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on 23 November 2005
Based upon the true life story of a Police Captain in the South African Police force during the peak of apartheid unrest in the late 70’s, when he becomes more and more appalled at the actions of the force (culminating with his killing an unarmed man in the Soweto riots), Stander becomes the countries most successful bank robber (and respected by the general population) in an effort to highlight that it’s not just the black man that commits the crimes. The film becomes more and more interesting as the situation gets more and more out of control, with the whole force desperately trying to catch him as he (and his gang) make the force look like idiots. This is an exciting film, very well acted (especially by the lead Thomas Jane) and directed very effectively. This deserved more than a straight to dvd release here in the UK.
A gem!
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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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on 16 September 2005
Based on a true story,this movie is great!I picked up this movie and never thought it would be this good,I was so wrong.Its unbelievable in places and honestly if this film wasnt true you would think the director is having a laugh in making this film.The way in which the Stander gang went about robbing banks and their disguises,were truely on times ridiculous you had to pinch yourself and ask did this actually happen!The acting is good,Directing superb and Thomas Jane is excellent,this has got to be one of the films of the year.If you love Thomas Jane this film is for you,see it to believe it you will not be disappointed!!!!
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VINE VOICEon 8 April 2011
My wife is South African, and her dad was once involved in the hunt for Stander, so when I found this on Amazon... well, I had to get it.

This is a solid action film, managing to not only depict the seventies without falling to cliché, but almost feeling like it could have been made then. Some will doubtless take issue with the Stander gang being depicted as largely sympathetic, but with two dead and one in prison, the "crime does not pay" message nevertheless comes across loud and clear.

In tone, the film has a nice balance, managing to convey a serious message while never feeling bogged down in didactics; there's always an undertone of typically South African humour to take the edge off the more grimdark elements. Particular highlights are the scenes that are classic Stander; returning (as an investigating officer) to his own crime scenes, and pulling a handbrake turn to go back to a bank he just robbed after hearing on the radio of a hidden safe he missed.

Those who have been to South Africa are likely to be particularly interested - my wife is from Durban, so when we near the end of the film spotted the front of the Blue Waters (a notable Durban hotel) transplanted to "Fort Lauderdale"... well, it's nice to recognise things.

All in all, a film well worth watching. And rewatching.
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on 30 May 2016
This is an excellent film, the acting is great with plenty of action. Based on a true story and shows South Africa from a white perspective for a change in a movie made about South Africa. Watch it, you will not be disappointed.
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on 17 August 2005
True story of Andre Stander, a legendey bank robberer in south africa. Great directing, good editing and excellent story. Thomas jane's best film ever, he should have more roles like this, he could be the next robert de niro. One to buy for the collection.
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on 30 January 2014
This tells the True story of a Captain in the South African Police Force during the Barbaric years of Apartheid. He is sickened by way that the Black people are treated, so he turns into a modern Robin Hood by Robbing from Rich White establishments and giving the money to the Black Residents.Each Crime becomes more daring and heart pounding. This is a Great movie.
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on 23 February 2006
This movie is a true-life reenactment of Andrè Stander Life.
Andrè is head detective of Johannesburg’s murder and robbery squad and loses faith is
the South African law system in 1967. Out of frustration he turns on the law and starts robbing banks only to be assigned his own robbery case the for the next year.
Comparing to Movies like Bandits and Ned Kelly it offers a view on South Africa’s
Most Legendary bank robber and the reasons behind his drastic actions.
Apartheid, Action and friendship are the main themes of this Movie and it is a must see.
Also the director has gone to grate lengths to reenact the township riots of the 1967’s.
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on 9 March 2014
As a Thomas Jane fan, I picked this up on a whim and loved it. One of his best performances and arguable his best overall movie, closely followed by The Mist, which is a guilty pleasure of mine.
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on 30 March 2006
Based on the true story of South African Police captain Andre Stander, this film is a really good account of both his crime spree in the late '70s/early '80s and also the injustices of Apartheid. Beautifully directed it looks very period and the acting, particularly Thomas Jane in the title role is brilliant.
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