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Citizen X (1995)

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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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Chris Gerolmo

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Robert Cullen (book), Chris Gerolmo (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Radu Amzulescu ... Federenko
Imelda Staunton ... Mrs. Burakov
András Bálint András Bálint ... Ignatiev
Géza Balkay Géza Balkay ... Procurator
László Váradi Balogh László Váradi Balogh ... Peasant
Zsolt Biro Zsolt Biro ... Older Gay Man
Ion Caramitru ... Tatevsky
Balázs Csapo Balázs Csapo ... Gayy Partner
Imre Csuja Imre Csuja ... Front Detective
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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong, graphic violence and related language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Citizen X See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A TV movie for the HBO network. 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

Burakov: [addressing Bukhanovsky, about Fetisov] He'd say something witty but he's overcome with emotion right now.
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Alternate Versions

The 1995 UK video release was cut by 37 secs by the BBFC to reduce stabbings during the murder scenes. See more »

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Tense and Taut thriller
9 September 2004 | by mihirapteSee all my reviews

Citizen X is one of those films where you don't just wait to see who the killer finally was the enjoy the rolling end credits. This movie is a very taut and tense affair. It has minimal dialogue, less locations and that's what makes it almost theatrical. The story is about the serial killer manhunt in Communist Russia in the 1980s. Stephen Rea, his is a master subdued performance, is the main intelligence incharge, who is helped in his search by a Colonel, played by Donald Sutherland. The movie takes its time to unfold the sequences. there is no rush of fast editing, loud action sequences or shouting dialogue. It's an underplay all the away, and the performances, and setting encourages that. An unforgettable Docu-drama, i would recommend CITIZEN X to everyone who like drama movies.


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