Manhunter

I went out to see “The Cotton Club” again, and I enjoyed seeing Diane Lane singing “Am I Blue.” I returned home to watch “Manhunter,” the Michael Mann movie from 1986. William Petersen had appeared in “To Live and Die in L.A.” and Kim Griest had appeared in “Brazil” in 1985. They played two of the biggest roles in this movie, and they seemed like rising stars at the time, but now I wonder what happened to them. In this film, the character Hannibal Lecter spells his name Hannibal Lecktor, and he wasn’t as colorful or memorable as Anthony Hopkins. A writer for a tabloid meets a fate that Donald Trump could have ordered for him. One unexpected person in the cast was Chris Eliot, who made a comment about blood at a meeting table. If you see this movie again, it seems that the case should have been solved sooner than it was, if only the investigators had fed more information into the computer or if someone had been more observant. The suspect in the case was reminiscent of Peter Boyle in “Young Frankenstein.” Joan Allen portrays a blind woman, and she has an interesting scene with a tiger. I wondered what happened to the Mars candy bar wrapper and if it meant anything. I almost laughed when Graham talked about getting into the mindset by visiting Lecktor. Petersen seemed to be like Christian Bale when it came to taking himself too seriously. I would say that the major reason that people didn’t go out to see this movie was the lack of a star like Harrison Ford or Paul Newman. The story had many fascinating moments, although it could have gone at a faster pace, especially for today’s audiences. With the popularity of “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Heat,” and CSI television shows, more people have come around to discover this film over the years. Michael Mann has made stronger films, and this one feels like a relic after 33 years, but it is still a pretty good movie. I was surprised to see a supermarket scene with all of the product labels perfectly visible. Graham bought some Folger’s coffee, which was a sign to me that this was still the 1980s. I listened to a few innings of the baseball game, and it seemed that the Cardinals were being overwhelmed in this series. At about 10:40, we felt a rather strong earthquake. Some of the people who died on October 15 include Cole Porter (1964), Frank DeKova (1981), Delphine Seyrig (1990), and Jack Narz (2008). Today is a birthday for Tanya Roberts (64), Tito Jackson (66), Penny Marshall (76), and Linda Lavin (82). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for October 15, “I Love Lucy” debuted on CBS in 1951. In 1966, the last Otis Redding album, “Complete & Unbelievable: The Redding Dictionary of Soul,” was released. Also in 1966, the Four Tops’ “Reach Out I’ll Be There” was Number One on the singles chart. In 1967, “Bonnie and Clyde” was Number One at the box office. In 1977, Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life” was the Number One single. In 1985, a black and white episode of “Moonlighting” with an introduction by Orson Welles aired on ABC five days after his death.

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