Citizen X [Import]
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"Citizen X" is more than the story of Andrei Chikatilo, a marvelously acted, written, and directed tale that succeeds because it goes beyond the story of a killer to tell a truth about communism and the former Soviet Union. The story begins when a local cop brings in a body to the office of the new forensic pathologist in Rostov, Viktor Burakov (Stephen Rea).Read more ›
Based on the true story of the eight year long manhunt in communist Soviet Union (1982 - 1990) for one of the most savage and elusive serial killers on record - Andrei Chikatilo (a chilling Jeffrey DeMunn).
The story starts out with newbie forensic pathologist, Viktor Burakov (a great Stephen Rea), and his first cadaver that comes into the morgue. A quick nightime search of the wooded area where the body was found is completed with eight MORE bodies found in varying degrees of decomposition and desication. All are children, boys and girls alike and have been murdered, raped and mutilated in some very odd ways.
Viktor, somehow, is put in charge of the WHOLE blessed case by Colonel Mikhail Fetisov (Donald Sutherland). With Viktor now being forensic expert, detective, and case cracker extraordinaire, he is more than a little wary of his own capabilites and feels like the only man who cares about these horrific murders that are taking place.
The investigation continues on for many years with many murders being committed over time because the case is being buried under the communist parties' government red tape and "poo pooing" by the Colonel's superior and sinister leader, Bondarchuk (Joss Ackland).
Thankfully and finally the cold war hits and Viktor is given permission to bring in a psychiatrist, Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky (Max von Sydow) to create a psychological profile of the serial rapist and murder.Read more ›
The first thing I commend about this film is that it does not try to keep fighting the cold war. There are no heavy lessons in the virtues of Freedom and Democracy. The parties involved, even regrettably the killer Chikitilo himself, were ordinary sorts of people behaving much as one might expect in any stable society. We get a reminder of where all this is going on when Stephen Rea as the reluctant but dogged investigator expresses anxiety to his wife that he could be called for in the small hours, but the film sticks to its brief of telling a story rather than preaching or philosophising.Read more ›
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very well done and expertly demonstrated film on the Russian response to a crime of terror.....Donald Sutherland is superb...Published 2 months ago by robert ash
Very intense movie !!! Has become one of my favorites..... suspense keeps you watching....Published 15 months ago by C. Clarke
I actually read the book first about 20 years ago, that is also when I first saw the movie. It is amazingly chillingPublished 16 months ago by Kim
Well portrayed by the actors involved. An offal look at reality and history that was tried to hidden by the regime at the time.Published 19 months ago by Dean Duke Cuthbert
This is a fascinating look at how denial and bureaucracy worked to obstruct a dedicated and very talented police investigator in the old Soviet Union. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2014 by Marty
I caught this movie on TV once and was blown away. Stephen Rea and Donald Sutherland put in amazing performances in this "based on real events' drama about Russias first serial... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2013 by Bootsy Bass
HBO has put out some very good and respectable original movies over the years. Supergun, Path to War to name a few. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Joe Clay
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