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Stander (2003)

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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
Lionel Newton ...
Sergeant Smit
Melanie Merle ...
Sharmiane
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Ed Janis
Peter Gardner ...
Allums
Patrick Mynhardt ...
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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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Rated R for violence, language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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10 October 2003 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

Bom Polícia, Melhor Ladrão  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$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

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

Allan Heyl: If you go fast enough, you can't see where you've come from.
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References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

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Additional score
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The True Saga of a Bank Robber
30 March 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1976, in Johannesburg, the efficient anti-racist Homicide/Robbery Police Captain Andre Stander (Thomas Jane) has a nervous breakdown after killing an unarmed man in an apartheid protest. Stander decides to confront and mock the established corrupt system heisting twenty-six banks while working for the police department. He is captured and sentenced to thirty-two years in prison; however, he succeeds to escape with the criminals Lee McCall (Dexter Fletcher) and Allan Heyl (David Patrick O'Hara) and together they form "The Stander Gang" and rob another twenty banks in six months.

"Stander" tells the story of the notorious Afrikaner bank robber and former police captain Andre Stander. The movie works perfectly as an action movie, but if the intention was to give any political connotation to the actions of the anti-hero Stander, it completely fails. Stander is shown as an efficient but unbalanced man in love for his wife performed by the gorgeous Deborah Kara Unger that defies the system, not like a Robin Hood or to protect the black people, but for self-profit only. Thomas Jane has a great performance in the role of this complex character. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Stander – Um Policial Contra o Sistema" ("Stander – A Policeman Against the System")


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