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Citizen X (import)

Joss Ackland , John Wood , Chris Gerolmo    DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joss Ackland, John Wood, Stephen Rea, Jeffrey DeMunn, Donald Sutherland
  • Directors: Chris Gerolmo
  • Format: Import, Dolby, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,157 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Import from The Netherlands with English soundtrack
In 1982 we find in the Russian Rostov eight severely mutilated bodies. Mostly women and children. The doctor Viktor Burakov is charged with the investigation. Gradually, however, he notes that the Russian government is not willing to cooperate. The more Burakov knocks for help, the less the Russian government does. Only one person is willing to help him.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Ably directed by Chris Gerolmo and filmed entirely in Budapest, Hungary, CITIZEN X is the true story of the excruciating bureaucratic problems faced by a young forensic pathologist (Lt. Viktor Burakov, played to the hilt by Stephen Rea ) assigned as an investigator to the Soviet Union's worst serial murder. During Burakov's first night on the job as a crime pathologist, a young girl is brought in -- and immediately he notices that the detective was wrong saying she had been killed in a field. "Go back and look for evidence in a nearby wood," he orders the tired and bored policemen. "Now?!" they ask increduluosly. Burakov insists, now. Grudgingly they go back -- only to return with half a dozen decomposed bodies of youngsters from the nearby forest.
Thus begins CITIZEN X. When the next day an exhausted Burakov makes a report to a police committee on the grisly serial murder of children, his superior Col. Mikhail Fetisov (wonderfully well played by the irrascible Donald Sutherland) quietly winces. The Communist Party Secretary who wields the power in the room Comrade Bondarchuk (similarly well played, Russian accent and all, by British actor Joss Ackland) contemptously rejects Burakov's theory because, "serial murders are impossible in the USSR! Those only exist in the degenerate capitalist countries." Burakov is speechless.
Recognizing Bukarov's single minded dedication to solve the murders, Col. Fetisov assigns the bewildered pathologist to lead the investigation. The rest of the film takes us through the torturous experiences of Bukarov trying to track down the real murderer as fresh childen's bodies keep piling up. And as he gets closer to solving the crimes, the competing villain is the stifling bureaucratic Soviet system that is drowning in its own corrupted incompetence.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping murder investigation 6 April 2010
This is easily one of the best true-life serial killer films ever made, based on one of the most brutal, sadistic murderers of recent times, Andrei Chikatilo.
This story would no doubt be much more well known had the events happened in America, but because it was in Russia, the horrific nature of this case is still largely ignored compared to wide-spread coverage of western killers.
This film focuses on forensic pathologist Viktor Burakov, brilliantly played by Stephen Rea. We see the enormous struggles this man and his small team faced in catching a monster who preyed on women and children over a twelve-year killing spree. Burakov is eventually promoted to detective and placed in charge of the case, but he constantly finds himself banging his head against a brick wall, due to the "enemy within" , the Russian government, who refused to give him the help he needed to stop the vicious maniac.
The film brilliantly illustrates the bureaucracy that Burakov faced from his own side (Russian government refusing to believe that serial killers could exist in their part of the world), and we see the toll that such a job took on this man's mind after dealing with years of discovering horrifically mutilated and tortured victims, many of which were young children. The film chooses not to display the horrendous nature of Chikatilo's acts upon his victims, the violence is kept to a minimum in favour of focusing on Burakov's investigation.
This film is fantastic for anyone who is interested in the Chikatilo case, but it can also be appreciated if you are not familiar with these events. Great script, fantastic acting, atmosphere and a truly gripping story. Couldn't ask for more!
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The body of a murdered child is found after a year in an unmarked grave and brought to a forensic scientist. He orders the officers to return to the forest where the body was found to search for clues. The officers return with the bodies of seven more children. The scientist concludes that there is a serial killer on the loose and tells his superiors that they must assign more men to the case and that the public has to be warned. But this does not happen and the scientist is told that he is mistaken because the Soviet Union does not have serial killers. Only the decadent nations of the West have such madmen.
"Citizen X" is the compelling true story of most prolific documented serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo (Jeffrey DeMunn), the "Rostov Ripper," who was eventually convicted of the murders of 52 people, most of whom were children under the age of 17. Lt. Viktor Burakov (Stephen Rea) is the second lieutenant from the criminology laboratory who is put in charge of the case by Col. Mikhail Fetisov (Donald Sutherland in an Emmy winning performance). Burakov knows what has to be done, but it thwarted at almost every turn, usually by Bondarchuck (Joss Ackland), a stereotypical Communist stooge, but also by Gorbunov (John Wood), whose ego has him thinking that he knows better than everybody else. Burakov wants more men and more computers, but that would be sending a message up the food chain that they cannot handle the problem. He wants to contact the foremost experts on serial killers at the F.B.I.'s office at Quantico, but he is denied permission. He tries to enlist the aid of psychiatrists in profiling the killer, and only one, Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky (Max von Sydow), is willing and it is he who studies the evidence and puts together a report on Citizen X.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film a must watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 6 stars for this one!
Fantastic and gripping film with superb acting from Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland and others. Here's hoping for a Blu-ray release!
Published 1 month ago by Geoff
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine surprise
Not just a standard film about serial killers or the Soviet. I was surprised by how good this film is and how little acclaim it has, especially in light of its cast who all... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding police procedural
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Published 3 months ago by Mr. S. Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic film
I purchased this film as I saw it back in mid 90's. Very gritty film. Sad. Donald Sutherland stars in it. Great story. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional
I have been after this film for some years after seeing it on television and was delighted to find it on Amazon at last. This is a truly exceptional film. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alan G. Freer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
The DVD arrived quickly, and works perfectly. It does come with Dutch subtitles, but these are easy enough to turn off. Read more
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