An undercover cop forms an alliance with a Native American to help him hunt down the criminals who stole an ancient Lakota tribal lance.


Jack Sholder


David Rich
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Buster McHenry
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Hank Storm
Jami Gertz ... Barbara
Robert Knepper ... Marino (as Rob Knepper)
Bill Smitrovich ... Finch
Clark Johnson ... JJ
Peter MacNeill ... Denny Ransom
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman ... Red Crow
Joseph Griffin ... Matt (as Joe Griffin)
John Di Benedetto John Di Benedetto ... Corso
Kyra Harper ... Nema
Joseph Hieu ... Gang Leader
Dee McCafferty ... Cop Outside Bar
Heidi von Palleske ... Hooker In Bar
Tom Butler ... 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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Even though the movie supposedly takes place in Philadelphia during the chase scene there are no license plates on the cars. Pennsylvania does not require 2 plates, only rear plates. 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: [when a dog tries to bite him] Chief, there's something wrong with the dog.
[the same dog licks Hank's hand]
Buster McHenry: Fuckin'...
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A dry thriller. (spoilers)
1 June 2006 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

I can't understand why the cop drama/action film 'Renegades' has such a steady following (relegating it, of course, to cult status), although I can guess that it's familiar cast--Sutherland, Phillips, and Gertz--had much to do with it, because this is certainly one bland, if not condescending "thriller." Kiefer Sutherland plays good cop and bad cop. He's working undercover investigating a ruthless gang leader who is in cahoots with a dirty cop and brokers a deal with the gang leader on a jewel heist in exchange for giving up the cop's name. But, the ruthless leader is of course, ruthlessly violent, and the heist goes seriously foul. When the leader decides to take with him a valuable Native American relic, killing one young man's brother in the action, Lou Diamond Phillips seeks revenge like a martial arts film.

This movie is wholly unconvincing. You can figure it out almost immediately who the "dirty cop" as it is done without any subtleties. The story lingers on far longer than it should, especially with all of the effects of car chases and explosions of a good (if not cheesy) action film, minus the need for all of it. With either Sutherland's arrogant and seemingly out-of-place character or Phillip's "spiritual-mined" character-with-a-vengeance, this film probably would've been much better, even if following more of a martial arts genre routine, with just the story of the Native American family seeking revenge on the drug dealer. There is something here that does not mesh between the two main leads. And Gertz is wasted altogether.

For a good 1980s cop thriller, look elsewhere.

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2 June 1989 (USA) See more »

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$3,075,030, 4 June 1989

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