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

Director:

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 ... 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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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Thomas Jane initially turned down his role. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, Stander is watching the news on a flat screen television. These were not on the market at that time. See more »

Quotes

Allan Heyl: If you go fast enough, you can't see where you've come from.
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Connections

References Starsky and Hutch (1975) 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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"If you're a white guy, you can get away with anything"
7 July 2005 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

So speaks Andre Stander the day after a massive riot in Johannesburg South Africa in which Stander as a police captain finds himself killing a Zulu man in a morally shattering encounter. This utter disillusionment with the police force and their responses to the Apartheid situation makes Stander withdraw emotionally and physically from the Riot Squad and eventually his challenge that the blacks are unduly mistreated leads him to break the white laws by initiating a string of bank robberies - not for money but for a bizarre sort of revenge.

Stander (Tom Jane) is good at what he does, both as a cop and as a criminal, but his clever bank heists eventually result in his being jailed where he finds two partners (David O'Hara and Dexter Fletcher) to join him in escape and in one of the longest bank robbery sprees in the history of South Africa. Stander remains conflicted: he loves his new wife Bekkie (Deborah Kara Unger), he knows what he is doing is wrong, but the money is often shared with the blacks of Johannesburg, and he is driven to leave South Africa to eventually locate in Lauderdale, Florida. The eventual results of this man's career bring this film to a close in an action packed yet very soulful way.

The film, as written by Bima Stagg and directed by Bronwen Hughes captures the atmosphere of the era in South Africa, and gives us a realistic look at the plight of the Africans in the Apartheid, offering insights to both sides of the conflict like few others have in film. He coaxes fine performances from his large cast of actors and extras, making this film less an action thriller than a character study of the enigmatic Andre Stander.

The true star of this film, a film that deserves far more attention than it has been given, is Tom Jane. Jane is a strong actor, able to take on language accents with the best of them, and able to make us understand the spectrum of personality in this fascinating character. There are many scenes in which he plays in full nudity, quite apropos to the story, but just an indication of his commitment to 'fleshing out' of his role. He is an actor to watch, an actor unafraid of tough roles in contrast to the showy Hollywood star parts. Grady Harp


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