Manhunter (1986)


Manhunter is a 1986 thriller film based on Thomas Harris's novel Red Dragon. Written and directed by Michael Mann, it features Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecktor (Hannibal Lecter in later films) and stars William Petersen, Joan Allen, Kim Greist, Dennis Farina, and Tom Noonan. The cinematographer was Dante Spinotti who also served as the director of photography on Red Dragon, the 2002 film version of the novel.


Detective Will Graham (William Petersen) reluctantly comes out of retirement to help the FBI catch a serial killer, dubbed "The Tooth Fairy", who kills entire families. Graham, who has the ability to empathize with sociopaths, eventually seeks advice from Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox) - the last serial killer that Graham caught. Meanwhile, the killer, Francis Dolarhyde (Tom Noonan), falls in love with Reba McLane (Joan Allen), a blind coworker who shows him the only kindness he's ever known. With this newfound relationship, he struggles to control his homicidal urges, even as he begins to stalk a new set of victims.