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Citizen X (1995)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  25 February 1995 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky
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Gorbunov
Radu Amzulescu ...
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Mrs. Burakova
András Bálint ...
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Géza Balkay ...
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Zsolt Biro ...
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Ion Caramitru ...
Tatevsky
Balázs Csapo ...
Gayy Partner
Imre Csuja ...
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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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A subtle and clever device to mark time is employed by a succession of wall photographs depicting current premiers from Brezhnev to Gorbachev. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, Burakov, a forensic scientist, is peering through a microscope. The mirror for reflecting light is under his chest, blocking the light. The microscope is always used with the mirror away from the body, so light reflected from the mirror can illuminate the specimen from underneath. See more »

Quotes

Fetisov: Goddamn it! What is happening to me? My heart is pounding, my collar feels tight; what the hell is this?
Burakov: Passion.
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Referenced in Playboy: The Best of Pamela Anderson (1995) See more »

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A serious docudrama from HBO
21 October 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Citizen X" tells the story of "The Butcher of Rostov", nickname for a heinous and perverse Russian serial killer who claimed 52 lives from 1978-92. The film focuses on the novice detective (Rea) who doggedly pursued the killer against all odds in the face of an uncooperative bureaucracy in self-serving and convenient denial. An HBO product for t.v., the film offers a solid cast, good performances, spares the audience much of the grisly details, but plays out like a docudrama sans the stylistics of similar Hollywood fare. An even and straight-forward dramatization of a serious and comparatively little known story more interesting than "Jack the Ripper". (B)


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