Citizen X

Synopsis: Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer who, over many years, claimed over 50 victims, mostly under the age of 17. In what was then a Communist state, the police investigations were hampered by bureaucracy, incompetence and those in power. The story is told from the viewpoint of the detective in charge of the case.
Director(s): Chris Gerolmo
Production: HBO Video
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 11 nominations.
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105 min


Fresh meat. Straight from the farm.

Fresh? This body is a year old.

It's a sort of a joke,

your predecessor would have got it.

Yes, I understand that he was funny.

Lazy, but funny.

You said something about a farm.

Collective farm number 5.

The big field right next to ...

The girl died in the woods?

I am Sorry, Were you about to say

right next to the woods?

Did you look through them?


Now, better go back and look through them.

For what?

For something that I can use to identify her.

Glasses, cigarettes, whatever.

If there Had been anything,

I would had brought it here

You think we're all lazy?

Go back and search the woods.

It's after five.

I don't care what time it is,

take an extra man, tell Sasha

it's on my authority, comb the area,

look under every leaf and every tree.

I get the idea.

Heartless, Son of a b*tch,

what is he trying to prove?

Dear Comrade. He's new.

Doctor Mirtjinskij? It's your turn,

The body is ready for an autopsy.

No, there's no question of how the little girl

was killed. Violent blow to the back ...

Shouldn't you do an autopsy all the same??

Comrade ...

Do you help me get this job done, so

I can do your job too? Comrade Burakov ...

What is it?

They are coming in with something for you, they want you to wait.

Tell them that tomorrow is fine. I can't

deal with it now, it's after nine..

Who cares what time it is!

Have a nice evening ...

Violent blow to the back of the skull.

Multiple stab wounds to the face.

On the second body, as many as

and emptying

of the eye sockets.

and a broken sternum.

disfigurement to the breasts.

along with traces of semen.

On the sixth victim's penis has been removed

approximately 2.3 cm. above the junction,

with some additional disfigurement of the genital area.

Some additional disfigurement ...

Some additional disfigurement ...

Some additional disfigurement of

the nature of which suggest ...

not so much as a sharp instrument

as teeth ...

Yesterday the men of the

Rostov militia

unearthed eight bodies in

different stages of decomposition

And you brought the odours of the grave and

rumors as evidence. How clever.

I assume that the time you devoted to their

examination is the time you couldn't

spare to get cleaned up.

Next time a little less diligence

and a little more hygiene.

In the files

of my predecessor

I found records of

seven other bodies.

If you do not mind Comrade,

I would like to start

by introducing to the members of the committee.

General Ivanov, Head of the KGB, in Rostov.

Comrade Dunenkov, Comrade Tatevsky,

our Mayor, Comrade Ignatiev ...

and of course Comrade Bondarchuk,

Secretary of Ideology of

the Communist Party.

I'm Colonel Fetisov,

I am in charge of the militia,

whose officers efforts

have a small part.

I am also Secretary of this committee.

Gentlemen, this is Comrade Burakov ...

He is our new forensic expert.

They are a breed of men who work in

basements with chemistry sets.

We could hardly blame them for looking little

startled when they come out into the light.

Comrade, Please begin.

It's clear that we have a

serial killer, on our hands

already the most prolific in Russian history.

We will have to take extreme

measures to stop him.

Is he saying a "Serial Killer"?

We understood that there were wide

discrepancies in the wounds inflicted.

That's what he told us, Colonel.

And their were both boys and girls.

It could be two different men

It could be a gang.

There are no serial killers in the Soviet state.

Well that sounds more like we

should think of it then ...

It is a decadent Western phenomenon.

Gentlemen, that's all we have for now.

Thank you for taking time

out of your busy schedules.

I will keep you informed of any

new developments.

Welcome to the Halls of Power.

My God, No wonder nothing would stand.

- In this case it will.


- Because you will be in charge.


You'll be in charge of the case.

Infact of the entire department ...

because technically

we do not have one, yet.

We have a division for the

most serious crimes ...

and we put you in charge of the

"Killer Department"

The "Killer Department"

But I am not even a detective,

I am a Forensic man.

You always wanted to be a detective?

Yes ..

- Well, Then you're in charge.

Start by making lists of the man power and

logistical support you think that you may require.

And then outline a general approach

to begin an investigation.

Report back to me tomorrow.

Good day.

Is there something else?

- Forgive me, but we reached the top ...

regional apartment list for

forsenics, my wife and two kids,

we are qualified for

the two bedroom ...

We have been waitng for seven years.

If I take a new job would I

lose my seniority?

I personally guarantee, that

you'll get the next two bedroom apartment

when it becomes available in Rostov.

All right? Now go home and tell

your wife about your new promotion.

Yes, Sir.

Next, a special report

on crime ...

deadly combination of heroin

addictions and street crimes ...

is ravaging American cities

as even their own Time magazine ...

Okay, let's hear it.

Listen to what?

If this job is so great,

why are you so upset about it?

I am supposed to keep it a secret.

I would not tell a soul.

For God's sake, you're treading dirt

all over the place ...

- I am Sorry

What the hell have you been doing?

They made me move some

filthy boxes in the factory.

I am from the Police. You are Mrs...

It's about your daughter...

When did you last see her?

It was well over a year ago.

I don't remember.

She was your daughter, how can you

not remember where you last saw her?

Okay, Did she have any friends?

No. She watched the trains whole day.

She was retarded.

Did he have any friends?

Who? What were their names?

Did he have any habits?

- The Electrichka.

Say it again?

- He rode the Electrichka.

He rode the trains for fun?

- All the time.

He finds them on Electrichka!

He finds them on Electrichka.

I know it.

Electrichka, The trains that criss cross rural Russia.

- I know what they are, Comrade.

I don't ride them, but they do sometimes

get in the way of my limousine.

If I was hesitant to my reaction

which had only to do with a vague unease.

About what?

The fact that you was only been the detective

for 48 hours ...

and your intution is already

so highly devolped.

Are you a genius or just given

to power of enthusiasm?

I know the killer's method.

He picks up young people on the trains.

I've been to the station. They're all there.

The naive, the

weak, the retarded.

It's over. He has confessed.

- What?

- Who confessed?

Somebody from the institution of Statsi.

A Gypsy.

He is gonna show them the murder sights now.

Mr. What is your problem?

Don't you remember what you told us?

They are coaching him.

- They are very experienced detectives.

Here it is, this is were I killed her.

Again you f***ed up.

This is how manyth time? Twelve?

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