During the 1980s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods.

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Cast

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Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky
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Gorbunov
Radu Amzulescu ...
Federenko
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Mrs. Burakov
András Bálint ...
Ignatiev
Géza Balkay ...
Procurator
László Váradi Balogh ...
Peasant
Zsolt Biro ...
Older Gay Man
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Tatevsky
Balázs Csapo ...
Gayy Partner
Imre Csuja ...
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Storyline

Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer who, over many years, claimed over 50 victims, mostly under the age of 17. In what was then a Communist state, the police investigations were hampered by bureaucracy, incompetence and those in power. The story is told from the viewpoint of the detective in charge of the case. Written by Rob Hartill

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8 years. 52 victims. 1 killer. See more »


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Rated R for strong, graphic violence and related language | See all certifications »

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25 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Ciudadano X  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Movie "Child 44" is based on the same events (albeit from a fictionalised account published in 2008). See more »

Goofs

Russian married people wear wedding ring on the right hand, not on the left one as it's showed in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Bukhanovsky: [to Burakov and Fetisov] Together you make a wonderful person.
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Referenced in Le collectionneur (2002) See more »

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Together with Silence of the Lambs, this is the best movie about a serial killer.
9 October 2004 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Citizen X tells the story of Andrei Chikatilo, The Ripper of Rostov, who killed 52 people in 8 years time, mainly women and children. It shows how the investigation was obstructed by Soviet bureaucracy, how hard it was to investigate the crimes. It does the job in such a brilliant way that it will leave no-one untouched. In the beginning it's perhaps a little bit slow of pace, but it really grabs you as the story unfolds. I can only say that, next to "The Silence of the Lambs", this is by far the best movie about a serial killer I've ever seen.

It is very hard to say which actor's performance stands out above the rest in this movie. Stephen Rea is really brilliant as the inexperienced forensic expert who is put in charge of the investigation. Donald Sutherland's performance as his cynical superior, and the only person in the Russian government willing to help him, is as outstanding as Rea's. And what to say about Jeffrey DuMann, playing the serial killer? DuMann brilliantly created a character who inspires empathy rather than hatred. Yes, he is a monster, but he is also a sad figure, oppressed and ridiculed by his wife, his boss, his co-workers... He is tortured, ashamed, as well as extremely vicious.

I can only recommend this movie to everybody who's interested in a well-made docu-drama, where the actors are still more important than the special effects. It deserves at least a 9/10, perhaps even more if you ask me.


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