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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
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 ...

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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