Citizen X

Citizen X
Citizen X
Directed by Chris Gerolmo
Produced by Timothy Marx
Robert Stone
Webster Stone
Written by Robert Cullen
Chris Gerolmo
Starring Stephen Rea
Donald Sutherland
Max von Sydow
Jeffrey DeMunn
Joss Ackland
John Wood
Radu Amzulescu
Imelda Staunton
Music by Randy Edelman
Cinematography Robert Fraisse
Editing by William Goldenberg

Citizen X is a made-for-TV film, released in 1995, which covers the investigation of the Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, who was convicted in 1992 of killing 53 women and children between 1978 and 1990, and the efforts of detectives in the Soviet Union to capture him.



The film tells the story of the seven-year hunt by forensic specialist Viktor Burakov for the person who mutilated and murdered over 50 children and young women. Burakov is aided, covertly at first, by his commanding officer, Col. Mikhail Fetisov and later by Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky, a psychiatrist.

As well as being in the form of a crime thriller, the movie depicts Soviet propaganda and bureaucracy contributing to the failure to capture the killer; his crimes were not widely reported for fear of revealing that such things ever occurred in the USSR.


The movie was entirely shot in Hungary. The station where Chikatilo picks his victims is the Hatvan railway station, northeast of Budapest. The smaller, arched train shelter scene was shot in Nagymaros. Several other scenes were shot in the Gödöllő Railway Station. The film was directed by Chris Gerolmo, who also wrote the screenplay adapted from the book The Killer Department by Robert Cullen.



  • CableACE Awards
    • Best Movie or Miniseries
    • Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries (DeMunn)
  • Edgar Awards
    • Best TV Feature or MiniSeries (Gerolmo)
  • Emmy Awards
    • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special (Sutherland)
  • Golden Globe Awards
    • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Sutherland)

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