One review on 15 Feb 2024

USA 2002

Running time: 119 mins

Red Dragon

Director : Christopher Nolan 

Setting: USA
Summary: Retired FBI agent recalled to hunt down serial killer with Hannibal Lecktors help.Previoue=sly made as Manhunter


  • Anthony Hopkins  Hannibal
  • Ralph Fiennes  Dolarhyde
  • Emily Watson  Reba (the blind lab assistant)
  • Edward Norton  Agent Graham

Aspect Ratio: 2.39 (Bollywood)

Colour: Colour

Sound: Surround

Camera: 35mm

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First Seen: Thu 15th Feb 2024
Catalogued: 19th Feb 2024


A prequel to Silence of the Lambs. It is the first of the 3 adult Hannibal stories (Hannibal Rising is the first where Hannibal is a child) and is followed by Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal is the last in the sequence. They were made in the order Manhunter (the previous version of Red Dragon) came first in 1986, Then Silence of the lambs(1991),  Hannibal (2001), Red Dragon (2002), Hannibal Rising (2007).

Agent Graham (Edward Norton( captures Hannibal (Anthony Hopkins) at the start of the film as a prelude, the main action revolves around Graham being recalled to enlist Hannibal's help in capturing Dolarhyde (the Tooth Fairy - Ralph Fiennes) and a postlude has Graham visiting Hannibal in jail one more time where we learn that a female agent is to visit Hannibal for help with another case - a lead in to Clarice Darling in Silence of the Lambs.


by rogerco on Thu 15th Feb 2024 DVD proj @ home

Better than the previous version

Full review

Much better made than Manhunter and the prelude with Agent Graham capturing Hannibal provides a nice lead-in. However the story is a bit uncredible and both Dolarhyde's disfiburment (a slight hare lip) and Graham's supposed psychological trauma causing him to be invalided out of the FBI to a comfortable retirement at a young age were unconvincing as hooks to hang the story on.

So as with Manhunter it comes down to a race-against-time chase - which is handled much better than Manhunter - but the film as a whole remains flawed and not fully engrossing.