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The life and career of Andre Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber.

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Cast

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Lee McCall
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Allan Heyl (as David Patrick O'Hara)
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Cor van Deventer
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General Stander
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General Viljoen
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Sergeant Smit
Melanie Merle ...
Sharmiane
Sean Else ...
Ed Janis
Peter Gardner ...
Allums
Patrick Mynhardt ...
Judge
Wikus du Toit ...
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Drummond Marais ...
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Nicole Abel ...
Young Lady
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Storyline

In the early 1980's, a white police officer (Andres Stander, played by Thomas Jane) in Johannesburg suffers a crisis of conscience due to his involvement in apartheid and becomes a notorious bank robber on the run. Then from 1983 to 1984, the "Stander gang" (Stander, Alan Heyl & Patrick McCall) rob as many as four banks a day. Written by screenwritersutopia.com

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Good cop. Great criminal. See more »


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

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Release Date:

10 October 2003 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

Bom Polícia, Melhor Ladrão  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$100,509 (South Africa) (10 October 2003)

Gross:

$19,067 (USA) (6 August 2004)
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Trivia

The town of Tembisa was enthusiastic about filming the Apartheid rally scene. 1,300 extras were recruited for the riot scene, and many additional locals joined in on the day, rushing in while the cameras were rolling. See more »

Goofs

In the film, Andre Stander received a 32 year sentence for his bank robberies. In real life, he was in fact sentenced to a total of 75 years. See more »

Quotes

Andre Stander: I'm tried for robbing banks. But, I have killed unarmed people.
Judge: That is not the business of the court.
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Connections

References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Star & the Wiseman
aka "Inkanyezi Nezazi"
Performed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Written by Joseph Shabalala
Courtesy of Gallo Music International
Plubished by Music of Windswept (ASCAP) O/B/O Gallo Music Publishers (SA)
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Brilliant true crime film Thomas Jane was amazing
18 January 2004 | by (Utah) – See all my reviews

I Just got back from a screening of This film at the Sundance film festival, and there are some corrections that need to be made from some of the other comments. After the screening the director did a Q&A where when asked was all this true, she said oddly enough "the outrageous stuff was true, and we had to add normal plot fillers to help it dramatically."

Stander never planned his robberies, he was a criminal who was sick of seeing the violence against the unarmed citizens, and tired of the crookedness of police life, that he rebelled against the system, just as a political act, not a need for money.

This film has plenty of great action scenes and alot of great comedy as well as brilliant acting by the whole cast, especially Thomas Jane who shines as Stander.

Outside of the violence and fun, there is a very powerful moral story, one of right and wrong, politics and the lonely life of a criminal. One theme I love was repeated throughout, and that is that the wrong man is always punished, or killed, when we should be looking at our government officials and their corruption, we spend too much time on the little criminals.

Very fascinating, and fun to watch, as well as thought provoking, once again the Q&A would answer all of the problems other posters had with the film, because the stuff they did not like was the actual facts behind the characters lives, just AMAZING!!


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