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The Movie:

  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $15 million. Box Office, $8.6 million. This first adaptation of the novel Red Dragon was one of several busts for producer Dino De Laurentiis that ultimately ended his production company EG. De Laurentiis sold the sequel rights to Orion for a pittance, but when the result was The Silence of the Lambs, the famous film producer returned to the Hannibal Lecter franchise.
  • Cast the Expert:
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    • The scene where Reba touches a sedated tiger features a real sedated tiger. The veterinarian is played by a real veterinarian.
    • Former police officer Dannis Farina as FBI investigator Jack Crawford.
  • Completely Different Title: The translation of the film's French title is The Sixth Sense, which gets it regularly confused with the M. Night Shyamalan movie.
  • The Danza: William Petersen as Will Graham.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Tom Noonan began body-building to prepare for the role and felt that his size intimidated the crew when filming began, as the first scene to be shot was his character's interrogation and murder of another.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Since Tom Noonan remained segregated from the rest of the cast, the fright on Stephen Lang's face during The Reveal of Dolarhyde was genuine.
  • Life Imitates Art: William Petersen found the role of Will Graham mentally exhausting and had trouble shaking Graham's characterisation even when he went on to other roles (he had to radically change his own appearance in order to look in the mirror and see someone else, according to The Other Wiki). Very appropriate, given that he's playing a criminal profiler who was institutionalised because he couldn't shake the thoughts of the serial killers he hunted.
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  • Method Acting: Tom Noonan avoided all contact with cast members in order to heighten the isolation and tension between himself and other people, particularly William Petersen
  • Playing Against Type: Chris Elliott, of all people, in a straight role as one of the FBI techs.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The soundtrack and fashions in the film permanently mark it as a product of The '80s.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • Working Title: The film was originally going to be entitled Red Dragon, the same name as the novel. However, when Year Of The Dragon became a box office failure, Dino De Laurentiis decided to avoid a "dragon" title. He also did not want audiences to assume that this was a kung-fu movie.

The Video Game:

  • What Could Have Been:
    • Two more games were planned after San Francisco, though only one had a confirmed setting of London. Some sources indicate that the London game was going to be the finale, with a third set in Chicago, while others claim London was up next and one set on the Orbs' homeworld would be the end.
    • Advertisements for the games claimed the player would have to decide whether to remain a loyal servant of the Orbs or join the resistance. There are no opportunities for such decisions in the actual games.
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