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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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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
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Sharmiane
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Ed Janis
Peter Gardner ...
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Drummond Marais ...
Prosecutor
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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South Africa's most wanted man See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,067, 6 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,067, 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

Andre Stander: A white man could do anything he wants today.
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Connections

Featured in Anatomy of a Scene: Stander (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

New York Moving
Performed by Ahzz
Written by Osbourne Hunter and Steve Boston
Courtesy of P&P Records/Peter Brown
Published by Soulstreet Music Publishing Inc.
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Exciting, funny and sad, an outstanding true-life tale
28 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

A thoughtful action film, well written, directed and acted. A potent blend of character study and social history, with a dynamic performance by Thomas Jane in the title role. What at first seems to be a kind of Robin Hood tale turns out to be much more complex and unsettling.

Director/co-writer Bronwen Hughes (can this really be the same person who directed "Harriet the Spy"?) finds just the right tone and pace. The Soweto riot scene is a knockout and sets the stage for Andre Stander's disillusionment. The overall film is reminiscent (in the best sense) of some of the classic Hollywood films of the late 60s, early 70s such as "Butch Cassidy" and "Dog Day Afternoon."


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