Citizen X

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Stephen Rea stars as a relentless Russian investigator in this made-for-cable thriller. Based on an actual case, this taut film tells the story of Burakov (Rea), a Russian forensic pathologist assigned to track down a brutal serial killer who is targeting young drifters. The nature of the assignment takes its toll on Burakov's personal life, as he tracks the killer for years despite the red-tape and bureaucracy of the Soviet state. Nominated for several awards overall that year, Donald Sutherland won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for his co-starring role as Rea's supportive superior, Fetisov. The movie was filmed in Hungary.

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Cast

Stephen Rea
as Lt. Viktor Burakov
Donald Sutherland
as Col. Mikhail Fetisov
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Andrei Chikatilo
Max von Sydow
as Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky
Joss Ackland
as Bondarchuk
John Wood
as Gorbunov
Radu Amzuliscu
as Federenko
Imelda Staunton
as Mrs. Burakova
Geza Balkay
as Proturator
Zsolt Biro
as Older Gay Man
Ion Caramitru
as Tatevsky
Balazs Csapo
as Gay Partner
Imre Csuja
as Front Detective
Zoltan Dozsa
as Execution Guard
Jozsa Elek
as Burakov's Daughter
Marton Elek
as Burakov's Son
Murray Ewan
as Office Manager
Klara Falvay
as Peasant
Erika Fenyes
as Vague Looking Girl
Miklós Székely B.
as Older Partner
Zoltan Galbacs
as Train Track Boy
Balázs Galkó
as Station Drunk
Jono Gero
as Plainclothesman
Chris Gerolmo
as Militiaman
Simon Gevai
as Hanging Boy
Istvan Hunyadkurthy
as Drunk Father
Attila Kiraly
as Wall-eyed Boy
Kati Koti
as Peasant Mother
Ferenc Lengyel
as Young Announcer
Ralph Nossek
as Dunenkov
Anna Orosz
as Announcer
Wojciech Piekarski
as Scruffy Man
Tamás Puskás
as Young Attendant
Mari Rajna
as Slow Woman
Tusse Silberg
as Mrs. Chikatilo
Eva Toth Siman
as Drunken Woman
Laszlo Stier
as Man in Robe
Mihály Szabados
as Kid Militiaman
Petra Szabo
as Beautiful Blonde Girl
B. Miklos Szekely
as Older Partner
Tibor Szervét
as Detective
Balazs Tardi
as Eating Soldier No. 1
Katalin Varnagy
as Wizened Peasant Woman
Zoltan Vekony
as Eating Soldier No. 2
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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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