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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.
Stander is the compelling, true story of Andre Stander (superbly played by Tom--formerly Thomas--Jane), an Apartheid-era, South African police captain whose disgust over official repression of the nation's black majority--and his own, lethal participation in those policies--leads to his career as a bank robber. Captured, imprisoned, and on the run after a successful escape, Stander joins two partners (Dexter Fletcher, David Patrick O'Hara) in a long string of bank heists across the country, uncertain of his destiny but yearning for his estranged wife (Deborah Unger). Co-screenwriter and director Bronwen Hughes (Forces of Nature) can't quite overcome the built-in redundancy of the film's latter half (lots of robberies, lots of disguises). But despite all the gunplay, Stander is most interesting for its understated fascination with the enigma of its anti-hero, who wreaks havoc yet is peculiarly committed to atoning--at great pain--for those actions he considers most unethical. --Tom Keogh
Andre Stander was a happily married Captain in the South African Police during the dark days of apartheid. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tommy Dooley
What a story and anaction-adventure. Stander is excellent. One of the most interesting stories based on a real life I have seen in a long time. Tom Jane's performance is excellent. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Directionline
Thomas Jane is.....
5-Stars. This movie is bonkers! LOOK AT THE COVER! Read more
3 1/2 stars. A solid, underrated little movie - a strange combo of biopic, character study, and old-school heist flick set in apartheid era South Africa. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Condor Libros
Tom Jane plays Andre Stander, a police captain in South Africa during Apartheid. He's becoming more and more disheartened by the way blacks are treated, and he's put over the edge... Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by Eric Sanberg
The fact that this DVD film, featuring Thomas Jane, is based on true events, makes it even better. A disillusioned ex-policeman in Africa, Jane turns from a 'rising star' on the... Read morePublished on May 14, 2011 by George Novak
Good movie from South Africa about a cop that starts to rob banks in protest of the South African pro-apartheid government.Published on August 23, 2010 by Corey
Stander was amazing in my opinion. I actually never heard of Thomas Jane until i watched '61' he played a good mickey mantle and then i caught 'the punisher' remake with him, also... Read morePublished on November 4, 2009 by Francis James