First he seeks counsel with Lecter (Brian Cox) in the latter's high-security prison cell--an encounter that is utterly horrifying in its psychological effect--and then he begins to mold his own psyche to that of the killer, with potentially devastating results. As directed by Mann (who was at the acme of his success with TV's Miami Vice), this sophisticated cat-and-mouse game never resorts to the compromise of cheap thrills. Predating Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of Lecter by four years, Cox plays the character closer to Harris's original, lower-key conception, and he's no less compelling in the role. Petersen is equally well cast, and as always Mann employs rock music to astonishing effect, using nearly all of Iron Butterfly's heavy-metal epic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" to accompany the film's heart-stopping ...

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Director: Michael Mann
Release Date: August 15, 1986
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Michael Mann, Thomas Harris
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
Runtime: 119 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Lunch Average Rating: +2.7 (7 ratings)
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"Overrated and dated"
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