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 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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Rated R for violence, language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The filmmakers got to talk to Allan Heyl, one of Andre Stander's accomplices who was paroled on May 18, 2005; Cor van Deventer, his police partner; and the warden of the prison where Andre was incarcerated. See more »

Goofs

On the DVD commentary, director Bronwen Hughes points out that although the Toyi-Toyi's presented in the film are authentic, the AK47 Toyi-Toyi is a later incarnation of the chant, much more aggressive than the one that would have been used in the mid-1970's when the riot scenes take place. 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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Connections

Referenced in Drew: The Man Behind the Poster (2013) See more »

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Buffalo Soldier
Written by King Sporty (as Noel Williams) and Bob Marley
Used by permission of EMI Virgin Soungs, Inc
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Did It Show In USA,UK,Aus Or NZ ?
18 October 2004 | by gerrit843See all my reviews

Hi, Stander was an absolute blast of a movie. Well directed & true the origins. Andre Stander (according to newspapers in SA)was deeply shocked by events and did feel a need to break away from what he felt was wrong, incl.the government's way at the time. Thomas Jane is a great actor and to have learned the accent - Wow! He looks so much like the real Stander. Stander as a movie is compare able to 'Blow' from Johnny Depp which was also a true 'story' movie. I felt the best thing from the movie was the fact that they made Johannesburg look so much like it did in the 80's and the cars they used, with all the different number plates, as well as the old bank names, was a classy touch. Johannesburg looks so nice and clean, like it used to be.

Now did it open worldwide, or at least in the USA, or UK on the 6 / 13th August? So did anyone manage to see it ?Because in SA it has since been on TV & DVD.


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Release Date:

10 October 2003 (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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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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