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* TheCameo: Music/LaloSchifrin appears in the movie as a composer.

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* RousseauWasRight: in the original novel, Graham is constantly surrounded, sometimes without him even knowing it, by people who are willing to do their best to help him, in whatever limited way they can, simply because it's the right thing to do. The story's setting contains gross depravity and monstrosity, but is also driven by a multitude of small kindnesses.

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* ThirteenIsUnlucky: The Red Dragon has thirteen total victims.


* OneSteveLimit: Will Graham's stepson in the books is named Willy. This is coincidence, as the child was born to Molly and her first husband (a baseball player who died of cancer due to excessive tobacco chewing). The movie renames the kid "Josh" to keep things simple.
* {{Paparazzi}}: Freddy Lounds in ''Red Dragon'', played by Stephen Lang and/or Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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* OneSteveLimit: Will Graham's stepson in the books is named Willy. This is coincidence, as the child was born to Molly and her first husband (a baseball player who died of cancer due to excessive tobacco chewing). The movie renames movies rename the kid "Kevin" (''Manhunter'') and "Josh" (''Red Dragon'') to keep things simple.
* {{Paparazzi}}: Freddy Lounds in ''Red Dragon'', Lounds, played by Stephen Lang and/or Philip Seymour Hoffman.



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Hannibal's status. In the book his appearance is limited to twelve pages and a few letters he writes. Despite this his presence affects the entire story. At the beginning of the story Graham is haunted by his previous encounter with Lecter. Graham's visit to Lecter leads to Graham's involvement with the investigation being exposed to the public and thus to Dolarhyde. The only thing Lecter actually ''does'' is give Dolarhyde Graham's address, which at first appears to be for nothing but at the end comes back in a big way. [[spoiler:Lecter was able to achieve a final victory over his nemesis from behind bars with nothing more than a phone call and a letter. Whether he really succeeds is debatable, though.]]

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Hannibal's status. In the book his appearance is limited to twelve pages and a few letters he writes. Despite this his presence affects the entire story. At the beginning of the story Graham is haunted by his previous encounter with Lecter. Graham's visit to Lecter leads to Graham's involvement with the investigation being exposed to the public and thus to Dolarhyde. The only thing Lecter actually ''does'' is give Dolarhyde Graham's address, which at first appears to be for nothing but at the end comes back in a big way. [[spoiler:Lecter was able to achieve a final victory over his nemesis from behind bars with nothing more than a phone call and a letter. Whether he really succeeds is debatable, though.depending on if his goal was to kill Graham or not.]]



* SpotlightStealingSquad: In the original book of Red Dragon, Hannibal Lecter is a OneSceneWonder who appears for about seven pages. Good pages, but still. The VHS/DVD release for the first film now advertises it as "the beginning of Hannibal Lecter's legacy" and the poster for the second film is mostly [[FloatingHeadSyndrome a giant picture of his head]].

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* SpotlightStealingSquad: In the original book of Red Dragon, Hannibal Lecter is a OneSceneWonder who only actually appears for about seven a few pages. Good pages, but still. The VHS/DVD release for the first film now advertises it as "the beginning of Hannibal Lecter's legacy" and the poster for the second film is mostly [[FloatingHeadSyndrome a giant picture of his head]].



* VillainOfAnotherStory: Hannibal Lecter, a captured cannibal serial killer who, in both stories, is consulted on how to catch another cannibal serial killer. However, it also subverts this since Lector does become an active threat to Graham late in the book and film by [[spoiler: giving Dolarhyde his home address and corresponding with him in secret.]]

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* VillainOfAnotherStory: Hannibal Lecter, a captured cannibal serial killer who, in both stories, is consulted on how to catch another cannibal serial killer. However, it also subverts this since Lector Lecter does become an active threat to Graham late in the book and film by [[spoiler: giving Dolarhyde his home address and corresponding with him in secret.]]

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** The ending of ''Manhunter'' is also lighter, being changed completely from the book's ending to one where Graham gets to fight and kill Dolarhyde before he ever gets the chance to invade his home and attack his family. As a result, his psychological troubles are now set at ease so that he can go back to retiring in peace.


** In the 2002 movie's ending, this actually gets expanded on. When Graham finds Dolarhyde holding his stepson Josh hostage, his only play is [[BullyingADragon Bullying The Dragon]]. So he taps into Dolarhyde's FreudianThreat by speaking to Josh the same way Francis's grandmother spoke to him. ''Dolarhyde begins to empathize with his own hostage'', yelling at Graham to leave him alone, and eventually throwing Josh to the side in his eagerness to strike at the BigBad Graham has positioned himself as.



* TheFilmOfTheBook: Both ''Manhunter and ''Red Dragon''.

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: Both ''Manhunter ''Manhunter'' and ''Red Dragon''.



* FreudianExcuse: Dolarhyde; as Will Graham notes, "As a child, my heart goes out to him. As an adult, he's irredeemable." Dolarhyde's grandmother was rather an abusive parent who subjected him to severe physical and emotional abuse.
** His adoptive family prior to his grandmother was just as cruel and abusive.

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* FreudianExcuse: Dolarhyde; as Will Graham notes, "As a child, my heart goes out to him. As an adult, he's irredeemable." Dolarhyde's grandmother was rather an abusive parent who subjected him to severe physical and emotional abuse.
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abuse. And his adoptive family prior to his grandmother was just as cruel and abusive.



* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate

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* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorateMorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Lecter, of course.



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Hannibal's status in''Red Dragon''. In the book his appearance is limited to twelve pages and a few letters he writes. Despite this his presence affects the entire story. At the beginning of the story Graham is haunted by his previous encounter with Lecter. Graham's visit to Lecter leads to Graham's involvement with the investigation being exposed to the public and thus to Dolarhyde. The only thing Lecter actually ''does'' is give Dolarhyde Graham's address, which at first appears to be for nothing but at the end comes back in a big way. [[spoiler:Lecter was able to achieve a final victory over his nemesis from behind bars with nothing more than a phone call and a letter. Whether he really succeeds is debatable, though.]]

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Hannibal's status in''Red Dragon''.status. In the book his appearance is limited to twelve pages and a few letters he writes. Despite this his presence affects the entire story. At the beginning of the story Graham is haunted by his previous encounter with Lecter. Graham's visit to Lecter leads to Graham's involvement with the investigation being exposed to the public and thus to Dolarhyde. The only thing Lecter actually ''does'' is give Dolarhyde Graham's address, which at first appears to be for nothing but at the end comes back in a big way. [[spoiler:Lecter was able to achieve a final victory over his nemesis from behind bars with nothing more than a phone call and a letter. Whether he really succeeds is debatable, though.]]



* TheRemake: At least one trailer was completely {{Anvilicious}} about it, sporting this dialogue:
--> I admit I'm not smarter than you.
--> Then how did you catch me?
--> You had disadvantages.
--> What disadvantages?
--> You're insane.


** Will's approach to Lecter's cell is virtually identical to Clarice's.

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** Will's approach to Lecter's cell is virtually identical to Clarice's.Clarice's, except that Lecter is lying down.



** Then he kind of ruins the oddly touching moment by saying "I think I'll eat your heart." Or perhaps adds to it in a strange way if you consider that Hannibal might be eating his heart because he has great regard for Will's courage and strength. Luckily for him, Will survives the encounter and gets Hannibal arrested.

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** Then he kind of ruins the oddly touching moment by saying "I think I'll eat your heart." Or perhaps adds to it in a strange way if you consider that Hannibal might be eating his heart because he has great regard for Will's courage and strength.strength, not to mention the twisted romantic implications of him choosing the heart to eat. Luckily for him, Will survives the encounter and gets Hannibal arrested.


* AdaptationDistillation: Both film adaptations cut corners in order to have a more clear focus. ''Manhunter'' only briefly references the painting and psychology of the killer while ignoring Lecter's cannibalism in favor of focusing on the actual hunt for the killer (hence the title) and its effect on Graham, while the 2002 film has a greater focus on the Lecter/Graham relationship and the mental state of the titular Red Dragon, Francis Dolarhyde.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Both film adaptations cut corners in order to have a more clear focus. ''Manhunter'' only briefly references the painting and psychology of the killer while ignoring Lecter's cannibalism in favor of focusing on the actual hunt for the killer (hence the title) and its effect on Graham, Graham (hence the title), while the 2002 film has a greater focus on the Lecter/Graham relationship and the mental state of the titular Red Dragon, Francis Dolarhyde.


* AdaptationDistillation: Both film adaptations cut corners in order to have a more clear focus. ''Manhunter'' only briefly references the painting and ignores Lecter's cannibalism in favor of focusing on the actual hunt for the killer (hence the title) and its effect on Graham, while the 2002 film has a greater focus on the Lecter/Graham relationship and the mental state of the titular Red Dragon, Francis Dolarhyde.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Both film adaptations cut corners in order to have a more clear focus. ''Manhunter'' only briefly references the painting and ignores psychology of the killer while ignoring Lecter's cannibalism in favor of focusing on the actual hunt for the killer (hence the title) and its effect on Graham, while the 2002 film has a greater focus on the Lecter/Graham relationship and the mental state of the titular Red Dragon, Francis Dolarhyde.


* AdaptationDistillation: Both film adaptations. ''Manhunter'' only briefly references the painting and ignores Lecter's cannibalism, while the 2002 film has a greater focus on the Lecter/Graham relationship.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Both film adaptations. adaptations cut corners in order to have a more clear focus. ''Manhunter'' only briefly references the painting and ignores Lecter's cannibalism, cannibalism in favor of focusing on the actual hunt for the killer (hence the title) and its effect on Graham, while the 2002 film has a greater focus on the Lecter/Graham relationship.relationship and the mental state of the titular Red Dragon, Francis Dolarhyde.


* LighterAndSofter: the 2002 film has a nicer ending. The ending of the book implies that implies that Molly is going to leave Graham, who is laid up in the hospital largely unable to move and with a face that has been cut to shreds; we later hear from Starling's narration that he's become an alcoholic. In the film, Graham still has his family, not to mention [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished Edward Norton's face]].

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* LighterAndSofter: the The 2002 film has a nicer ending. The ending of the book implies that implies that Molly is going to leave Graham, who is laid up in the hospital hospital, largely unable to move and with a face that has been cut to shreds; we shreds. We later hear from Starling's narration that he's become an alcoholic. In the film, Graham still has his family, not to mention [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished Edward Norton's face]].


* AffablyEvil

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* AffablyEvilAffablyEvil: Hannibal Lecter


The book received a sequel in form of ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' in 1988.

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The book received a sequel in the form of ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' in 1988.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the book, Graham says that Lecter: ''"... had the first and worst sign [of sociopathy] - sadism to animals as a child."'' This runs contrary to his WickedCultured and AffablyEvil characterization in the subsequent books, and feels rather beneath the Hannibal Lecter we eventually get to know. When Literature/HannibalRising was released and allowed readers to witness Hannibal's childhood and StartOfDarkness, such uncouth behavior was noticeably absent.

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