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

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Lee McCall
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Cor van Deventer
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General Stander
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General Viljoen
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Nicole Abel ...
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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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10 October 2003 (South Africa)  »

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Bom Polícia, Melhor Ladrão  »

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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 riot scenes were shot in Tembisa, where the real Andre Stander had been stationed on riot duty. The crew left most of the buildings as they were since they were old enough not to bear too many anachronisms. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, Stander is watching the news on a flat screen television. These were not on the market at that time. 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 Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Raw Power
Performed by The Stooges
Written by Iggy Pop and James Williamson
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Published by James Osterberg Music (BMI)
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One of the best South African films to date
5 October 2004 | by (Stellenbosch, South Africa) – See all my reviews

I've seen my share of South African films, being a South African myself, and I can tell you with pride and without hesitation that this was one of the best films from my country I've ever seen. I felt the protagonist's confusion and frustration. I cannot remember the last time I've wanted the bad guy to escape more than in this movie.

"ebhp1" commented on the accent, which made it difficult to understand the dialogue. I think it was a functional and very important part of the movie in an attempt to make it REAL. A movie about South Africans with an American accent? No. It's like making a British film French accents... I do have to congratulate the American actors who handled the accent so well. I even wondered if they were South African!

I take my hat off to you. A great movie with great actors.


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