September 28, 2004
HBO Home Video
- Dolby Surround
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 102 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
This acclaimed drama, starring Irish actor Stephen Rea, tells the true story of one Soviet policeman's crusasde to capture a serial killer. But Detective Burakov has a problem: according to the government bureaucrats, communist Russia doesn't spawn such murderers -- that distinction belongs solely to the capitalist west. So they hinder every one of Burakov's efforts, which include contacting FBI experts who have worked extensively on such cases.
Meanwhile, even as the frustrated detective continues to fight the entrenched powers, victims -- often youngsters -- continue to die...
The true story, based on the book "The Killer Department" by Robert Cullen, of the Soviet Union's, and the world's, most bloodthirsty serial killer who was finally apprehended by a brilliant police inspector.
Originally cablecast on HBO February 25, 1995.
Filmed in Budapest, Hungary.
Co-produced by Asylum Films and Citadel Entertainment.
The movie is based on the real-life hunt for a serial killer in the Soviet Union. The search lasted eight years.