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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurien Van den Broeck ... Bieke Cuypers
... Vader Cuypers
... Eric Vincke
Werner De Smedt ... Freddy Verstuyft
Hilde De Baerdemaeker ... Linda de Leenheer
... Tom Coemans
... Angelo Ledda
Patrick Descamps ... Gilles Resnais
Anne-Caroline Suberville ... Dienster
Jan Dyck ... Taxi Driver
Miek Van Bocxtaele ... Receptionist (as Miek Van Bocxstaele)
Deborah Ostrega ... Anja
... Seynaeve
Els Dottermans ... Eva Van Camp
... 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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Rated R for violence, sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »
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26 September 2005 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

The director (a big RAFC supporter) insisted that actor Gene Bervoets (a Beerschot supporter) whistle the anthem of RAFC in a scene where he's in the car (Beerschot and RAFC are both football clubs in Antwerpen, with 100 years of enmity dividing their fans). Gene Bervoets, however, agreed to do as requested immediately. Since his character is a complete bastard, he thought it quite logical that he would be an RAFC-fan. See more »

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Troughout the movie, the Antwerp police can be seen driving a Mercedes Vito. This car joined the force in 1999, while the movie is set in 1995. 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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References Heat (1995) See more »

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Some Of Us
Performed by Starsailor
Courtesy of EMI Music Ltd.
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Played during end credits
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Belgium's pride
30 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I don't know what the problem is with Belgium. For some reason or another almost no-one seems to make movies over here. If you compare it to Spain or France (just to name two other European countries) the number of movies made over here really is awfully low. The directors always complain that they don't have the money to make big productions, that the country is too small for real success... Nonsense, a good movie doesn't have to cost all that much and can still have a lot of success as De Zaak Alzheimer (or the Alzheimer Case for the people who don't speak Dutch) proved.

The movie is based on a novel written by Jef Geeraerts, one of Belgium's best writers when it comes to crime novels. Having read several of his books, I can assure you that the man is a good observer who really knows what he's talking about. For instance the hatred and envy between the different police forces isn't just made up by the writer. Every Belgian can assure you that it is really a big problem sometimes.

The story is about a professional hit-man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. He isn't able to remember any details, so he writes everything down on his arm. When he's hired to kill a 12 year old girl who was the victim of pedophiles, he doesn't do his job, but goes after the bad guys.

If a Spanish or French director made this movie, this would have been a huge success all over the world. Now the movie went by rather unnoticed. OK, here it was a huge success, but I'm sure that most people in other countries haven't heard of it before. Still this may well be called one of the best movies in Belgian history. It's true that it has a big American feeling, but that didn't bother me once and I heard that Hollywood is planning a remake of this movie, so Van Looy must have done something right. I give it an 8,5/10.


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