Citizen X (1995)

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Avg Rating: 4.5 / 5. Voted: 12

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Year: 1995
Directed by: Chris Gerolmo
Starring: Jeffrey DeMunn, Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow
Country: USA
Language: English (English subtitles)
Runtime: 01:43:02
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 Andrei Chikatilo, the Butcher of Rostov/Red Ripper who roamed Russia, Ukraine and surrounding regions killing over 50 women and children in a span of 12 years. The movie traces the investigative efforts over a decade that eventually led to his capture.

This made-for-TV film is one of those not so renowned serial killer movies but is actually a gem. The acting is quite good and the tension around the investigation is palpable to a viewer.

Favorite scenes:
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. It’s incredible behavior when you think about it. And even when he kills, he sneaks up on them from behind, knocking them out and stabbing them before he indulges himself sexually which shows his timidity and that 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 be his dedication to work or his pain in the woods upon discovering his cousin’s 8 year old daughter’s body.

7 thoughts on “Citizen X (1995)

  • January 12, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Good movie i enjoyed it. x

  • July 28, 2020 at 7:45 am

    I agree with Jessica. No gore. Well acted and well written.

  • October 30, 2020 at 1:30 am

    Very good and great move.
    And best artists

  • December 16, 2020 at 6:18 am

    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.

  • December 23, 2020 at 3:52 am

    Definitely top 10 best movies of all time In my perspective. 10/10

  • December 23, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Good old fashioned movie, excellent choice of actors but a sad real story of a serial killer.

  • December 28, 2020 at 11:19 am

    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.


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