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Citizen X (1995)

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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Gorbunov
Radu Amzulescu ...
Federenko
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Mrs. Burakov
András Bálint ...
Ignatiev
Géza Balkay ...
Procurator
László Váradi Balogh ...
Peasant
Zsolt Biro ...
Older Gay Man
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Tatevsky
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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You don't want to know what he does... You just want to know when he's caught. See more »


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

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25 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Ciudadano X  »

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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 »

Goofs

On the day of Chikatilo's arrest, the trees bear green leaves, despite it being late November in Russia. 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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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Somber, Subdued And Well-Done Serial Killer Movie
9 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Here's an oddity: a modern-day film about a serial killer that has no fight scenes, nobody seen dying, no car chases and no loud noises.....and it takes place in Russia. There are only two short action scenes but they are horrific.

The rest of the story is detective work, and how much red tape the poor detective had to go through to solve the murders. This is a very somber movie, and "somber" best describes the personality of the hero (Stephen Rea), as well. Yet, the story is not depressing and it's very interesting all the way through.

Rea is outstanding as the determined, harried-looked detective. Jeffrey DeMunn is downright scary as the killer. Donald Sutherland's Russian accent is suspect but he plays the only character in this film that has some warmth.

Once again, the story is dotted with liberal agendas, here and there, with not one but two references to bias against gays, the total validity of secular psychology, police and government officials being boorish/crude/bigoted, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Otherwise, it's an intelligent and refreshingly low-key crime film. This is a somewhat unique film that probably is not well-known but is well-liked by the people who have seen it. Since it's based on a true-life account of this killer, it's all the more chilling. Don't pass this by just because you haven't anything about it.


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