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

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Bronwen Hughes

Writer:

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 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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Taglines:

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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Details

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 USA:

$19,067, 8 August 2004

Gross USA:

$31,651

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$272,791
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Runtime:

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

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 »

Quotes

Andre Stander: I'm tried for robbing banks. But, I have killed unarmed people.
Judge: That is not the business of the court.
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Soundtracks

Buffalo Soldier
Written by King Sporty (as Noel Williams) and Bob Marley
Used by permission of EMI Virgin Soungs, Inc
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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
11 July 2005 | by ocalldgSee all my reviews

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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