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Actors: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Dennis Farina
Director: Michael Mann
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2001     1hr 59min

Though it will always be remembered as themovie featuring the "other" Hannibal Lecter, Michael Mann's 1986 thriller Manhunter is nearly as good as The Silence of the Lambs, and in some respects it's arguably even better. B...  more »


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Actors: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Dennis Farina
Director: Michael Mann
Creators: Dante Spinotti, Michael Mann, Dov Hoenig, Bernard Williams, Dino De Laurentiis, Richard Roth, Thomas Harris
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/30/2001
Original Release Date: 08/15/1986
Theatrical Release Date: 08/15/1986
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 59min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 4/21/2015...
I much prefer this version of "The Silence of the Lambs" story even though it was never hyped as much it is truly scary considering some of the actual crazies that are out there in the real world. Seems fiendish nutcases attract other fiendish nut cases! William Petersen has always been an underrated actor (my opinion) and with the addition of Dennis Farina and Joan Allen the acting is superb!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Ed M. from HAWLEY, PA
Reviewed on 12/19/2013...
i had seen it before- was as good as i remember & better than the remake
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
William W. (wdavidw) from TYLER, TX
Reviewed on 8/12/2010...
This is the movie that precedes Silence of the Lambs. There's no Jody Foster, or Anthony Hopkins, but still a gripping story. It's as creepy and suspenseful as Silence of the Lambs where a jailed Hannibal Lector aids in tracking down a killer. Directed by Michael Mann, who also made the Miami Vice episodes.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Great film tragic presentation.
Mark Johnson | Boca Raton, FL USA | 02/03/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I got the new limited edition 2 disc set of Manhunter and I have to say I have never been more disapointed with a DVD in my life. First of all the first disc that is supposed to be the theatrical cut of the film is not. Several important scenes and patches of dialouge have been removed, and unimportant scenes from the directors cut are added in out of context. And to make matters worse the cuts are made very crudely, sometimes cutting people off in midsentence. Then there is the director's cut on disc 2. Saddly this version was never remastered from the source print so the picture quality of the whole film is that of a deleted scene i.e. worse than VHS. Not to mention that several scenes appear to be taken from brodcast tv as several lines of profanity are crudely dubbed over.Take my advice if you are a fan of this movie stay away from this poorly produced DVD, as refusing to buy it might be the only way get Anchor Bay to correct this horrible problem."
The 1-Disc MANHUNTER is the way to go | Atlanta, GA USA | 02/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"MANHUNTER was a flop when it was released in the mid-1980s, but has enjoyed a much-deserved renaissance in the past few years with the box office success of HANNIBAL and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. And now, finally, it has been released on DVD for a second chance with audiences.The debate rages on as to whether MANHUNTER is the best of the trilogy, and you can read numerous postings below about this. Personally, I think MANHUNTER is superior because it deals with the detailed investigation of horrific crimes versus the crimes themselves, its villain is much more terrifying because he's portrayed with more humanity, and the tone overall is creepy and serious versus horrific and campy.If you're seeing MANHUNTER for the first time and are a fan of the other two films, be forewarned that:1. This is a crime drama, not a horror movie. And while it is well shot, it is a low budget film with production values just slightly above a TV-movie. But you will be so engrossed in the story that this won't matter. 2. It is definitely a film of its time period, with 80s fashions and a MIAMI VICE-type booming soundtrack that tends to interfere with otherwise quiet and introspective moments. But the music, as with most of the other films directed by Michael Mann, is excellent, well chosen and progressive (for the mid-1980s). Even though the film seems dated to some, if we are to judge movies forever by the time periods they were created in, then we might as well stop going to the cinema.3. If Hannibal Lector and Anthony Hopkins are one and the same to you, then seeing Brian Cox in the role might be jarring. He plays Lector (spelled "Lecktor" here) with much more subtlety than Hopkins, and may disappoint those who are fans of Hopkins's over-the-top (though enjoyable) portrayal.You can read plot details in the many postings below - the real question is how good is the DVD? Since I was forewarned about the bad video transfer on the 2-disc Director's Cut, I bought the 1-disc Theatrical Cut, which has all the extras of the former. I am very pleased with the transfer I've seen. There is some graininess at times, but the picture is generally sharp with vivid colors. Probably the best version I've seen since I saw it in a theater in the 80s - maybe better. The audio can be muddy in spots, but the soundtrack booms out of the speakers, particularly the excellent Shriekback songs.There are a couple of scenes on this DVD that I don't remember seeing before - someone can correct me if I'm wrong. One involves Will Graham touring the empty home of one of the murder victims with a real estate agent, the other is a love scene with his wife in a hotel room. The former seemed unnecessary, but the latter only heightened the emotional stakes in Will's pursuit of the killer.There are a couple of short, but very informative, documentaries at the end of this film - one featuring the actors, the other featuring the cinematographer. It was very interesting seeing Tom Noonan (the villain) interviewed, as I've never seen him in any other context but this film. There are some great nuggets of information for fans of the movie, as well as a collection of movie posters from around the world.The glaring omission is any input from Michael Mann himself. I, for one, am not as enchanted with running audio commentaries on DVDs, as I feel they tend to take away some of the "magic" of the film itself. But it's too bad he didn't contribute to the docs at the end. There is a sense from the actors' interviews that the crew had had it with Michael Mann toward the end, and began walking off the set, leaving a skeleton crew for the final action sequence. Perhaps this has something to do with it.To sum up, the 1-disc MANHUNTER DVD is probably the best version we'll ever get of this classic film. Picture and audio are excellent, and the film itself - at least to this viewer - has aged well. The solving of the crime is so complicated that repeat viewings are beneficial and enjoyable. And the extras are very informative without being long and overwhelming. Highly recommended!"
Do not buy the Director's Cut
Mark Johnson | 02/06/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The movie itself is decent entertainment. The second disc (the actual director's cut) is fuzzy. Imagine if you will transferring an SLP VHS to DVD. OK, now you have the idea of the quality of the 'special' second disc. Don't bother with it. Just purchase the regular release DVD. In which case, it would get ***."