Hannibal Lecter, Serial Killer, Forensic Psychiatrist
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Red Dragon is a 2002 thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel of the same name and featuring psychiatrist and serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. It is a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs.
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Baltimore, Maryland, 1980: in his townhouse, psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins) hosts a dinner party, where his guests might well be dining on portions of a man they knew. Lecter is later visited by Will Graham (Norton), a gifted, young FBI agent, with whom he has been working on a psychological profile of a serial killer. Edible body parts of the victims, such as the kidneys and liver, were removed from the bodies, leading Graham to believe that the killer could be a cannibal.
During the consultation and brainstorming session, Graham discovers evidence implicating Dr. Lecter in the murders. Lecter attacks him, almost disemboweling Graham before being subdued. Lecter is sentenced to life imprisonment in an institution for the criminally insane while Graham, severely traumatized by the experience, retires from the FBI.
Years later, another serial killer appears. Nicknamed the "Tooth Fairy," he stalks seemingly random Southern families during sequential full moons. Hoping to capture the killer before his next attack, Special Agent Jack Crawford (Harvey Keitel) goes to Graham's home in Florida to seek his assistance. The death of another family weighing on his conscience, Graham reluctantly agrees. After visiting the crime scenes and speaking with Crawford, he concludes that he must once again consult Dr. Lecter for help.
The "Tooth Fairy" is actually a disturbed man named Francis Dolarhyde (Fiennes) who kills at the behest of an alternate personality he calls "The Great Red Dragon." He is obsessed with a William Blake painting, The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun.
Freddy Lounds (Hoffman), a tabloid reporter for The Taddler who hounded Graham after Lecter's capture, now follows him for leads on the Tooth Fairy story. There is a secret correspondence between Lecter and Dolarhyde. Graham's wife (Parker) and child (Tyler Patrick Jones) are endangered when Lecter gives the Tooth Fairy the agent's home address. Lecter is aware that the feds are onto him. He raises the stakes: in return for his help in capturing the Tooth Fairy, he requests a first-class meal in his cell and having his book privileges returned.
Hoping to lure the Tooth Fairy into a trap, Graham gives an interview to Lounds in which he disparages the killer as impotent and pathetic. This provokes Dolarhyde, who kidnaps Lounds, glues him to a wheelchair, then forces him to recant his allegations before biting out his tongue and setting him on fire.
At his job in a St. Louis photo lab, Dolarhyde falls in love with a blind co-worker named Reba McClane (Watson), but his Dragon personality demands that he kill her. He takes her home, where they make love. Dolarhyde attempts to stop the Dragon's "possession" of him by going to the Brooklyn Museum and consuming the original Blake watercolor painting of "The Red Dragon."
Graham deduces that the killer knew the layout of his victims' houses from their home videos, which he could only have seen if he worked for the editing company that transfers home movies to
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