Stander


1h 56m 2004

Brief Synopsis

Andre Stander is a young, white policeman enjoying the comforts of middle-class married life in late-1970s South Africa, a country riven by Apartheid. Deeply affected by the indiscriminate killing he witnesses and takes part in during Riot Patrol, Stander wordlessly makes a decision to defy the very

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Distribution Company
NEWMARKET FILMS/ODEON FILMS (CANADA)
Location
South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m

Synopsis

Andre Stander is a young, white policeman enjoying the comforts of middle-class married life in late-1970s South Africa, a country riven by Apartheid. Deeply affected by the indiscriminate killing he witnesses and takes part in during Riot Patrol, Stander wordlessly makes a decision to defy the very system he has spent a lifetime enforcing. Stander's form of civil disobedience, however, takes an unusual form: a series of audacious, high-flying bank robberies, with the young police officer oftentimes returning to the scene of the crime as the lead investigating officer. Finally apprehended by his colleagues, Stander is jailed and subsequently befriends outlaws Allan Heyl and Lee McCall. Following a daring prison break, the "Stander Gang" commits dozens of bank robberies across the country, heists that grow increasingly bolder over time. In the eyes of the public, the Stander Gang's nose-thumbing disrespect for authority makes them into near-legendary folk heroes, modern-day equivalents of Bonnie & Clyde. To the South African government, however, the former police officer is a cause of embarrassment, and the Stander Gang are the most wanted men in the country.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Distribution Company
NEWMARKET FILMS/ODEON FILMS (CANADA)
Location
South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer August 6, 2004

Released in United States on Video July 5, 2005

Released in United States January 2004

Newmarket Film Group acquired U.S. distribution rights at the 2003 Toronto International Festival.

Released in United States Summer August 6, 2004

Released in United States on Video July 5, 2005

Released in United States January 2004 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema) January 15-25, 2004.)