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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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Good cop. Great criminal. See more »


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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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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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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

Allan Heyl: If you go fast enough, you can't see where you've come from.
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Featured in Anatomy of a Scene: Stander (2004) See more »

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New York Moving
Performed by Ahzz
Written by Osbourne Hunter and Steve Boston
Courtesy of P&P Records/Peter Brown
Published by Soulstreet Music Publishing Inc.
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Brilliant true crime film Thomas Jane was amazing
18 January 2004 | by See 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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