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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You don't want to know what he does... You just want to know when he's caught. 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

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

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

Bondarchuk: I want to know, why are we arresting so many perfectly respectable doctors and party members?
Burakov: Because we were told to.
Bondarchuk: You were told to investigate them, not detain them!
Burakov: The party members who are doctors we detain for a very brief period of time. The party members who are sexual deviants, we intend to detain a little longer.
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28 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie tells an amazing story with history and compassion. From the careful descriptions of the crime scenes to the mental health of the lead investigator, you'll be entranced. It's an absolute must-see for anyone interested in criminology. Interpol relations and how the agencies work together are also great. Not overly done either. I recommend it for anyone interested in Russian history, too. How the police work with the political party being what it was... It is truly fascinating and frustrating. The settings are beautiful. It's been a while since I saw this movie the first time. It doesn't diminish it's impact. Not overly dramatic or graphic, it leaves enough to the imagination, well, you'll see.


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