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Step by Step (2002)

Un honnête commerçant (original title)
The police suspects Hubert Verkamen of having murdered a whole family. Verkamen keeps claiming he is only an honest tradesman but the cops know very well that he is a dangerous drug ... See full summary »


Philippe Blasband
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Verhaert Benoît Verhaert ... Hubert Verkamen
Philippe Noiret ... Louis Chevalier
Yolande Moreau ... L'inspecteur Chantal Bex
Frédéric Bodson Frédéric Bodson ... L'inspecteur Jean Denoote
Serge Larivière ... L'inspecteur Patrice Mercier
Patrick Hastert Patrick Hastert ... Raoul
Jean-Michel Vovk Jean-Michel Vovk ... Le tueur cheuve
Philippe Jeusette Philippe Jeusette ... Le tueur nerveux
Frédéric Topart Frédéric Topart ... Le tueur baraqué
Marie-Anne Lorge Marie-Anne Lorge ... La secrétaire
Olindo Bolzan Olindo Bolzan ... Jean-François Samson
Lucas Van den Eynde ... Le Hollandais
Michel Bogen Michel Bogen ... Jean-Louis
Michel Kacenelenbogen Michel Kacenelenbogen ... Jean-Louis (as Michel Bogen)
Alain Holtgen Alain Holtgen ... L'employé des contributions rondouillard


The police suspects Hubert Verkamen of having murdered a whole family. Verkamen keeps claiming he is only an honest tradesman but the cops know very well that he is a dangerous drug trafficker. During a ruthless interrogation police detectives Jean Denoote and Chantal Bex try by all available means to make Verkamen talk. But with as sly a fox as him, it is easier said than done... Written by Guy Bellinger

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Thriller




Belgium | Luxembourg



Release Date:

11 September 2002 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Honest Dealer See more »

Filming Locations:

Liège, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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Color (Fujicolor)
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Did You Know?


The screenplay was awarded the "Prix Manuscrit de Vercorin" in 1993. See more »


When Verkamen comes to see Chevalier after the detectives' questions about Chevalier's death, the boom and the man holding it are clearly visible in the mirror behind Chevalier's desk for several seconds. See more »

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Absorbing, sophisticated
9 August 2004 | by mpeters-7See all my reviews

This movie is also being rented out as "an honest dealer", and may be referred to as "step by step" - although there is another movie called "step by step" which is not "Un honnête commerçant". So, there. To those who need a bit of a respite from the Hollywood type heavy duty drug dealer drama, this provides welcome relief. A very absorbing and riveting tale that makes up for the lack of fisty-cuffs and knock-em down drag-em-out by a very inventive plot. Set in Belgium though it hardly matters where. You will be very busy trying to second-guess the principal character's reasons for saying and doing what he says and does. You will not be bored ! Subtitles are of the new generation - they stand out clearly and are easily read without visual idiocies so common in older subtitles. Outstanding acting by the character in the starring role and the usual fine performance one would expect from Phillippe Noiret.

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