Stander (2004)



Critic Consensus: An unsatisfying account of Stander's life.

Movie Info

A lawman fed up with the corruption in Apartheid-era South Africa takes to robbing banks in this gritty crime drama from writer/director Bronwen Hughes. The title Stander refers to Andre Stander (Thomas Jane), an ambitious second-generation policeman whose strategies and experience make him the perfect candidate for commander. But when the privileged Stander is chosen to direct the police force against a brutal, majority-led uprising in Soweto, he becomes so disgusted with his actions that he … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Ken Friedman, Bima Stagg, Bronwen Hughes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 2004
Newmarket Films - Official Site



as Andre Stander

as Lee McCall

as Allan Heyl

as Bekkie Stander

as Gen. Stander

as Cor Van Deventer

as Gen. Viljoen

as Desk Sgt. Smit

as Sharmaine

as Jan Wortmann

as Grace Wortmann

as Assistant Detective ...

as Prosecutor

as Young Lady in Bar

as Cop at Accident

as Wedding Judge

as Vorster/Detective Gr...

as Riot General

as Armourer

as Loudspeaker Colonel

as Riot Cop No. 1

as Riot Cop No. 2

as Colonel

as Cop at Slum Apartmen...

as Elderly Woman

as Macho Teller

as Bank Guard

as Sunglasses Hawker

as Female Bank Teller

as Kidnapped Child

as Bank Teller

as Prisoner No. 1

as Prisoner No. 2

as Male Nurse

as Wild Coast Cop

as Bank Officer

as Old Man

as Indian Tailor

as Porsche Salesman

as Bank Manager

as Mark Jennings

as Marlene Henn

as Celebrity Spotter

as Tweaked Customer

as Airport Cop

as House Dick

as Barrier Cop

as Onlooker No. 1

as Onlooker No. 2

as Airport Cop

as Florida Girl

as Frat Boy 1

as Frat Boy 2

as Blond God

as Mustang Kid

as Black Officer

as White Officer
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Critic Reviews for Stander

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (18)

Pumped by a soundtrack of period South African funk and dance music, propelled by whiplash montage sequences and rubber-burning Burt Reynolds-issue getaways, Stander is the very definition of good, old-fashioned outlawry.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Stander refuses to take a stand on its own subject matter.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Has you in its grip from the beginning.

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Worth a look, thanks mostly to Mr. Jane's troubled swagger and Ms. Hughes' sharp eye.

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Adds up to what is less a movie than an entertainingly episodic rap sheet.

August 19, 2004
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

better than expected

May 8, 2008

Audience Reviews for Stander


Genre: Crime. Based on real life story. IMDb Rating: Above 7.

Well, that was enough to set me going. But the experience was mixed. The script & screenplay isn't up-to-date here; it fails in properly fictionalizing the facts. Some of the sub-plots created to support the story at a later stage are too unconvincing.

After having killed an unarmed protesting citizen in a riot, Andre Stander, one of the captains of the riot squad, asks to free himself from that duty. He was already getting sick of the corruption around him & this riot event only worsened the matters for him. In the midst of this crisis, he begins to rob banks, but eventually gets arrested. He manages to escape, though, with a partner, & later manages to get one more of his inmates out. The three start robbing banks, which soon gains media's attention & the trio is thereby referred to as 'The Stander Gang' by the media & hence the public at large. After a while, Stander feels that he should escape with his wife. But his wife disapproves of his actions, saying: ?There?s not a thinking man among us that doesn?t want to blow this place to smithereens from time to time. But we don?t. We find other ways.? Despite of this, he plans an escape, to be followed by a final heist, with his partners. But do things work out the way they?d planned?

While the first half was good enough, much of the second half was messy. I'm not saying that the second half was absolute crappy. It had its highs & lows, but the lows were far more than the highs. One of the protagonists says: "We've written a pretty good story so far. Why not a perfect ending?" But the ending wasn't that great either. The creation of the South Africa in the 80s era is done quite well, though.

Thomas Jane is exceptional. The way he plays this complicated character is amazing. Deborah Unger is excellent. Dexter Fletcher & David O'Hara are passable.

All in all, the movie works in parts & is worth a shot for those parts, IMO. 6.5/10.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Great character piece and early performance by Thomas Jane

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

I bought this sight-unseen and turned out to really like it. Deborah Kara Unger can't really pull of the South Afircan accent, but otherwise this movie is areally good. I just wish it didn't end on such a down note. Oh well. It was still really good, and was peppered with humour.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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