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Top view of a parking space in a city in South Africa. The painted numbers on the road to indicate the parking space number for parking meter purposes, was only introduced in South Africa at least after 2000. See more »
I'm tried for robbing banks. But, I have killed unarmed people.
That is not the business of the court.
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A South African policeman rebels against the repression of the state and becomes one of the most prolific bank robbers in history
This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time, it really is a well scripted, acted and directed film. Thomas Jane is excellent in the title role of Andre Stander, a highly decorated Johannesburg detective who, after becoming despondent with his life in the oppressive South African police force, embarks on an audacious series of bank robberies. David O'Hara and Dexter Fletcher were also well cast as Stander's accomplices in this most enjoyable of crime capers.
The writing, script and dialogue were well crafted, whilst watching this film you might feel that Bima Stagg has a great imagination to spin such an unbelievable tale, incredibly though the film is a true story. Although the film is the tale of one mans rebellion against the system, it maintains an air of humour. Far from trivialising the story this reinforces the sheer audacity of the crime spree that ensues. I would highly recommend this film.
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