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Stander (2003)

Cast: Thomas Jane, Thomas Jane, Dexter Fletcher, more...
Director: Bronwen Hughes, Bronwen Hughes
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Manhunt, Cops, Africa, South Africa, UK, Quest, Manhunt, Manhunt
Running Time: 116 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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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. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide

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Should be seen by willemsmit April 1, 2006 - 1:09 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Thomas Jane, an American, does an unbelievable job in this movie. Born in South Africa during the Apartheid era and knowing of the Stander gang, this was an interesting angle at the situation. I thoroughly enjoyed it...

Thomas Jane, master of disguise by MahouShoujoCai March 13, 2006 - 12:29 PM PST
This movie is really enjoyable for a number of reasons. First of all, it presented a really chilling look at what South Africa was like under apartheid, and the moral dilemma that presented for people like Andre Stander. Secondly, while it showed this political aspect of the story, it was mostly a criminal caper movie, with all the fun car chases, costume changes and on the run antics of the Stander gang. Since it takes place in the late seventies, the cars and the clothes are fantastic, its like watching Thomas Jane star in the Sabotage video by the Beastie Boys. Thirdly, the tone is just right in this film; it knows when to be funny and when to be tragic, just the right balance of each to make it a fun watch that is still thought provoking at the end. Finally, I think Thomas Jane just likes to be naked, and he indulges that particular whim in this movie, which I approve of. I want to encourage him to continue to keep this a priority in roles that he chooses. Along with great writing, you know, of course.

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(Average 7.30)
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Thomas Jane can punish me anyday.
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