Stander (2004)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 16, 2004
DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An unsatisfying account of Stander's life.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Pumped by a soundtrack of period South African funk and dance music, propelled by whiplash montage sequences and rubber-burning Burt Reynolds-issue getaways, Stander is the very definition of good, old-fashioned outlawry.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Worth a look, thanks mostly to Mr. Jane's troubled swagger and Ms. Hughes' sharp eye.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Cleverly told true story from female Canadian filmmaker Bronwen Hughes.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Stander refuses to take a stand on its own subject matter.

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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News

Adds up to what is less a movie than an entertainingly episodic rap sheet.

Stefan Birgir Stefansson

better than expected

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Has you in its grip from the beginning.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Stander attempts to pass itself off as a fast-paced caper picture doubling as a socially conscious apartheid drama but ends up equally unconvincing in both departments.

Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

STANDER deserves recommendation as fascinating film that confirms the old adage of truth being stranger than fiction.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
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… More
Al S
Tom Jane is brilliant. A true movie star performance. It's a slick, stylish and highly entertaining crime drama. Driven by a hip soundtrack and great… More
Ken Stachnik
Great character piece and early performance by Thomas Jane
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Based on a true story, "Stander" begins in 1976 when Andre Stander(Thomas Jane) is the youngest captain in the Johannesburg… More
Emily Armstrong
I bought this sight-unseen and turned out to really like it. Deborah Kara Unger can't really pull of the South Afircan accent, but otherwise this movie is… More
John Ballantine
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… More