Citizen X (1995)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky
Radu Amzulescu ...
Mrs. Burakov
András Bálint ...
Géza Balkay ...
László Váradi Balogh ...
Zsolt Biro ...
Older Gay Man
Ion Caramitru ...
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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Release Date:

25 February 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ciudadano X  »

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1.33 : 1
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A film that surpasses all expectations.
30 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a truly remarkable piece of cinematic achievement. From the very start I was utterly hooked into the (true) story when Lt. Viktor Burakov (Stephan Rea) weeps while performing the autopsies on the remains of the children's bodies. This then is the compelling story of Andrei Chikatilo, wonderfully played by Jeffrey DeMunn (The Green Mile). In fact, he plays it so well and so sympathetically that the viewer almost starts to pity him, until we remember what he is. The psychiatrist Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky, wonderfully played by Max Von Sydow was utterly believable in every detail, and the point he makes when talking about paranoia in the Soviet Union, is made all too apparent by the behaviour of the local Communist Commissar Bondarchuk played by Joss Ackland. For me though, the outstanding performance was from Donald Sutherland, proving once again what a superb character actor he really is. I was almost in tears when he told Burakov how the FBI had so closely followed and admired his work. This film puts Silence of the Lambs into the shade, from the atmospheric and bleak Soviet landscape, to the superlative performances by everyone involved.

I rate this film 10/10

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