18 certificateManhunter is a Film programme that first aired in 1986 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

Manhunter is a 5 star programme

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Manhunter (1986)

Directed by
Michael Mann

First of the film versions of Thomas Harris's novels featuring the dastardly Dr Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter (or Lecktor as he is here), Michael Mann's 1986 movie is arguably the best of the bunch. If you can ignore its dated feel (it's understandably heavily rooted in the 1980s), it's a tremendous mad whirl of a psycho-chiller, perhaps too slick and glossy at times but with less emphasis on blood and gore than the re-make and sequels.

The film follows former FBI agent Will Graham (William Petersen) as he's brought out of retirement by Jack Crawford (Dennis Farina) to track down the Tooth Fairy (Tom Noonan, pictured), a serial killer who appears to select his victims at random.

To get his teeth firmly into the case, Graham has to enlist help from Lecktor - his most deadly adversary who he put behind bars - and a psychological battle ensues. As Lecktor, played strongly here by Brian Cox, indulges in mind games with Graham, the clock ticks away for the FBI man, and the murderer lines up more victims...

Re-made as Red Dragon in 2002, this under-rated original is well worth watching.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 119 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1986

5/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for William PetersenWilliam Petersen...Will Graham
Kim Greist...Molly Graham
Image for Joan AllenJoan Allen...Reba McClane
Image for Brian CoxBrian Cox...Dr. Hannibal Lecktor
Image for Dennis FarinaDennis Farina...Jack Crawford
Image for Tom NoonanTom Noonan...Francis Dollarhyde
Stephen Lang...Freddy Lounds
David Seaman...Kevin Graham
Benjamin Hendrickson...Dr. Frederick Chilton
Michael Talbott...Geehan
Dan Butler...Jimmy Price
Michele Shay...Beverly Katz
Robin Moseley...Sarah
Paul Perri...Dr. Sidney Bloom
Patricia Charbonneau...Mrs. Sherman