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June 10, 2014

Episode 170: Manhunter (1986)

Special Guests: Tom Noonan, Chris Elliott, Adam Resnick, Jonathan Rayner

Have you ever seen blood in the moonlight? It appears quite black...

Michael Mann's Manhunter was a stylish serial killer film that has proved influential for decades. Other than being known as the first film appearance from Hannibal Lecter (a sublime Brian Cox), Manhunter helped give rise to the crime procedural ("C.S.I.", "Criminal Minds", "True Detective", etc.).

We talked to Tom Noonan about his role as Francis Dollarhyde along with Chris Elliott (and Adam Resnick) about his early appearances in mainstream films. We also discuss the cinema of Michael Mann with Professor Jonathan Rayner.

Our guest co-host is the mysterious Mister X; we discuss the entire "Hannibal Lec(k)tor Legacy".

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Mike was a guest on the Kulturecaset where Chris Stachiw and John Lein discussed the disjointed Hannibal Franchise.

Buy Manhunter on DVD
Buy Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Buy The Cinema of Michael Mann by Jonathan Rayner
Buy Red Dragon on DVD
Visit the official Tom Noonan website
Learn more about Tom Noonan's Paradise Theater
Visit a terrific Manhunter fansite
Read Mister X's analysis of Red Dragon and Manhunter at Film Threat
Watch That Guy with Glasses compare Manhunter and Red Dragon
Learn more about FBI Profiler John Douglas
Visit the official Thomas Harris website
Listen to us talk about serial killers and blind people on our Peeping Tom episode
Listen to the rest of our conversation with Chris Elliott and Adam Resnick on Cabin Boy
Visit the official Mister X website


Recovering the Mindset from Matthew Morettini on Vimeo.


  1. Great podcast guys! I bought the most complete Manhunter DVD I could find (Anchor Bay) and watched it with Michael Mann's commentary. Manhunter in any version is superior to the 2002 Red Dragon. I remember reading at that time that Dino had lost money on Manhunter in 1986, and passed on Silence of the Lambs, so was unable to capitalize on that films success until 2002, when He signed Anthony Hopkins to reprise Lector.

  2. It was exciting to spend over 3 hours with this great episode, this is why I follow you guys! Manhunter is one of my all time favorites and all in all I'm a big fan of Michael Mann's work, it's great to see Manhunter getting the appreciation that it deserves!

    1. Frank and JJ,

      Thanks for the kind words and checking in. I have the Special Edition of the film and I think we were able to add to what's out there - especially that Chris Elliott stuff that was off the wall but also really interesting.

      Glad to know what our conversations connect!

      Let folks know about us who might dig it.



    2. The Manhunter poster at the top of this page... Every time I look at it I think "They made Dollarhyde look like Colonel Kurtz." The low-angle close-up and half-shadowed face.

  3. Excellent episode. Thanks for playing the Manhunter sequences back to back with Red Dragon. I barely remember my 2002 viewing of RD, such an unremarkable film I would not want to revisit myself. Thank you for re-enduring Red Dragon for your listeners' sake!

    1. J.P.,

      HAHA! That's what we are here for - we torture ourselves so you don't have to! ;)


      Rob St. Mary
      co-host of "The Projection Booth"

      PS: I agree with you about the "Kurtz" look. "THE HORROR! THE HORROR!"

  4. I actually saw Shriekback live once?! They were supporting Simple Minds back in the 'Don't You Forget About Me' era...