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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 subtle and clever device to mark time is employed by a succession of wall photographs depicting current premiers from Brezhnev to Gorbachev. See more »


Burakov has the microscope facing the wrong way while looking through it in the lab when arguing to Fetisov when he declares that "Bondarchuk is a stupid man". See more »


Fetisov: Blood test came back negative.
Burakov: What?
Fetisov: Semen samples are type AB. Chikatilo is type A.
Burakov: [sighs] I don't believe it.
Fetisov: It's true.
Burakov: What are you talking about "it's true"? What does that mean? Our blood test is for eleven variables. The FBI's is for one hundred and forty nine!
Fetisov: [grinning] How do you know that?
Burakov: [exasperated] I saw it in a movie! What the hell difference does it make what the blood test says, you don't know what you're talking about!
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Featured in The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

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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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