Renegades (1989)

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Buster McHenry works as an undercover agent for the local police. Currently he investigates on police corruption and is in big trouble. His task makes him break the law, he participates in ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hank Storm
Marino (as Rob Knepper)
Denny Ransom
Red Crow
Matt (as Joe Griffin)
John Di Benedetto ...
Joseph Hieu ...
Gang Leader
Dee McCafferty ...
Cop Outside Bar
Heidi von Palleske ...
Hooker In Bar
Detective Geddles


Buster McHenry works as an undercover agent for the local police. Currently he investigates on police corruption and is in big trouble. His task makes him break the law, he participates in a robbery. Things really screw up as not only two men are shot, but also an ancient indian spear is stolen and Buster is wounded. Hank Storm, a young indian, is now after the spear and Buster is after his criminal 'comrades'. Both of them are outsiders in their way, but now they have the same target. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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2 June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lakota  »

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$9,015,164 (USA)

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Lou Diamond Phillips spent time with Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman and his tribe to help him prepare to play a Native American character. See more »


When Hank is explaining the battle concerning the lance to the Lakota kids at the end, he says "calvary" when he means "cavalry". See more »


Buster McHenry: Look over my shoulder and tell me if you see an Indian following me.
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24 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

RENEGADES is your standard buddy-buddy action cop thriller from the late '80s, with the twist here that one of the central twosome is a Native American and the other's, well, Kiefer Sutherland. Otherwise it's business as usual as the pair are forced into an unlikely partnership when they have to track down a gang of diamond thieves.

The film benefits immensely from the presence of skilled director Jack Sholder, straight from the excellent B-flick gem THE HIDDEN and bringing plenty of style in his wake. The early heist-turned-chase sequence is the definite highlight of the whole movie and although it never regains this level of expertise, it proves to be perfectly adequate.

The script is fairly routine but the addition of some Indian philosophy (and more than a little mumbo-jumbo) makes for a welcome change. Sutherland is a solid leading man even this early in his career, but Lou Diamond Phillips is the real star, bringing a zen-like calm to his character. RENEGADES isn't brilliant and certainly doesn't have the intensity of the likes of the first two LETHAL WEAPONs but it does pass the time well enough.

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