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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Andre Stander
... Lee McCall
... Allan Heyl (as David Patrick O'Hara)
... Bekkie Stander
... Cor van Deventer
... General Stander
At Botha ... General Viljoen
Lionel Newton ... Sergeant Smit
Melanie Merle ... Sharmiane
Sean Else ... Ed Janis
Peter Gardner ... Allums
Patrick Mynhardt ... Judge
Wikus du Toit ... Lawyer
Drummond Marais ... Prosecutor
Nicole Abel ... Young Lady
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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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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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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 town of Tembisa was enthusiastic about filming the Apartheid rally scene. 1,300 extras were recruited for the riot scene, and many additional locals joined in on the day, rushing in while the cameras were rolling. 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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References Starsky and Hutch (1975) See more »

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Performed by David Holmes
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Like a Great, Forgotten Movie From the 70s
16 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

_Stander_ was completely fascinating, from start to finish. I don't know when the last time was I saw a movie that I enjoyed so completely. It really was like some overlooked classic from the early 70s, in the styles and the composition. The colors have just the right washed-out look to make you think this film might be a contemporary of films like _Dog Day Afternoon_ or _Network_. And the settings, the costumes, the cars--all the period details bring us right back to the mid-70s. Never having visited South Africa and not really knowing that much about it, I almost feel like I've had a bit of a crash course in South African history and culture after watching the film. It's amazing that Thomas Jane, who hasn't exactly had the most memorable career to date, could so completely inhabit this character and bring him to life. This is the same guy who was the romantic lead in the insipid _The Sweetest Thing_! And the morose protagonist of _The Punisher_. He needs to keep stretching and looking for these more offbeat roles. And it's always a pleasure to see the beautiful Deborah Kara Unger in a film--here she plays Stander's wife. I won't recount the plot--plenty of other posters have already--but just urge you to rent this movie if you get the chance. It was immensely entertaining.


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