- Original title
- Running time
- 118 min.
- United States
Michael Mann. Novel: Thomas Harris
De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG), Red Dragon Productions
Thriller | Serial Killers. Cop Movies. Crime
- Movie Groups
| Thomas Harris Adaptations
- Will Graham is a former FBI agent who recently retired to Florida with his wife Molly and their young son. Graham was a 'profiler'; one who profiles criminal's behavior and tries to put his mind into the minds of criminals to examine their thoughts while visiting crime scenes. Will is called out of his self-imposed retirement at the request of his former boss Jack Crawford to help the FBI catch an elusive serial killer, known to the press as the 'Tooth Fairy', who randomly kills whole families in their houses during nights of the full moon and leaves bite marks on his victims. To try to search for clues to get into the mind of the killer, Will has occasional meetings with Dr. Hannibal Lecktor, a charismatic but very dangerous imprisoned serial killer that Will captured years earlier which nearly drove him insane from the horrific encounter that nearly cost Will's life. With some help and hindrance, Will races against the clock before the next full moon when the 'Tooth Fairy' will ...
- Critics' reviews
"Mann takes all the instincts he learned as a Miami Vice producer and trims them of their excesses, and the result is an unsettling thriller whose detached style perfectly complements its psychological intensity"
Keith Phipps: AV Club
"I'm rather intrigued with what Mann does with his stylistic envelope: it's simultaneously hypnotic and enervating, meditative and empty, like a white-noise background"
Pat Graham: Chicago Reader
"An unpleasantly gripping thriller... Interesting Hitchcockian guilt transference territory and Mann's grip on his material is tight and sure"
Variety Staff: Variety
Mann’s focus is so esoteric that he slowly turns the garish thriller into a kind of poetry"
Jake Cole: Slant
"One of the most impressive American thrillers of the late '80s."
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