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Red Dragon

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Red Dragon
theatrical poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Brett Ratner
Release Date 2002
Language English; French
Studio Dino De Laurentiis Company
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Dr. Hannibal Lecter Anthony Hopkins
Will Graham Edward Norton
Francis Dolarhyde Ralph Fiennes
Jack Crawford Harvey Keitel
Reba McClane Emily Watson
Molly Graham Mary-Louise Parker
Freddy Lounds Philip Seymour Hoffman
Dr. Frederick Chilton Anthony Heald
Lloyd Bowman Ken Leung
Barney Matthews Frankie Faison

Red Dragon is the 2002 feature film prequel to 1991's The Silence of the Lambs. Directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), the film stars Edward Norton as former FBI Special Agent Will Graham and Anthony Hopkins, reprising his Academy-Award winning role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Red Dragon is the second feature film adaptation of the Thomas Harris book of the same name - which was actually the first to feature Lecter, as Michael Mann had previously adapted the material into the 1986 film Manhunter.

Like its predecessor, The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon features exceptional gun handling and accurate weapon choices. All of the FBI weapons in the film are correct to what the FBI was issuing at the time this film takes place.

The following weapons were used in the film Red Dragon:



Smith & Wesson 459

The Smith & Wesson 459 is the sidearm of FBI Special Agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) at the beginning of the film. He is seen drawing it from a shoulder holster as Lecter stabs him. He does not fire the gun for the rest of the film but is seen carrying the S&W in his holster for the rest of the film. Graham is also shown checking the load on the pistol when he is on his way to Dolarhyde's house. The FBI purchased 803 S&W 459's and issued it to agents in the early eighties. The second generation 459 was manufactured from 1979-1987. Since the film begins in 1980, Graham's 459 would be consistent. Additionally the F.B.I. authorized agents to carry privately purchased handguns from a list of pre-approved handguns. The agents would have to have the handgun checked out by an Bureau armorer and any repairs or modifications would have to be done by one of the armorers. It isn't implausible that Graham's Model 459 is his property.

Smith & Wesson 459 - 9x19mm
Graham draws his S&W before being stabbed by Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins).
Lecter struggles with Graham and his S&W 459. Note the adjustable rear sight.

Smith & Wesson Model 49 Bodyguard

Graham (Edward Norton) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 49 as his backup gun in an ankle holster. He draws it when Lecter continues to come after him. The Model 49 Bodyguard was authorized by the FBI for carry in 1972. (See American Rifleman September 2011; Draw & Fire: A History of FBI Handguns by Bill Vanderpool.)

Smith and Wesson Model 49 'Bodyguard' - .38 Special
Graham draws his backup weapon.

Colt Detective Special

A post-1972 (3rd Generation) Colt Detective Special is used by Will Graham (Edward Norton) at the end of the movie when he engages in a shootout with Francis Dolarhyde aka The Tooth Fairy (Ralph Fiennes) after he invades the Graham home. Graham's wife Molly (Mary-Louise Parker) also is seen taking target practice with it.

Colt Detective Special - .38 Special
Will Graham with his 3rd Gen Colt DS.
Molly Graham (Mary-Louise Parker) is seen taking target practice with the revolver.

Walther PPK

Another weapon Graham keeps in his home is a blued Walther PPK. He grabs it along with the Colt as he locks himself and his son in his bedroom. Molly is seen using it as well.

Walther PPK - 9mm Kurz aka 9x17mm (.380 ACP)
Molly grabs the PPK.

Glock 17

The primary weapon used by Francis Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes) is a Glock 17, which is sometimes equipped with a suppressor. After the opening scene, which takes place in 1980, the rest of the movie takes place in 1986. Glocks were first imported into the United States in 1986, so while it wouldn't be very likely that Dolarhyde would have owned one, it would have at least been possible. The real mystery would be how exactly Dolarhyde located a threaded barrel for the brand-new Glock in 1986, as drop-in barrels did not exist yet. It is possible that Dolarhyde purchased a longer barrel for a Glock 17L and then had a gunsmith cut it down and thread it for a suppressor, but it's more likely that the filmmakers didn't intend for anyone to think about it this much.

2nd Generation Glock 17 - 9x19mm.
Will Graham (Edward Norton) imagines Francis Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes) firing his suppressed Glock 17 during a murder. This is the only time in the movie that the Glock is ever seen up-close. Note the period-correct lack of an accessory rail in front of the trigger guard. Glocks did not get rails until the third generation in 1998, and this movie takes place in 1986.
Dolarhyde's Glock 17 is visible in the lower center of the picture in his safe. Note that it appears to have a checkered backstrap, which indicates that it is a 2nd Generation Glock. This is anachronistic. Gen 2 Glocks did not hit the market until 1988, and this movie takes place in 1986. The armorers for the film probably did not have any of the period-correct Gen 1 Glocks (which are extremely rare) and they had to substitute a similar Gen 2 model.
Dolarhyde fires his suppressed Glock. He does a good job at not flinching.
Dolarhyde with his Glock. No one seems to have heard the shot.
In the climax of the film, Dolarhyde opens fire on Will Graham with his Glock, which does not have a suppressor fitted.


Ted Williams Model 21 Deluxe (sawed off)

A cut-down Ted Williams Model 21 is used by the Tooth Fairy (Ralph Fiennes) when he is contemplating suicide, and later, when the FBI arrive at his house. The same gun or one very close to it was used in The Punisher (2004). He mentions that it is "a 12 Gauge Magnum Shotgun," which would suggest that the shotgun in the film is rated for 12 Gauge magnum shells. However, this is unlikely given that it is an older and cheaper brand.

Ted Williams Model 21 cut down to a Short Shotgun - 12 gauge. Note the forearm engraving, the J.C. Higgins Model 21 is usually a plainer design.
Dolarhyde contemplates killing Reba McClane (Emily Watson) with his Model 21.
Dolarhyde points his shotgun at Reba.
Dolarhyde holds the shotgun on Reba McClane (Emily Watson). Reba is blind and it takes her a moment to realize what he is doing.
Dolarhyde throws a match as he holds his shotgun.

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