The Memory of a Killer (2003)
"De zaak Alzheimer" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  26 September 2005 (USA)
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Vincke and Verstuyft are the best detectives of the Antwerp police department. They are confronted with the murder on a leading executive and put all their effort to catch the murderer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurien Van den Broeck ...
Bieke Cuypers
Vader Cuypers
Werner De Smedt ...
Hilde De Baerdemaeker ...
Linda de Leenheer
Geert Van Rampelberg ...
Tom Coemans
Angelo Ledda
Patrick Descamps ...
Gilles Resnais
Anne-Caroline Suberville ...
Jan Dyck ...
Taxi Driver
Miek Van Bocxtaele ...
Receptionist (as Miek Van Bocxstaele)
Deborah Ostrega ...
Gene Bervoets ...
Els Dottermans ...
Eva Van Camp
Lucas Van den Eynde ...
Bob Van Camp


Vincke and Verstuyft are one of the best detective teams of the Antwerp police force. When they are confronted with the disappearance of a top official and the murder of two prostitutes, the trail leads to the almost retired assassin Angelo Ledda. Since Ledda starts showing symptoms of Alzheimer's, it's getting more and more difficult to complete his contracts. When he has to murder a 12-year old call-girl, he refuses and becomes a target himself. While Vincke and Verstuyft are chasing him and counting the corpses, Ledda is taking care of his employers. Written by BlackHawk

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

26 September 2005 (USA)  »

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The Memory of a Killer  »

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Box Office


€2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,254 (USA) (26 August 2005)


$332,015 (USA) (4 November 2005)

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The remake rights have been acquired by Focus Features, Universal Pictures' independent boutique. See more »


When Ledda is driven through Antwerp, the license plates on the taxi start with the letter "T". It is only since 2003 that taxis are obliged to use these special plates, the movie is set in 1995. See more »


[Freddy hooks up a phone-tracer]
Eric Vincke: Is that legal?
Freddy Verstuyft: No... Japanese.
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Followed by Double Face See more »


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Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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Finally a great Belgian "policier"...
20 October 2003 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

It takes a lot of guts to make a Belgian "policier". It's like making an American western without John Wayne, or a French flick without Jean Gabin or Alain Delon.

New times, new directors, new actors... Director Van Looy found his actors. Not only are they good, they are outstanding. Much will be said about the three main actors: Jan Decleir, Koen De Bauw and Werner De Smedt, but look closely at the supporting roles. Hilde De Baerdemaeker is one of the coming Belgian ladies... read my lips!

The script is based on a book by author Jef Geeraerts but for once the adaptation is better.

The dialogues are tongue in cheek, and for fans of "NYPD Blue" or "Homicide" this movie is a real treat. When the lights come on in the theater you want to look at your TV guide and check when the next episode is due...

The camera is nervous, it follows the action closely and the music is very well chosen. Also, without being chauvinistic, it's wonderful to see all the action take place in one of the largest European cities: Antwerp.

One of the best Belgian movies yet? Yes. A nice build up of characters, situations, drama. It's not easy, but it has been done.

Director Van Looy found his real commitment, a police thriller. You can compare this movie with "Memento" (the memory loss) or "Se7en" (the dualism between the two investigators) but better yet to "The Insider". Watch it: you will find out why.

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