Manhunter is a 1986 thriller directed by Michael Mann and was the first feature film adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon. The film marked the first appearance of the Hannibal Lecter character (named Hannibal Lecktor here and portrayed by Brian Cox). The book was later adapted again in 2002 for the film Red Dragon with Anthony Hopkins reprising his Silence of the Lambs version of Lecter.
The following weapons were used in the film Manhunter:
Charter Arms Bulldog
As in the book, FBI Special Agent Will Graham (William Petersen) carries a Charter Arms .44 Special Bulldog when he is used as bait to capture the "Tooth Fairy". He's given Glaser Safety Slugs for the Bulldog for a "guaranteed one-shot stop". He pulls the Bulldog during the sting operation as well in the final confrontation with Francis Dollarhyde (Tom Noonan). In the book, it is described as having a Mag-Na-Ported barrel, bobbed hammer, and a "good set of fat grips".
An officer who attempts to apprehend Dollarhyde at his home pulls a Colt Python revolver.
Smith & Wesson 469
Smith & Wesson Model 19
Several officers are armed with the Smith & Wesson Model 19.
Used by Francis Dollarhyde (Tom Noonan) to kill Ralph Dandridge (Ralph Mandy in original novel, played by Bill Cwikowski). The pistol is covered by something in most of the shots in which it appears, so it's very difficult to say if it is even a real firearm that is used in this scene - it could simply be an unknown special effects device. However, sound effects and the fact Reba McClane (Joan Allen) does not react to shots fired directly outside her door, as well as information taken from the novel, indicate it is some kind of suppressed pistol.
A customized pistol-gripped Remington 870 is used by serial killer Francis Dollarhyde (Tom Noonan) at the end of the film to kill 2 cops, wound Jack Crawford (Dennis Farina) and attempt to kill Graham (William Petersen) before being slain. The 870 used in the film was the personal shotgun of the film's weapons expert Jim Zubiena. It was Teflon-coated with an extended mag tube, muzzle brake, and a Pachmayr pistol grip. Standard and pistol-gripped Remington 870 'Police Magnum' shotguns are also very briefly seen wielded by tactical officers during Graham's sting operation.
Smith & Wesson 3000 Shotgun
A Smith & Wesson 3000 Shotgun is seen in the hands of an Florida Highway Patrol officer.
Rifles / Carbines
Tactical officers are armed with Colt Commando rifles during the Graham sting operation. Officers are also seen with them at Dollarhyde's home.
A SWAT sniper is seen armed with what appears to be a Remington 700PSS rifle while providing cover for Graham's undercover operation. This rifle appears to be fitted with a night vision scope.
A tactical officer is armed with an IMI Uzi.
The Hannibal Lecter Franchise
|Brian Cox||Manhunter (1986)|
|Anthony Hopkins||The Silence of the Lambs (1991) • Hannibal (2001) • Red Dragon (2002)|
|Gaspard Ulliel||Hannibal Rising (2007)|
|Mads Mikkelsen||Hannibal (2013-2015)|