Child 44

April 17th, 2015


Child 44

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A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

Release Year: 2015

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Stars: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace

Based on the first of a trilogy by Tom Rob Smith and set in the Stalin era of the Soviet Union. The plot is about an idealistic pro-Stalin security officer who decides to investigate a series of child murders in a country where supposedly this sort of crime doesn't exist. The state would not hear of the existence of a child murderer let alone a serial killer. He gets demoted and exiled but decides, with just the help of his wife, to continue pursuing the case.

Writers: Richard Price, Tom Rob Smith

Xavier Atkins - Young Leo Demidov
Mark Lewis Jones - Tortoise
Tom Hardy - Leo Demidov
Joel Kinnaman - Vasili
Fares Fares - Alexei Andreyev
Karel Dobrey - Photographer
Noomi Rapace - Raisa Demidov
Agnieszka Grochowska - Nina Andreyeva
Petr Vanek - Fyodor
Jana Strykov√° - Mara
Jason Clarke - Anatoly Tarasovich Brodsky
Ursina Lardi - Zina Gubinova
Michael Nardone - Semyon Okun
Jemma O'Brien - Elena Okun
Lottie Steer - Tamara Okun

Taglines: How do you find a killer who doesn't exist?


Official Website: Official site

Country: USA, UK, Czech Republic, Romania

Language: English

Release Date: 17 April 2015

Filming Locations: Prague, Czech Republic

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?

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 people of both sexes, 35 of whom were below the age of 18. Burakov is aided, covertly at first, by Col. Mikhail Fetisov, his commanding officer, 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 that contributed to the failure of the then-current law enforcement agencies to capture the killer; Chikatilo's crimes were not widely reported for fear of revealing that such things ever happened in the USSR. Also, the killer was shielded from investigation because he was a member of the Communist Party. All this changed under the political reforms of glasnost and Perestroika, and the investigation began to make progress. See more »

The Gold Star (the highest title in the USSR) is worn on the left side of the chest above other orders and medals.Demidov wears his on the right. See more »


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