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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Janssen ...
Gerda Lindekens ...
Mieke Bouve ...
Sylvia Sabbe ...
Ann Petersen ...
Paul S'Jongers ...
Patrick Brabants ...
Zoon van Zaman
Dirk Luyten
Fred Van Kuyk ...
De Vos
Jan Moonen ...
An Nelissen ...
Vrouw van Frank
Marilou Mermans ...
Moeder van de kinderen
Herman Gilis ...
Dries Wieme ...


An undercover inspector of the Antwerp criminal investigation unit faces problems not only in his professional life, but also at home. When he is partnered with a young, over-confident colleague, he loses control over the case in hand, a situation that further takes its toll on his marriage. He's forced to ask himself whether his job is an addiction, a hunt for people that becomes more exciting the shrewder his opponent is. Written by Hannelore Goossens

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Frank: What's your first name anyway?
Zaman: Hervé
Frank: Then I shall keep you calling Zaman I guess.
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At the end of the movie Zaman runs into the office of the bad guy Collas who gets protection from powerful people of the city council to do his dirty businesses. When the door closes the screen turns black and 'The End' appears, directly followed by the line 'of a career at the police force'. See more »


Referenced in The Memory of a Killer (2003) See more »

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The joy and pain of Belgian coppers…. Oh, how exciting
22 July 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

This early 80's Belgian flick is occasionally shown on the television here but by no means it represents our nation's cinema industry...or at least I hope it doesn't! "Zaman" is an insignificant and very basic story about Antwerp cops in their daily battle against petty-crime in the docks and harbor while they stand by helplessly to see the really big fish getting away with everything through corruption and bribery. The movie is given an extra dramatic tone since the lead character's family situation isn't very cheerful, neither. The titular character is a forty-something workaholic who regularly visits prostitutes. His wife hates him, his daughter left the parental house to work in a topless bar and his new partner thinks Zaman an emotionless bastard. For Belgians, this is a mildly entertaining film because for every character they engaged a famous actor, but don't expect exciting action-sequences or intelligent dialogues. The funny thing is the ending, though. It looks like this was meant to be a pilot for a TV-series that never came. The film ends with the main character walking up to his biggest opponent (a powerful gangster) for a man-to-man confrontation and a message appears on the screen saying: "The End…of a police career". So, I figure Zaman would be fired from the police corps after this and start his own detective agency or something like that. Anyway, since the ending is as open as they can get, this movie is just pointless and not at all worth watching.

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