Citizen X

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Movie Info

In the 1980s, serial killer Andrei Chikatilo (Jeffrey DeMunn) embarks on an eight-year killing spree, murdering 52 people. Lt. Viktor Burakov (Stephen Rea) wants to put a stop to the killings, but the Soviet bureaucracy obstructs him at every turn, insisting a Communist Party member could not be the killer. Burakov is determined to catch Chikatilo, aided only by his cynical superior (Donald Sutherland) and a frightened but determined psychiatrist (Max von Sydow) in this true story.

Cast & Crew

Stephen Rea
Lt. Viktor Burakov
Donald Sutherland
Col. Mikhail Fetisov
Max von Sydow
Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky
Jeffrey DeMunn
Andrei Chikatilo
John Wood
John Wood
Joss Ackland
Bondarchuk
Ralph Nossek
Dunenkov
Czeskaw Grocholski
Ivanov
Laura Bickford
Executive Producer
Matthew Chapman
Executive Producer
David R. Ginsburg
Executive Producer
Robert Fraisse
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Critic Reviews for Citizen X

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Audience Reviews for Citizen X

  • Jun 03, 2013
    You would think that the story of a serial killer in the Soviet Union would be interesting. You would think that they would give an Emmy and a Golden Globe to Donald Sutherland for something that he was in that was interesting. This move is not interesting.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2012
    Interesting bit of history. Steven Rea does a good job. Donald Southerland could have passed on this role.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2011
    Citizen X is another excellent film by HBO, delivering a somber, atmospheric, and fact-based serial killer movie. It doesn't rely on cheap scares or cliches, rather focuses on character development, and the political realities that made this case so unique. Stephen Rea was incredible, conveying an immense amount of emotion and depth without having to say anything.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2010
    Like many great movies this one allows you to see the world through someone else's eyes. The visions are not colored or altered in any way you really get a sense of the challenge of Bukarov's challenge. A very tightly directed non-fiction movie, more about the evolution of working as a police detective under the communist bureaucracy than anything else. Stephan Rea plays unpolished coroner who is thrust into the investigation of a serial killer as more of a fall guy (his ulterior motive is to get a raise and a two bedroom apartment for his family). The party leaders would rather have the murder of children continue and cover them up than acknowledge a serial killer could be created anywhere except decadent western societies. The only person in Rea's side is Donald Sutherland a polished coronel who knows his way through the system. The unlikely pair over the period of years develop mutual respect for each other abilities. This could have been one of the best movies of 1995 and I missed it don't do the same. The jacket for the movie does no justice to the great film inside. with the HBO stamp I figured I had seen bits of it and it was just not that memorable, but I was mistaken. If you enjoy any CSI or such this is a must see movie.
    Bill C Super Reviewer

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