They weren’t ready for it.
Largely unappreciated in its day, Michael Mann’s slick ‘n sleek take on Hannibal Lecter — here spelled Lecktor — is a moody almost-masterpiece.
Which did little at the box office, was ignored by critics, and sat out in the cold, unremembered, when The Silence of the Lambs swept the Oscars five years later.
While Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster were brilliant, a very-cold Brian Cox and a haunted William Petersen are memorable sparring partners.
Awash in vivid color and music, this automatically goes up a notch, if, like me, you were a huge Miami Vice fan.