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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee McCall
Allan Heyl (as David Patrick O'Hara)
Cor van Deventer
General Stander
At Botha ...
General Viljoen
Lionel Newton ...
Sergeant Smit
Melanie Merle ...
Ed Janis
Peter Gardner ...
Patrick Mynhardt ...
Wikus du Toit ...
Drummond Marais ...
Nicole Abel ...
Young Lady


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

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Good cop. Great criminal. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


In one version of the film poster, the character Stander is shown holding a weapon. The weapon is a South African Mechem BXP submachine gun. It was not produced until four years after the real Andre Stander died. See more »


Allan Heyl: If you go fast enough, you can't see where you've come from.
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Featured in Anatomy of a Scene: Stander (2004) See more »


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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User Reviews

Just watched...amazing!
2 January 2005 | by (New Brunswick Canada) – See all my reviews

I just watched this movie yesterday. I guess it just got released, but I couldn't find it. Luckily someone put it online.

Anyway, this movie was incredible. Since watching the movie, I did some research, and this move was completely based on actual events and facts. Only robbing the same bank twice in one day was fictional.

Tom Jane was great in the role as Andre Stander, and was excellent in his confidence within the character. its too bad this film wasn't more popular in North America

I am going to have to buy the DVD. Hopefully it will have some interesting extras

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