Watch: Stander 2003 123movies, Full Movie Online – In mid-1970s Johannesburg, white police officer Andre Stander (Thomas Jane) suffers a crisis of conscience due to his involvement in apartheid and becomes a notorious bank robber on the run. Then from 1983 to 1984, the “Stander gang” (Stander, Alan Heyl, and Patrick McCall) rob as many as four banks a day..
Plot: The life and career of Andre Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber.
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The True Saga of a Bank Robber
In 1976, in Johannesburg, the efficient anti-racist Homicide/Robbery Police Captain Andre Stander (Thomas Jane) has a nervous breakdown after killing an unarmed man in an apartheid protest. Stander decides to confront and mock the established corrupt system heisting twenty-six banks while working for the police department. He is captured and sentenced to thirty-two years in prison; however, he succeeds to escape with the criminals Lee McCall (Dexter Fletcher) and Allan Heyl (David Patrick O’Hara) and together they form “The Stander Gang” and rob another twenty banks in six months.
“Stander” tells the story of the notorious Afrikaner bank robber and former police captain Andre Stander. The movie works perfectly as an action movie, but if the intention was to give any political connotation to the actions of the anti-hero Stander, it completely fails. Stander is shown as an efficient but unbalanced man in love for his wife performed by the gorgeous Deborah Kara Unger that defies the system, not like a Robin Hood or to protect the black people, but for self-profit only. Thomas Jane has a great performance in the role of this complex character. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): “Stander Um Policial Contra o Sistema” (“Stander A Policeman Against the System”)
Stander: A True, Tragic Tale of Multiple Heartbreak
How many times do people have their hearts broken during the movie: Stander?
1. The viewer’s heart should break during the opening credits, which shows the visual contrast between the wealthy, white Afrikaner’s neighborhoods and the poor, black African’s slums. South Africa’s apartheid system during the seventies is the heartbreaking context in which the story takes place.
2. In the opening scene, Andre, the main character, and his wife are shown re-marrying one another. Their hearts have already been broken before the real story even begins; they are now trying to put the pieces of their broken relationship back together.
3. Andre’s heart is broken when, during the confusion of a riot, he shoots and kills a young, unarmed black man (this is the one, big heartbreak from which all other heartbreaks, from this point in the film on, will originate).
4. Andre breaks the heart of his best friend (a fellow cop) who, because Andre is robbing banks, is finally forced to arrest him (the friend also gets his heart broken when Andre refuses to heed the warning he gives him (i.e., that he is on to him) to stop).
5. Andre’s father’s heart is broken when he hears, on the news, that his son has been arrested for bank robbery.
6. Andre’s wife’s heart is broken when she hears, on the news, that he’s been arrested for bank robbery.
7. Andre’s heart is broken when his wife, after having pleaded with him not to put his job over their relationship, again, rejects him and his plan for the two of them to run away together. His heart is also broken by the fact that his wife doesn’t understand the heartbreak he feels for the blacks, especially the young man he killed, and the apartheid system he has been a part of.
8. Andre’s heart is broken again when he (later) sees his wife making love with another man.
9. Andre, the father of the young man that Andre killed, and all of the spectators, have their hearts broken when Andre seeks out the young man’s father to apologize to him for killing his son and submits himself to the father’s punishment (i.e., a good beating).
10. Andre’s heart is broken when he sees his friend, surrounded by the police, commit suicide by cop (going down in a hail of police bullets).
11. Allen, now the only surviving member of the Stander Gang besides Andre, relates to Andre a profound heartbreak he experienced in the past, occasioned by South Africa’s apartheid system, the rejection of which led him into his life of crime: the police had beaten a woman he loved, a black woman, and had cause the death of her child (she was pregnant, although not with Allen’s child).
12. As Andre and his friend Allen say their goodbyes, as each of them will now go their separate ways. Both of their hearts are broken by the end of their friendship.
13. Andre travels to the United States and arrives in Fort Lauderdale during Spring Break. A young woman approaches him, thinking he is a celebrity, and, for a moment, Andre appears to believe that he could fall in love again; perhaps even with this woman. She soon runs off to join the drinking festivities and Andre realizes how stupid it was for him to think he could ever fall in love and be happy again. You can see the heartbreak on his face.
14. Andre calls his father, pretending to be a black man who once worked for his father, and says his goodbyes to him. Heartbreaking. For both of them.
15. Andre then steals a car, runs a red light (on purpose), and leads two nearby police officers on a high speed chase (he is told, by the cops), that he had been going over 100 mph). When stopped, he wrestles a gun away from one of the cops and, with intention of using it (his intention being suicide by cop), points the gun at one of the officers. The other officer fires, twice, dropping Andre to the pavement, where he soon dies. His heartbreak finally over. This is the last scene.
16. As the credits roll, we are told the tragic, heartbreaking fates of two of the main characters: Andre’s wife later commits suicide, and Andre’s friend Allen is caught and sentenced to thirty-two years in prison. (Remember, this film is based on a true story.)
17. The viewer’s heart breaks again, at the end of this movie, because we know, now, how wrong South Africa’s apartheid system was. It’s over now. And it was this system of oppression which drove both Andre and Allen into their lives of crime in the first place. These were simply men with good consciences who could no longer tolerate being a part of the oppressive system and chose to revolt against it. In other words, in the end, they were proved right. Heartbroken, but right.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 51 min (111 min) (USA), 1 hr 56 min (116 min) (Toronto International)
Genre Action, Biography, Crime
Director Bronwen Hughes
Writer Bima Stagg
Actors Thomas Jane, David O’Hara, Dexter Fletcher
Country Canada, Germany, South Africa, United Kingdom
Awards 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4 Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, London, UK
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 200T 5274, Vision 500T 5279)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (master format), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm