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Citizen X

Stephen Rea , Donald Sutherland , Chris Gerolmo    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, absolutely shocking June 12 2004
Ted Bundy. Jeffrey Dahmer. Andrei Chikatilo. Andrei Chikatilo? While the first two names are instantly recognizable, that last one raises shoulders. He belongs with the likes of Bundy, however, because Andrei Chikatilo was one of the most fearsome serial killers the modern world has ever seen. His murderous rampages took place in the former Soviet Union during the 1970s and 1980s, during a time when the hammer and sickle flew proudly over the Kremlin, Russian troops invaded Afghanistan, and Jimmy Carter boycotted the Olympics. He preyed on children riding trains, killing over fifty of them before the authorities finally brought him to justice. Chikatilo's trial, which took place after the fall of communism, saw the monster secured in a large cage in the courtroom as the parents of the victims wept, fainted, and hurled invectives at the seemingly mild mannered man. They had a good reason to be angry. For years, Chikatilo killed with impunity within a system that termed serial killers a "decadent western phenomenon," a system that continually ignored, mismanaged, and outright lied about the horrors unfolding in the forests around Rostov, the city where Chikatilo lived and practiced his abhorrent activities. Fortunately, the court found Andrei Chikatilo guilty of mass murder and imposed a sentence of capital punishment. Thanks to Russian prison authorities, Chikatilo has since exited this mortal coil.
"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).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Story Jan. 12 2014
By Marty
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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. It's a true story of the uncovering and eventual arrest of a serial killer. Donald Sutherland, Stephen Rea, Jeffrey DeMunn, Max von Sidow and Joss Ackland provide superb performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unknown Classic Sept. 29 2013
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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 killer. ( besides Stalin). Hardly anyone has ever heard of this movie but it is stellar. Check it out.
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From Robert Cullen's true crime novel, "The Killer Department" comes HBO Studio's "Citizen X". Originally cablecast on HBO February 25, 1995, Donald Sutherland won the Golden Globe for Supporting Role Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Made for TV in 1996 and also the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Special in 1995.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible June 17 2004
HBO has put out some very good and respectable original movies over the years. Supergun, Path to War to name a few. But this movie that chronicles Russian serial killer Andres Chikatilo's murder spree is without question the finest movie that HBO has ever made. Sydow is the movie's standout....his performances are stunning throughout. Sutherland also deserves special mention.
Lets be absolutely clear about this.....this is an ADULTS ONLY movie....it has much disturbing content. Put the kids to bed.....and be prepared for a chilling yet unforgettable movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Realistic Feb. 9 2004
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This is the most realistic & best done serial killer movie ever
made it's a shame it didn't get the recognition it deserved.
Simply superb-get it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars work of art, truly amazing Feb. 3 2004
This film is amazing. Mainly because it is based on a true story about a real killer. I guess this keeps you on the edge of your seat most of the time. It also leaves you with a weird/sad feeling because you know all of it really happened. It's not just some fake movie made up to scare people and earn money. Over all the movie is made perfectly and flawlessly. With a cast of great actors too. This also helps to give the film a kind of realizm that you can only get from quailty actors.
The movie is graphic and violent but very interesting at the same time. It really tells a indepth story of a everyday man living a seperate life as a serial killer. The movie is very impressive, not for the faint of heart of youngesters. With that said enjoy the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two of my favorite actors
I have always loved both Donald Sutherland and Stephen Rea so it was a dream come true to see them together in such a great film.
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Published on Nov. 25 2003 by MarianaP
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Movie.
I dont know why this never made it on prime time tv, I seen it late night on 2 occasions. It kept me riveted both times.
Far better than any US movie of its kind.
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST OUR PROBLEM
Two things induced me to watch this film. One was that it intrigued me how serial killers can get away with it for so long. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2003 by DAVID BRYSON
4.0 out of 5 stars Low key but intelligent, well executed and worthwhile
If I say this is a movie about a serial killer you might easily get the wrong idea. Since "Silence of the Lambs" especially, the typical serial killer film has been very much in... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2003 by snalen
5.0 out of 5 stars Citizen X Gets an "A"
Combining the harsh, frustrating and highly-complex realities of Soviet bureaucratic existence with the passionate desire and efforts of a highly intelligent, methodical,... Read more
Published on March 13 2003 by Wachkatze
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Film
"Citizen X" is a fascinating, disturbing, riveting film with stunning performances by Stephen Rea -- a brilliant actor -- and Jeffrey DeMunn, a marvelous character actor. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2002 by Rae Lutz
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