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Shades is a film about (imaginary) Belgian serial killer Freddy Lebecq which producer Max Vogel, a former lawyer, is determined to make into an internationally co-produced, relatively big ... See full summary »

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Paul S. Sullivan
Gene Bervoets ...
Max Vogel
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Dylan Cole
Mireille Leveque ...
Michelle Miller
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Freddy Lebecq
Mike Verdrengh ...
Harry Koning
Hilde Van Mieghem ...
Cathy
Tom Van Bauwel ...
Mark Vandenbroeck
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Crazy Mike (as Rudolf Segers)
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Bob
Luk D'Heu ...
Van Riet
Filip Peeters ...
Weber
Sally-Jane Van Hoorenbeeck ...
Lily
Gert Lahousse ...
Peter
Tine Reymer ...
Bianca
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Shades is a film about (imaginary) Belgian serial killer Freddy Lebecq which producer Max Vogel, a former lawyer, is determined to make into an internationally co-produced, relatively big budget-production Hollywood style, with a director from the States. To that end he cuts deals with and often behind the backs of just about everybody, including Lebeq -who has the book rights-, his lawyer who hopes to use proceeds donated to the relatives to facilitate early release, even the victims, always trying to get the media circus to yield priceless publicity. However not only the lead actor proves a loose canon, even Lebecq ends up killing his lawyer and escaping, when he believes the movie is hurting his case ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Reflexos de um Assassino  »

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Director Erik Van Looy is an avid RAFC supporter (a club in Belgian second division) and he likes to mention this in interviews and put tiny references in his movies (in "De Zaak Alzheimer" for example he made Gene Bervoets whistle the club anthem). In Shades you hear an announcement over the car radio saying the first (new) derby between RAFC and rival club Germinal Beerschot ended 3-0. Wishful thinking on the part of Van Looy as it turned out, because the game (played in 2000) ended 1-2. See more »

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Everyone who has ever been on a set will love it.
13 June 2000 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

The cast is great, directing and acting are sublime, Rourke plays himself, including dog. The sound track is even better. The dialogues are in Flemish and English, but after 10 minutes you forget this detail and the language sounds real.

Great story, a movie within a movie. Anyone who has ever been on a set will recognize the plot, subplots etc.

Why did this movie flop? Nobody made faults, not the director, not the actors etc. The main problem is the story line. Who is the bad guy and who is the good guy. They all seem equal. You can't identify yourself with Howard, Bervoets or Decleir.

Great movie, but no box office.


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