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.
Revealing Mistakes When Leo confronts Raisa and she gets a closeup, you can actually see that Noomi Rapace wears green contact lenses to obscure that she has brown eyes.
Miscellaneous Raisa's friend is taken away by police and drops her coat in the gutter. Different camera angle shows the coat on the sidewalk. Then it is picked up twice. After the 2nd time another camera angle shows that the coat wasn't picked up but a scarf, then thrown back down into the gutter.
Factual Mistake Although Mikhail Nesterov is called a General, he wears only a Colonel's rank insignia throughout the whole movie.
Errors in Geography Leo and Raisa are standing in Moscow in front of a railway station, it says in Russian: "Moscow Central Station". There is no central railway station in Moscow, but several stations where the trains leave to different directions.
Factual Mistake 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.
Three actors have worked together before on Game of Thrones, Josef Altin (Pip of the Nights Watch), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) and Tara Fitzgerald (Selyse Baratheon).
Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman have previously appeared together in RoboCop (2014).
This film features Tom Hardy and Joel Kinnaman. The latter is replacing Hardy in the up-coming movie Suicide Squad (2016).
Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy were also in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) together.
Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman both appeared in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) with Hardy as the villain Bane and Oldman as Commissioner Gordon.
Gary Oldman and co star actors speak with Russian accents. Oldman also played Sgt. Resnov in the video game Call of Duty: World at War (2008) with also a Russian accent, both characters from the film and game sound just like.
This will be Fares Fares and Nikolaj Lie Kaas's third movie together. Their fourth movie is currently in pre-production.
Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace also play lead roles in The Drop (2014).
The third film featuring both Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman. Also, the fourth featuring Tom Hardy and Oldman. And the second featuring all three actors in the same film. And finally, Oldman and Joel Kinnaman's second film together.
The first cut of the film was 5 1/2 hours long.
Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Daniel Espinosa and Fares Fares are all Swedes.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2008 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
This is the third time that Gary Oldman will be portraying a soldier for Russia/Soviet Union. The other two were Air Force One (1997) and two "Call of Duty" games.
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.
Citizen X (1995) 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.
Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, and Jason Clarke all appeared in Lawless (2012) together. Both Clarke and Hardy have also labelled Oldman as one of their inspirations for acting.
The film was banned in Russia shortly after receiving the screening license.
This will be Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman's fourth film together.
Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, and Jason Clarke all recently appeared in the film "Lawless" together. Both Jason Clarke and Tom Hardy have also labeled Gary Oldman as one of their inspirations for acting.
Christian Bale was in talks to play the lead role but he ultimately declined the offer.
Vincent Cassel replaced Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The film is based on the book 'Child 44' by Tom Rob Smith
The novel Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith, was directly inspired by the real life serial killer Andrei Chikatilo.
Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke's second movie together.
The third film featuring both Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman. Also, the fourth featuring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman. And the second featuring all three actors in the same film. And finally, Gary Oldman and Joel Kinnaman's secod film together.
Cinematographer Philippe Rousselot was replaced during filming by Oliver Wood.
In child 44 Gary Oldman and co star actors speak with Russian accents. Gary oldman also played Sgt. Resnov in the video game Call Of Duty World At War with also a Russian accent, both characters from the film and game sound just like.
This will be Fares Fares and Nikolaj Lie Kaas 3rd movie together. Their 4th movie is currently in pre-production.
Gary Oldman and Joel Kinnaman's second movie together.
Tom hardy, jason clarke and gary oldman were all in lawless (2012) together.
Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman both appeared in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) with Tom Hardy as the villain Bane and Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon.
Gary Oldman and Tom hardy were also in 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' together.
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