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Stander [Import]

4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Thomas Jane, David O'Hara, Dexter Fletcher, Deborah Kara Unger, Ashley Taylor
  • Directors: Bronwen Hughes
  • Writers: Bima Stagg
  • Producers: Chris Roland, David E. Allen, Eric Sandys, Frank Hübner, Hillard Elkins
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • Release Date: Dec 21 2004
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000683VHK
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Deeply affected by the indiscriminate killing he witnesses as white police officer in South Africa,Andres Stander (played by Tom Jane) makes a decision to defy the very system has has spent a lifetime enforcing. Turning his back on the law, he masterminds a series of audacious bank robberies and befriending outlaws Allan Heyl and Lee McCall goes on a cross-country robbing spree. Known only as the "Stander Gang," the three commit dozens of bank robberies - heists that grow increasingly bolderover time. In the eyes of the public, the gang's disrespect for authority makes them near-lengendary folk heroes. To the South African government, however, the former police officer is a cause of embarressment, and the Stander gang quickly becomes the most wanted men in the country.

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This movie wasn't promoted a lot, and of course not a lot of people saw it or even rent it, but I asure, it's a great movie. It's based on a true story of the life of Andre Stander. South African police who saw corruption and decided to turn Bank robber to prove it. The problem is that he got too much into it. I'm not familiar with the casts, but it's a great performance from all. I will recomand this movie for those who like true life story. Again, Good story, good performance, lots of actions and emotional ending.
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Andre Stander was a happily married Captain in the South African Police during the dark days of apartheid. He worked at a time when it was compulsory to do ‘riot duty’ in the township ghettoes, this is covered in the film. Then he decided one day to rob a bank and by all accounts he ruddy well loved it. He went on a massive crime spree – but it was not too long before his erstwhile colleagues caught him – but the adventure was not about to end because of a pesky prison sentence – this purports to tell his story.

Now I say purports because there has been a bit of licence taken with his actual story, which was obviously a deliberate choice of the film makers, but if this whets your appetite then do check him out further. Portrayed as a frustrated Robin Hood sometimes, and a clear career criminal at others he appears to have been someone that was hard to define in any neat way.

The film though is really well made with great period detail and some fine performances and indeed accents – Thomas Jane as Stander shows what an impressive actor he can be and why he should get better gigs. Ably supported by Dexter Fletcher and Deborah Kara Unger as Stander’s wife Bekkie; this is for those who like a bit of a thriller and a bit of realism thrown into the mix – one I missed first time round and am glad I finally got to see it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99cef288) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e72120) out of 5 stars It IS a true story! Dec 3 2004
By Stefan De Jager - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I watched this recently on DVD in South Africa - it is frighteningly realistic - the accents, cars etc etc. This is the TRUE story of the Andre Stander legacy - I remember him and his gang being in the news all the time - each time getting more and more adventurous. Get it - watch it - great movie as well as being factually correct - 90% of the time.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b6e1c8) out of 5 stars "If you're a white guy, you can get away with anything" Dec 24 2004
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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, December 2004
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b43ee8) out of 5 stars Amazing: Truth Stranger Than Fiction May 20 2005
By G P Padillo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Stander was one of the least watched and most amazing films of the year. Tom Jane gives a startling, heart ripping, pulse pounding portrayal of outlaw Andre Stander. Stander was the notorious Johannesburg police officer shocked and revolted by what he witnessed as an officer in apartheid driven South Africa. To prove what's wrong Stander embarks on a career of crime - bank robberies to be specific, and he finds he's good at it. Very good indeed.

Though we know what he's doing is inherently wrong, one cannot not route for Stander as he and his gang become more and more daring and flamboyant with their bank heists.

The supporting cast is up to the challenge and Deborah Kara Unger gives a standout performance as Stander's much put-upon wife whom he never stops loving.

Rare is the film that combines such strong social and political commentary with rip-roaring action adventure. This is a truly remarkable effort from director Bronwyn Hughes who'd previously given us fluff like "Harriet the Spy" and the Ben Affleck challenged "Forces of Nature." If she makes more films like "Stander" - she could be collecting gold statuettes.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3b3cd8) out of 5 stars Great Piece of Cinematic Acheivement Dec 17 2004
By Jeffrey Macesin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Well I live in Montreal, and I had to wait 4 months for this film to get to my one and local theatre. This movie is the true story based on the legend of Andre Stander (Thomas Jane) and his memembers of the Stander bank robbing gang. Andre is a normal man like you and I living the life as a cop. But times are getting harder and harder for Andre with all the warefforts he must complete in Africa. He then realizes why arrest the bad guys while you can be one, and goes on a rampage of bank roberys with great skill. This film was made for a certain audience and they will enjoy it. The acting by Thomas Jane is briliant and I personaly think he should be nominated for something in this film. Well now all I jsut wanna know is were can I find that crazy theme song they have for the movie...its like the theme from the first Driver video game its great anyways ur going to love this movie. BUY IT!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99cf8f30) out of 5 stars great robbery movie Jan. 8 2005
By Jack Thanatos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
there is just something about a cop who does bad things that just seems so true. at least this dude ain't trying to hide the fact that he is scandelous. this movie surprised me. at first i thought it was just gonna be another cheesy action flick, but once the storyline started to pick up, you really feel as if it was happening. from the time where tom jane shot that man who was running at him and all the way through, it was just a great set of action sequences placed together. it is definately worth a look for anyone who likes to see the robber's side of the story.