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.
8 years. 52 victims. 1 killer.
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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
When the last murder victim is discovered in the woods at night during a rain storm. The 3 Russian soldiers standing in the foreground are carrying Hungarian AMD-65 rifles. At the time of Chikatilo's last murder in 1990, Soviet troops would have been armed with AK-74 rifles. This film was shot on location in Hungary. See more
It is embarrassing to see grown men run from their responsibilities. It is like seeing your parents drunk for the first time. They are afraid. To be a psychiatrist in this country is to be an expert on paranoia... whether you meant to be or not.
Why aren't you afraid?
I'm sorry, do I look like a man of courage to you? I've always been interested in abnormal psychology, which is a dangerous thing in the Soviet state.
The 1995 UK video release was cut by 37 secs by the BBFC to reduce stabbings during the murder scenes. See more
References Citizen Kane