DVD 124 mins IMDB 7.3 (27,081 votes)
Red Dragon
Universal Studios (2002)
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Crime, Horror, Thriller
USA  /  English

Anthony Hopkins Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Edward Norton Will Graham
Ralph Fiennes Francis Dolarhyde
Harvey Keitel Jack Crawford
Emily Watson Reba McClane
Mary-Louise Parker Molly Graham
Philip Seymour Hoffman Freddy Lounds
Anthony Heald Dr. Frederick Chilton
Ken Leung Lloyd Bowman
Frankie Faison Barney Matthews
Bill Duke Police Chief
Tyler Patrick Jones Josh Graham
Lalo Schifrin Conductor
Tim Wheater Flautist
John Rubinstein Dinner Guest
David Doty Dinner Guest

Director Brett Ratner
Producer Dino De Laurentiis; Martha Schumacher; Martha De Laurentiis
Writer Thomas Harris; Ted Tally
Cinematography Dante Spinotti
Musician Danny Elfman
User Credit 1 Mark Helfrich
User Credit 2 Betsy Heimann

Following the phenomenal success of The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, Anthony Hopkins returns as brilliant madman Hannibal Lecter in this thriller based on the novel in which author Thomas Harris introduced the character. Will Graham (Edward Norton) is an FBI agent with a rare gift for tracking serial killers who brought Hannibal Lecter to justice; however, his confrontation with Lecter proved to be a bloody, near-death experience, and afterward Graham retired from the Bureau, moving to Florida to spend his time with his wife, Molly (Mary-Louise Parker), and their son. However, a particularly grisly killer is on the loose, and Jack Crawford (Harvey Keitel), Graham's one-time mentor at the Bureau, asks him to return to duty to find him. The "Tooth Fairy" is a vicious murderer who kills entire families at once, covering the eyes of his victims with bits of a shattered mirror. Graham finds he needs help putting together the pieces of the "Tooth Fairy" case, and he calls upon Lecter looking for advice. Lecter, at once vaguely helpful and self-serving, as usual, offers scraps of information to Graham which help him zero in on the killer. But Lecter knows more than he's telling; the "Tooth Fairy" is actually Francis Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes), a troubled and withdrawn man who admires Lecter's violent panache and corresponds with him. Dolarhyde works at a film processing lab, where one of his co-workers, a blind woman named Reba McClane (Emily Watson), seems to be quite attracted to him. As Dolarhyde wrestles with both his murderous impulses and his feelings for McClane, Lecter plays Graham and Dolarhyde against one another so that, as the FBI agent comes closer to catching "the Tooth Fairy," Dolarhyde moves in on his next victim — Graham's family. Red Dragon marked the second time Harris' novel of the same name had been brought to the screen; five years prior to The Silence of the Lambs, Michael Mann adapted the book for the screen as Manhunter, which starred William Petersen as Graham and Brian Cox as Lecter. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 025192198724
Region Region 1
Chapters 20
Release Date 6/1/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
Personal Details
User Text 1 Violence, grisly images, language, some nudity and sexuality.
User Text 2 Meet Hannibal Lecter For The First Time
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Trivia: When asked to reprise his role of the film, 'Anthony Heald' wasn't sure if he'd be able to. 'Tim Roth' became a candidate for a younger Dr. Chilton and negotiations began. At the last second, Heald became available. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Graham is holding Dolarhydes diary at the end, he is looking at the back of the diary in the first shoot. But in the next it's the front of the diary he looks at. (more)

Dr. Frederick Chilton: Tell me, when you saw Lecter's murders, their style, so to speak, were you able perhaps to reconstruct his fantasies? And, if so, did you jot down any impressions?
Will Graham: No.
Dr. Frederick Chilton: Let me be frank, Mr. Graham. The first definitive analysis of Lecter will be a publisher's wet dream. I'd give you full credit, of course
[Graham towards cell door]
Dr. Frederick Chilton: Dammit, man, you must have some advice. You caught him. What was your trick?
Will Graham: I let him kill me.

Awards: 3 wins & 7 nominations (more)