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The Memory of a Killer (2003)

De zaak Alzheimer (original title)
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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.

Director:

Erik Van Looy

Writers:

Jef Geeraerts (novel), Carl Joos (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Official Sites:

official site | Sony Classics

Country:

Belgium

Language:

Dutch | French | Flemish

Release Date:

26 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Memory of a Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,254, 28 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$332,015, 6 November 2005
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official Selection Toronto 2004. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1995. After stepping off the train Ledda takes the escalators down in Antwerp Central station. There weren't any escalators in there at that time. See more »

Quotes

Eric Vincke: All right, Ledda, you can begin.
Angelo Ledda: He has to be able to keep track, I guess?
[glares at Verstuyft]
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Connections

Followed by Het Tweede Gelaat (2017) See more »

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Some Of Us
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Courtesy of EMI Music Ltd.
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Played during end credits
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Belgian top thriller with outstanding performances
29 March 2005 | by Travis_Bickle01See all my reviews

I was surprised to read several negative comments on this site about "De Zaak Alzheimer". Some people seem to think that the movie wasn't worth the hype, but I disagree with this. I think this is the best Belgian cop thriller ever made. The story (based on the novel of Jef Geeraerts) is brilliantly written and the cast is outstanding. Our best Belgian actors give top performances. Jan Decleir, Koen De Bouw, Werner De Smedt and Jo De Meyere are wonderful.

When I would see an American movie who is similar to "De Zaak Alzheimer", I'd probably give it 8/10. What so special about "De Zaak Alzheimer"? It is a Belgian production, made with a limited budget and a cast and crew who doesn't have that much experience in making cop thrillers in an American style. So I'm convinced the movie is really worth the hype. Also that fact that the movie was nominated and won several awards in other countries, proves Erik Van Looy really made a good impression with his movie. I also heard they're negotiating for an American adaptation of the book, what also proves the value of the movie and the book.

A sequel? No, not a sequel but an adaptation of another book of Jef Geeraerts would be suitable. Erik Van Looy is also planning on doing this, but I read it is possible we will have to wait several years for this adaptation because the expectations will be high and Van Looy of course doesn't want to disappoint the audience.

To conclude my comment I can only repeat the fact that "De Zaak Alzheimer" is a great movie and I can't hardly wait to see the American adaptation (they talked about Morgan Freeman for one of the leading roles) and the next adaptation of a Jef Geeraerts-novel by Erik Van Looy.

9/10


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