RMG 248: Citizen X (1995)

May 26, 2021

In this episode, the Retro Movie Geek crew is joined, once again, by the lovely Trista Robinson (see more from Trista HERE and HERE), and they’re geeking out over Citizen X (1995) and

  • bureaucratic red tape
  • true crime & real life monsters
  • superb acting
  • how to pronounce Stephen Rea’s name
  • and much, much more!


Based on the true story of the most savage and elusive serial killer on record. Eight bodies are found in the woods, brutally murdered… raped… mutilated. The victims are young, often loners, who made the mistake of talking to a stranger and paid for it with their lives.

A brilliant forensics expert, but an inexperienced detective, Viktor Burakov (Stephen Rea) is put in charge of the case by his Colonel (Donald Sutherland). It is the Colonel’s job to give Burakov as much support as he can, but as the number of victims continues to rise, the investigation slows to a standstill, buried under government red tape.

The slaughter continues unabated, until Burakov calls in a psychiatrist (Max Von Sydow) to create a psychological portrait of the murderer. With fifty-two victims to his name, the killer they call Citizen X, is finally taking shape before their eyes, but can they trap him before he kills again…?



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