Citizen X

Directed by Chris Gerolmo
Starring Donald Sutherland, Max Von Sydow, Stephen Rea

HBO Home Video | September 28, 2004 | DVD

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The most horrifying thing about the Russian serial killer known as Chikitilo was not the fact that he murdered 52 men, women and children: it was the fact that the authorities could have brought him to justice long before he reached that number. Stunningly, bureaucracy kept him free. The brilliantly acted and horrifically terrifying HBO thriller Citizen X is as good as any true crime story ever filmed. Stephen Rea plays with understated perfection the forensic pathologist assigned to the case. The emotional interplay between his character and Donald Sutherland's as his superior is a wonder to see in this utterly gripping film.

Video Release: September 28, 2004

Theatrical Release: 1995

Runtime: 102

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: HBO Home Video

UPC: 026359118524

Found in: General, General, Mystery / Suspense

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Citizen X

Citizen X

Directed by Chris Gerolmo
Starring Donald Sutherland, Max Von Sydow, Stephen Rea

Video Release: September 28, 2004

Theatrical Release: 1995

Runtime: 102

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: HBO Home Video

UPC: 026359118524


Edition Description
  • Dolby Surround
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

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...

Description

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.

Notes

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.
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