De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG) | Release Date: August 22, 1986
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barnet42Oct 15, 2012
Manhunter, an excellent thriller, is the best film I've seen from Mann's oeuvre. Heat is a vastly overrated mediocrity of a film rife with cliches and an implausible love subplot with the De Niro and Brenneman characters, among other numerousManhunter, an excellent thriller, is the best film I've seen from Mann's oeuvre. Heat is a vastly overrated mediocrity of a film rife with cliches and an implausible love subplot with the De Niro and Brenneman characters, among other numerous silly contrivances and digressions. It's a bloated Hollywood heist thriller. I haven't seen The Insider, yet, but have heard good things about it. Collateral is a merely passable thriller that features Cruise as a Hollywood villain who utters banal philosophy. Public Enemies is fun disposable entertainment. Expand
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PatC.Jan 5, 2004
Noonan plays a truly spiritually frightening dude. The Hannibal films that followed pay due homage to director Michael Mann. Never one to shy away from the dark side of human nature, he once again establishes that evil cannot be confronted Noonan plays a truly spiritually frightening dude. The Hannibal films that followed pay due homage to director Michael Mann. Never one to shy away from the dark side of human nature, he once again establishes that evil cannot be confronted until it is understood. That understanding flows from a world that is not necessarily twisted, but always is matter-of-fact. Unfortunately, this film introduced the My-family's-in-peril-I-must-become-Executioner device now never out of stock on Hollywood's formula shelf. Expand
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RodL.Apr 7, 2003
By far the best of the Hannibal Lechter movies, due in no small part to Brian Cox, who played the killer not as a slithering over-the-top caricature, but as a very devious, very deceptive genius. William Petersen's profiler is a worthy By far the best of the Hannibal Lechter movies, due in no small part to Brian Cox, who played the killer not as a slithering over-the-top caricature, but as a very devious, very deceptive genius. William Petersen's profiler is a worthy opponent for the psychopath, not begging for clues (a la Edward Norton) but using Lechter as a way into his own dark recesses. A stylish thriller not to be missed. Expand
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YoonC.Sep 22, 2003
Effective but hollow, slick and soulless. Michael Mann as director is too enamoured of what might be called the Armani decorum and yuppie office building lighting. A minimalist exercise, a glasswork than a mirror reflecting human Effective but hollow, slick and soulless. Michael Mann as director is too enamoured of what might be called the Armani decorum and yuppie office building lighting. A minimalist exercise, a glasswork than a mirror reflecting human motivations. William Peterson does a creditable job but this pales in comparison to the other Peterson film of the same period, Friedkin's masterpiece To Live and Die in LA. Expand
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AndrewM.Dec 13, 2003
No hamming it up by any of the actors, they do whats asked of them by the script and folllow it. the B movie dialogesque overtones give more credibilty then trite, smoothly stiched dialogue found in recent thrillers. Casting was excellent, itNo hamming it up by any of the actors, they do whats asked of them by the script and folllow it. the B movie dialogesque overtones give more credibilty then trite, smoothly stiched dialogue found in recent thrillers. Casting was excellent, it shows a fluid process flow of law enforcement that probably doesnt exist but should be expected. Expand
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Compi24Jan 14, 2015
Michael Mann kicks the dread and psychological terror up a notch in "Manhunter," a fresh and unsettling thriller with brilliant imagery drenched in vivid color paletting.
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kingzaphodMay 25, 2013
This movie has been criticized for reasons that make it so great. Maybe it's a personal thing but if you want to use your imagination, just let go and let the film absorb you as the visuals and the music suck you into the mood and the mentalThis movie has been criticized for reasons that make it so great. Maybe it's a personal thing but if you want to use your imagination, just let go and let the film absorb you as the visuals and the music suck you into the mood and the mental angst
For me one of the cleverest and by far the scariest film I have ever watched maybe it's the thought of another tooth fairy being out like the one so well played by Noonan I cannot forget for instance his ecstasy watching her stroke the Tiger and by implication the intensity of the emotions that the killer can feel brilliant. The cast are all very convincing. I'd call it the brilliant original of the Hannibal Lechter series.
If you get a chance give this one a go.
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FranzHcriticJan 21, 2015
A blasphemous statement to most Lecter fans, but I found this to be the best film based on a Thomas Harris work. It's style and visuals give it a unique look to the 1980's thrillers, as well as having tense yet subtle performances by theA blasphemous statement to most Lecter fans, but I found this to be the best film based on a Thomas Harris work. It's style and visuals give it a unique look to the 1980's thrillers, as well as having tense yet subtle performances by the cast. The whole film is more terrifying than 'Red Dragon' or 'Silence on the Lambs', because it terrifies and gives suspense not with blood or gore, but with quality cinema. Expand
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adaniil2Mar 5, 2014
Alongside with "Heat" and "The Last of the Mohicans" - one of the best Mann's movies. Unlike 2002 "Red Dragon", "Manhunter" is an extremely talented and deep adaptation of Harris' brilliant novel. It is in no way your regular maniac thriller,Alongside with "Heat" and "The Last of the Mohicans" - one of the best Mann's movies. Unlike 2002 "Red Dragon", "Manhunter" is an extremely talented and deep adaptation of Harris' brilliant novel. It is in no way your regular maniac thriller, in which terrifing murders shown and tension grows high every minute. And it's not a Lecter movie. Instead, it concentrates on psychological deepness of the main character, FBI special agent Will Graham, whose ability to identify himself with wanted murderers puts him to the edge of the sanity. William Petersen did a superb job of creating one of the deepest movie characters of all time, and it's a pity that he never became a huge star (in 80's he also was great in Fridkin's "To live and die in L.A.")

Movie is unforgettable not only because of it's detailed, psychological storyline and wonderful acting, but also vivid visuals and extraterrestial soundtrack. The way Mann and his team use colors and music creates a very special, unrepeatable atmosphere and eve helps in character development. All in all, "Manhunter" is a true masterpiece, both entertaining and thoughtful, and i deeply regret that it is so unpopular nowadays. Everyone should watch it.
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horcrux2007Sep 3, 2014
"Manhunter" is a very exciting and well-made film. There are many twists and turns that keep the audience guessing, and some very intense and suspenseful scenes. The film's main character, Will Graham, is very complex and likable, and the"Manhunter" is a very exciting and well-made film. There are many twists and turns that keep the audience guessing, and some very intense and suspenseful scenes. The film's main character, Will Graham, is very complex and likable, and the movie has some great acting. I think this is even better than "The Silence of the Lambs", and I highly recommend it. Expand
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BroyaxJan 23, 2017
Deux bonnes choses à retenir de ce "Dragon Rouge" (bizarrement appelé Le Sixième Sens) : la mise en scène soignée de Michael Mann, presque élégante, et la musique électro bien agréable ma foi. A part ça, il est quand même étonnant deDeux bonnes choses à retenir de ce "Dragon Rouge" (bizarrement appelé Le Sixième Sens) : la mise en scène soignée de Michael Mann, presque élégante, et la musique électro bien agréable ma foi. A part ça, il est quand même étonnant de constater que les deux adaptations (1986 et 2002) du bouquin de Thomas Harris n'ont débouché que sur des produits médiocres ou moyens (sans compter les autres) alors que la base est là pour construire un polar de qualité.

Je n'ai pas lu le bouquin et n'ai pas l'intention de le lire mais il est clair que seul le Silence des Agneaux est réussi parmi les portages des oeuvres psychopathiques de l'auteur, sans doute un heureux accident de parcours qui restera inégalé.

Ce "Sixième sens" est très long, très lymphatique et malheureusement, le sémillant et diabolique Anthony Hopkins n'est pas là pour nous aider à faire passer la pillule, décidément très amère et trop dure à avaler ici. J'étais si détaché de ce prétendu thriller que j'ai failli m'endormir plusieurs fois.
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