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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

Writers:

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bukhanovsky: 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.
Burakov: Why aren't you afraid?
Bukhanovsky: 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.
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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 »

Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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A serious docudrama from HBO
21 October 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Citizen X" tells the story of "The Butcher of Rostov", nickname for a heinous and perverse Russian serial killer who claimed 52 lives from 1978-92. The film focuses on the novice detective (Rea) who doggedly pursued the killer against all odds in the face of an uncooperative bureaucracy in self-serving and convenient denial. An HBO product for t.v., the film offers a solid cast, good performances, spares the audience much of the grisly details, but plays out like a docudrama sans the stylistics of similar Hollywood fare. An even and straight-forward dramatization of a serious and comparatively little known story more interesting than "Jack the Ripper". (B)


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