Stander

Critics Consensus

An unsatisfying account of Stander's life.

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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 decides to undermine his own authority as an officer. His means for doing so is to moonlight as a bank robber, partly out of disgust for the force and partly as an adrenalin-fueled act of deception. After pulling more than two dozen heists, Stander is caught -- but it isn't long before he breaks out of jail, and fortified by two hardened-criminal pals, Lee (Dexter Fletcher) and Allan (David Patrick O'Hara), he resumes his anti-authoritarian crime sprees. Stander premiered at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.

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Cast

Thomas Jane
as Andre Stander
Dexter Fletcher
as Lee McCall
David O'Hara
as Allan Heyl
Deborah Kara Unger
as Bekkie Stander
Marius Weyers
as Gen. Stander
Ashley Taylor
as Cor Van Deventer
At Botha
as Gen. Viljoen
Lionel Newton
as Desk Sgt. Smit
Melanie Merle
as Sharmaine
Hannes Muller
as Jan Wortmann
Shaeleen Tobin
as Grace Wortmann
Sean Else
as Assistant Detective Ed Janis
Drummond Marais
as Prosecutor
Nicole Abel
as Young Lady in Bar
Waldemar Schultz
as Cop at Accident
Emgee Pretorius
as Wedding Judge
James Borthwick
as Vorster/Detective Groot
Graham Clarke
as Riot General
Andre Stolz
as Armourer
Robin Smith
as Loudspeaker Colonel
Allan Bevolo
as Riot Cop No. 1
Jacques Gombault
as Riot Cop No. 2
Anton Dekker
as Colonel
Drik Stoltz
as Cop at Slum Apartment
Lynn Hooker
as Elderly Woman
Iain Paton
as Macho Teller
Ben Krüger
as Bank Guard
Thomas Ramabu
as Sunglasses Hawker
Diaan Lawrenson
as Female Bank Teller
Cassidy Coombs
as Kidnapped Child
Anel Olsson
as Bank Teller
Steven Raymond
as Prisoner No. 1
Chris Steyn
as Prisoner No. 2
George Moolman
as Male Nurse
Ron Smerczak
as Wild Coast Cop
Clive Scott
as Bank Officer
John Lesley
as Old Man
Shafa'ath-Ahmad Khan
as Indian Tailor
Virgil Graham Hopkins
as Porsche Salesman
Paul Ditchfield
as Bank Manager
Ben Horowitz
as Mark Jennings
Charlotte Butler
as Marlene Henn
Matt Stern
as Celebrity Spotter
Kerry Hiles
as Tweaked Customer
Duncan Harling
as Airport Cop
Justin Strydom
as House Dick
Fredinand Rabie
as Barrier Cop
Dan Robbertse
as Onlooker No. 1
Errol Ballentine
as Onlooker No. 2
Shane Howarth
as Airport Cop
Tess Jubber
as Florida Girl
Gert White
as Frat Boy 1
Denton Douglas
as Frat Boy 2
Neil Coppen
as Blond God
Tyrone Akal
as Mustang Kid
Zaa Nkweta
as Black Officer
David Dukas
as White Officer
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Critic Reviews for Stander

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Audience Reviews for Stander

  • Oct 19, 2012
    Stander represents the early days of what has been a very interesting period of South African film making. Great action and use of music and camera work to bring out the best in the performers.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2012
    Thomas Jane has not been good in any film that I've ever seen him in, and I've seen quite a few. "Stander" proved me wrong; not only it the best performance of his career, but it's just an all-around great performance. He provides us with a sturdy and well-developed character. On top of that, "Stander" is engaging, exciting, involving, and unquestionably well-made. It's been a long time since I've watched a movie where I haven't checked the clock once at least once and with "Stander", I wasn't bored a single time. Now, there a couple of instances where it gets a little silly, but overall, "Stander" is a great film. Highly recommended.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2010
    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 s Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2007
    Great character piece and early performance by Thomas Jane
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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