Because both movies were based on the same source material, thomas harris’ 1981 novel red dragon (re-titled manhunter for fear audiences would think it was a kung-fu movie and changing hannibal lecter’s name to ‘lecktor’ for license reasons, please take note bryan fuller) they share not only the same basic story and characters, but whole chunks of dialogue.
Since its back in pop culture as actor mads mikkelsen made the role his own, let’s look at the good doctor’s first appearance to see if it stands the test of time under the examination: manhunter.
Why was the movie manhunter not called red dragon, after the book it was based on if you have seen the 1986 movie manhunter, can you identify and describe each psychopath in it which movie adaptation of thomas harris's novel red dragon is closer to the book, manhunter or red dragon (2002. Manhunter was made before the novel silence of the lambs was published and lechter is a bit player in both the source novel and the earlier film with little of the menace by contrast red dragon benefits from the fully-established hopkins/lechter character from silence.
Manhunter is the black sheep of the cinematic lecter family a hannibal lecter film that has barely any hannibal in many ways it is the purest of the series an adaptation of red dragon made before hannibal was a cultural phenomenon, and so this time the story can develop without the weight of being part of a wider franchise and it pays off in spades. The movies red dragon ( from the silence of the lambs trilogy ) and manhunter, which was the original red dragon movie made 10 years before silence of the lambs was even made manhunter, in both my opinion, and that of my nephew.
Mann hired cinematographer dante spinotti for manhunter on de laurentiis's recommendation and ended up working with him on five movies spinotti was also the cinematographer for brett ratner 's red dragon remake in 2002.
Each brings a good interpretation of the source material to the table, but pursues it in very different ways how much you prefer one film or another will depend on what you're looking for from the films why was the movie manhunter not called red dragon, after the book it was based on. An educational look at how the same scene with nearly the same script can be interpreted by two different sets of cast and crew scene comparison: manhunter/red dragon side by side on vimeo join. As 'manhunter' celebrates three decades, a history of hannibal lecter—everyone's favorite cannibal the 30-year evolution of hannibal lecter which swaps out thomas harris' red dragon.