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

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Bima Stagg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Jane ... Andre Stander
Dexter Fletcher ... Lee McCall
David O'Hara ... Allan Heyl (as David Patrick O'Hara)
Deborah Kara Unger ... Bekkie Stander
Ashley Taylor ... Cor van Deventer
Marius Weyers ... General Stander
At Botha At Botha ... General Viljoen
Lionel Newton Lionel Newton ... Sergeant Smit
Melanie Merle Melanie Merle ... Sharmiane
Sean Else ... Ed Janis
Peter Gardner Peter Gardner ... Allums
Patrick Mynhardt Patrick Mynhardt ... Judge
Wikus du Toit Wikus du Toit ... Lawyer
Drummond Marais Drummond Marais ... Prosecutor
Nicole Abel 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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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | Germany | South Africa | UK

Language:

English | Afrikaans | Zulu

Release Date:

10 October 2003 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Bom Polícia, Melhor Ladrão See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 an early scene between police and protestors, a Bell 407 helicopter is seen providing air support. The Bell 407 was introduced into commercial use in 1996, twenty years after the events depicted. See more »

Quotes

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

References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Brilliant true crime film Thomas Jane was amazing
18 January 2004 | by willden21See all my reviews

I Just got back from a screening of This film at the Sundance film festival, and there are some corrections that need to be made from some of the other comments. After the screening the director did a Q&A where when asked was all this true, she said oddly enough "the outrageous stuff was true, and we had to add normal plot fillers to help it dramatically."

Stander never planned his robberies, he was a criminal who was sick of seeing the violence against the unarmed citizens, and tired of the crookedness of police life, that he rebelled against the system, just as a political act, not a need for money.

This film has plenty of great action scenes and alot of great comedy as well as brilliant acting by the whole cast, especially Thomas Jane who shines as Stander.

Outside of the violence and fun, there is a very powerful moral story, one of right and wrong, politics and the lonely life of a criminal. One theme I love was repeated throughout, and that is that the wrong man is always punished, or killed, when we should be looking at our government officials and their corruption, we spend too much time on the little criminals.

Very fascinating, and fun to watch, as well as thought provoking, once again the Q&A would answer all of the problems other posters had with the film, because the stuff they did not like was the actual facts behind the characters lives, just AMAZING!!


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