Red Dragon

Corrected entry: In the Silence of the Lambs, Benjamin Raspaile had a full head of hair. In Red Dragon, he's shown as a bald man (the flautist in the beginning). Something doesn't add up there.

Correction: He was a transvestite - the hair is a wig.

Corrected entry: In the scene near the beginning of the film when Hannibal attacks Will, Will first holds a pistol, you can see the shell ejection port, but when he shoots Hannibal, he is using a revolver.

Correction: He originally pulled his semi-auto pistol but lost it while being stabbed. The revolver is his back-up that came from his ankle holster.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Graham takes off his shirt there are no visible signs of the stab wounds that Dr. Lecter inflicted.

Correction: It's on the left underneath his ribs.

Corrected entry: Emily Watson, who plays the blind Reba, is seen wearing a watch during most of her scenes.

Correction: Blind people do wear wrist watches, the glass cover lifts up so they can feel the dials to tell the time.

Corrected entry: When Edward Norton's character goes to see Hannibal for the first time, he says he has a flight back to Birmingham at 4:15. The first thing that Norton's character wants to do after seeing Hannibal is visit both crime scenes, which he does. However, when he returns, he visits the Atlanta crime scene first (The Leeds' house), then the one in Birmingham. Wouldn't it have been more time efficient the other way around?

Correction: He went to examine the more recent crime scene first, since the evidence was more fresh.

Corrected entry: In the final shoot-out, Graham's gun appears to be a revolver. When he tells his wife to shoot Dolarhyde, the gun she picks up from beside her husband appears to be a semi-automatic.

Correction: Will Graham has two pistols, a revolver and an automatic. When he gets his guns from the closet, you can see that he takes out two weapons.

Corrected entry: Why does Dolarhyde's house explode suddenly when it's on fire? It's not as if he keeps vats upon vats of chemicals or gases in there. It's just a cinematic effect to look cool. It should just keep burning steadily without exploding.

David Mercier

Correction: While the other correction isn't valid (something from the book can't explain away a movie mistake), it's entire possible that a gas line in the house went off in the blaze. That has happened in real life, and it can be pretty dramatic.


Correction: In the book, his safe is full of explosives. I can't recall if there was some visual reference to this in the movie.

Continuity mistake: When we first see Will Graham investigating the Jacobi household it is night time, yet once he is inside and heading up the stairs, the window behind him clearly shows daylight.

More mistakes in Red Dragon

Hannibal Lecter: So, you'll be wanting lots of these little chinwags, I take it.
Will Graham: I might not have time.
Hannibal Lecter: I do. I have oodles.

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Trivia: During the scene when Dolarhyde takes Reba to the zoo, the tiger she pets is not sedated. Because of the humane society they could not sedate the tiger. Instead the trainer is to the left just out of the shot keeping the tiger calm.

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Question: At the beginning of the film, Will Graham discovered that Hannibal Lecter was the murderer he had been searching for. How was he able to do this? All he did was open a book and the word 'Sweet Bread' appeared on a page. Could some explain this to me?

Answer: The victims had particular body parts removed. Will saw recipes in the book belonging to Lecter for those particular body parts and made a leap of intuition.


Answer: It is revealed through a conversation between Will and Hannibal that Will already suspected Hannibal but had failed to act on his intuition. This combined with the recipes Will sees, that correspond with the missing body parts, highlighted in Hannibal's cookbook and the penny drops.

Answer: When Lecter and Graham were talking at Lecter's desk, Will went into a story about how his son's grandpa was showing him how to carve a chicken. When he showed him a part on the back that he referred to as "oysters" it caught his attention because he hadn't heard that before. Now a few moments later he finds the cookbook which referred to other parts of animals that can be used to make what they called "sweetbread." From the previous conversation at the desk it was safe to say Will was already somewhat suspicious of Lecter because of his analysis.

Answer: "Sweetbreads" is an organ meat (like kidney or liver)...he wrote it in the book as he most likely cooked it.

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