Red Dragon, the newest installment in the Hannibal Lecter series, is Hollywood's second go at Thomas Harris' best-selling novel of the same name. In 1986 Michael Mann wrote and directed a generally well-regarded version of the same story, under the title Manhunter. However, after the success of The Silence of the Lambs, with Anthony Hopkins delivering a bold and critically acclaimed performance, Manhunter became an orphan. It had little of the same atmosphere as Jonathan Demme's film, and it shared virtually nothing in common with the more blatantly over-the-top Hannibal (directed by Ridley Scott).
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