Citizen X (1995)
Directed by: Chris Gerolmo
Starring: Jeffrey DeMunn, Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Genres: Serial Killers, Detective/Mystery, Rape/Sexual Violence against Women, Old-Young, Based on a True Story
Plot – Spoilers:
Citizen X is based on the serial killer, The Butcher of Rostov/Red Ripper, Andrei Chikatilo, who roamed Russia, Ukraine and surrounding regions, killing over 50 women and children in a span of 12 years. The movie follows the investigative efforts over a decade that eventually led to his capture.
This TV film is one of those not-so-renowned serial killer movies that is actually a gem. The acting’s pretty good and the tension around the investigation always palpable.
Every time Chikatilo is bullied, insulted or laughed at, he picks up his hunting bag and heads out. This is how he deals with unpleasant moments. Most of the world might have a smoke, a drink or head out to a club to cope, but Chikatilo kills. And when he kills, he sneaks up from behind, knocking them out and stabbing them before indulging himself sexually, which shows his timidity where he feels control over them only when they’re close to death.
The scene at the station with the harried-looking cop who has been on duty for 36 hours. There is something sincere about him – whether it’s his dedication or the pain he feels on discovering his cousin’s 8-year-old daughter’s body.
Good movie i enjoyed it. x
I agree with Jessica. No gore. Well acted and well written.
Very good and great move.
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This was a very good movie. Well written, casted and acted. Virtually flawless. Granted, there was no guys, gore, or human excrement, it had all the makings of the great psychological thriller. Bravo, EUM… you’ve done it again!
How is it you guys find all these wonderful movies I’ve never heard of?
Guess I’ve been looking in all the wrong places.
Definitely top 10 best movies of all time In my perspective. 10/10
Good old fashioned movie, excellent choice of actors but a sad real story of a serial killer.
Globalement d’accord avec les commentaires précédents. C’est un téléfilm de qualité, l’écrasement politique et bureaucratique est assez développé, mais le travail sur la psychopathologie du tueur est assez creuse, de même pour l’intervention assez maigre du psychiatre de l’époque. Rendre l’incapacité idéologique à admettre de tels crimes en union soviétique c’est bien vu, mais le travail de fond sur l’énigme du tueur en est sa plus grande faiblesse.
A gripping movie, the dialogues are elegantly-written, the acting is convincing I was hooked to the movie from start to finish…I love the opening theme as well… It’s scary to know that it’s based on an actual crime…This film also shows that good, honest people usually work in the nest of egoistic snakes, their efforts could’ve ended the consequent murders if the samples were not tampered with
Whomever transliterated the subtitles of this pièce de résistance, should be contritely attritional.
What a great movie. Interesting story, good acting (pleasantly surprised to find Donald Sutherland here!) Well worth the watch. It’s effed up for the fact that it’s based on a true story; 35 kids were brutally murdered by a sick fuck in Russia. Doesn’t get more effed up than that.
Damn 52 bodies, couldnt get any more disturbing and knowing that this actually happened irl. Thx for this, ejoyed it
10 out of fucking 10
russian accents are too laughable – couldnt take the film seriously
One of my fave serial killer movies.
wow a great movie I don’t why its on this site its to good for it …a great movie to watch …..I was going to clean my office but fuck that I watch this instead I am glad that I did ….
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There is a newer movie of this story called Child 44, having watched both, they are equally good.
This is such a good movie! I remember seeing it some time ago but couldn’t remember the name. I enjoyed it then and even more so now. I saw deeper into the movie this time. Like the growth of the characters, and the Lenin poster aging along with the newer model of the same car as time passed. And Jeffrey DeMunn… man, he played the Hell out of that role. This is a 10/10 for me.
I think it was effup when the beginning of the movie the killer is staping the child through chest heart how effup is that its a child ..great movie effup about it ..it was a true story ..that’s effup .
Only killed women, massive respect
Shoutout my nigga Chikatilo he a real nigga man. Nigga and ne spent time in prison man, he was sucking everyone’s dick man