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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Robert Cullen (book)
Chris Gerolmo (teleplay)
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Release Date:
25 February 1995 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
You don't want to know what he does... You just want to know when he's caught. See more »
Plot:
Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer who, over many years, claimed over 50 victims, mostly under the age of 17... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 11 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(26 articles)
The top 25 underappreciated films of 1995
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Interesting with a strong character driving from the front See more (105 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stephen Rea ... Lt. Viktor Burakov

Donald Sutherland ... Col. Mikhail Fetisov

Max von Sydow ... Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Andrei Chikatilo

Joss Ackland ... Bondarchuk

John Wood ... Gorbunov
Radu Amzulescu ... Federenko

Imelda Staunton ... Mrs. Burakova
András Bálint ... Ignatiev
Géza Balkay ... Procurator
László Váradi Balogh ... Peasant
Zsolt Biro ... Older Gay Man
Ion Caramitru ... Tatevsky
Balázs Csapo ... Gayy Partner
Imre Csuja ... Front Detective
Zoltán Dózsa ... Execution Guard
Jozsa Elek ... Burakov's Daughter
Marton Elek ... Burakov's Son
Murray Ewan ... Office Manager
Klára Falvay ... Peasant
Erika Fenyes ... Vague Looking Girl
Zoltan Galbacs ... Train Track Boy
Balázs Galkó ... Station Drunk
Zoltán Gera ... Doctor
Jono Gero ... Plainclothesman
Chris Gerolmo ... Militiaman
Simon Gévai ... Hanging Boy
Czeslaw Grocholski ... Ivanov
István Hunyadkürthy ... Drunk Father
Attila Király ... Wall Eyed Boy
Károly Korognai ... Desk Cop (as Karoly Korognai)
Kati Kóti ... Peasant Mother
Ferenc Lengyel ... Young Announcer
Katalin Lestyan ... Peasant
György Miklósy ... Constable
Ralph Nossek ... Dunenkov
Anna Orosz ... Announcer
Wojciech Piekarski ... Strutty Man
Tamás Puskás ... Young Attendant
Mari Rajna ... Slow Woman
Tusse Silberg ... Mrs. Chikatilo
Eva Toth Siman ... Drunken Woman
Laszlo Stier ... Man in Robe

Mihály Szabados ... Kid Militiaman
Petra Szabo ... Beautiful Blonde Girl
Miklós Székely B. ... Older Partner
Tibor Szervét ... Detective
Balázs Tardy ... Eating Soldier #1
Sándor Téri ... Gypsy
Dénes Ujlaky ... Farmer
Katalin Várnagy ... Wizened Peasant Woman
Zoltán Vekony ... Eating Soldier #2
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Directed by
Chris Gerolmo 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert Cullen (book "The Killer Department")

Chris Gerolmo (teleplay)

Produced by
Laura Bickford .... executive producer
Matthew Chapman .... executive producer
David R. Ginsburg .... executive producer
Timothy Marx .... producer
Robert Stone .... co-producer
Webster Stone .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Randy Edelman 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Fraisse 
 
Film Editing by
William Goldenberg 
 
Casting by
Joyce Nettles 
 
Production Design by
József Romvári 
 
Art Direction by
Lóránt Jávor 
 
Costume Design by
Maria Hruby 
 
Makeup Department
Karoly Balazs .... makeup artist
Edit Basilides .... makeup artist
Erzsébet Rácz .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
József Cirkó .... production manager
Adrianna A.J. Cohen .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrea Albert .... third assistant director
Éva Bognár .... second assistant director
Michelangelo Csaba Bolla .... first assistant director
Jono Gero .... second second assistant director
Gyorgy Herczeg .... third assistant director
Csilla Szigeti .... key assistant director
 
Art Department
József Kiss .... construction assistant
Mihály Marton .... props
Mihály Marton .... standy props
Lajos E. Szabó .... stand-by painter
 
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Brendan Donnison .... adr supervisor: London
William Dotson .... supervising sound editor
William Freesh .... sound re-recording mixer
Jason King .... dialogue editor
Mike Moser .... sound effects editor
George Nemzer .... sound editor
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
Cathie Speakman .... supervising sound editor
Pál Szûrös .... boom operator
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson .... foley mixer
 
Special Effects by
Furedi Csaba .... special effects technician
Ferenc Deák .... special effects technician
Katalin Jakots .... special effects makeup
Greg Nicotero .... special effects makeup (as Gregory Nicotero)
László Pintér .... pyrotechnician
Evan Campbell .... sculptor: children's corpses (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Csaba Bankhardt .... grip
Egon Endrényi .... still photographer
Tamas Nyerges .... Steadicam operator
Péter Sidló .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Éva Bognár .... casting: Budapest
László Sipos .... Hungarian Casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
János Papp .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Richard Byard .... first assistant editor
Lisa Mozden .... assistant editor
Mark V. Phillips .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Elton Ahi .... score mixer
Elton Ahi .... score recordist
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator
Laura Perlman .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Csaba Annus .... driver
 
Other crew
Hans Berggren .... production accountant
Andrew Jack .... dialogue coach
Peter Seres .... location manager
John V. Stuckmeyer .... production executive
Béla Vaszary .... medical coordinator
Brenda K. Wachel .... script supervisor
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong, graphic violence and related language
Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Color (DeLuxe) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (video premiere) (cut) | USA:R
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Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 be a psychiatrist in this country (the Soviet Union) is to be an expert on paranoia, whether you meant to be or not.See more »
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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Interesting with a strong character driving from the front, 28 May 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In Russian the bodies of children begin to get uncovered to reveal what appears to be a Russian serial killer. Due to the nature of the case it is given to a young forensics expert who will be blamed should the case fail. Over 8 years Burakov hunts the killer using methods that are seen as unusual at best and fighting with the internal politics that surround him. This is based on a true story.

HBO TV movies are often a mixed bunch – but I had heard good things about this. The story is immediately engaging as young faces are uncovered beneath shallow soil graves to horrible effect. The fact that it at heart, a true story makes it all the more compelling. The story mixes not only the hunt for this man but also the effect on the perserving Burakov. We see his desperation and the pressure he is under to catch the killer, in particular the political forces who do little to help him in his job. The focus on Burakov makes it more interesting as the human side is well done.

The facts of the case make the man hunt less interesting – however the political action is interesting. For example members of the communist party were not looked at and homosexuals in particular were targeted – often as a fall back method. It's one of the best repeated shots in the film where Burakov has to several time accompay a group of men to kick in doors and arrest homosexuals – he simply stays outside with a resigned look on his face.

Rea is excellent as Burakov and brings the man to life – I'm not sure how true to fact his portrayal is, but you get the impression of a man pushed to his limits by all around him. Sutherland is also very good for different reasons – he has the same passion but it is beneath a smooth political operator. Ackland is good but is really only there to make noise. Von Sydow is good despite his short screen time.

Overall this uses human interest to drive the film, rather than gore or violence. This is well made and manages to be interesting and involving despite not being flashy.

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