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Renegade (2004)

Blueberry (original title)
In 1870, after a brutal run-in with an outlaw in a brothel, Mike Blueberry becomes marshal in Arizona where he keeps the peace between Whites and Apaches but an influx of Indian gold treasure-hunters threatens to lead to violence.

Director:

Jan Kounen

Writers:

Matthieu Le Naour (screenplay) (as Matt Alexander), Alexandre Coquelle (screenplay) (as Matt Alexander) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Cassel ... Mike Blueberry
Juliette Lewis ... Maria Sullivan
Michael Madsen ... Wallace Sebastian Blount
Temuera Morrison ... Runi
Ernest Borgnine ... Rolling Star
Djimon Hounsou ... Woodhead
Hugh O'Conor ... Young Mike Blueberry
Geoffrey Lewis ... Greg Sullivan
Nichole Hiltz ... Lola (as Nicole Hiltz)
Kateri Walker ... Kateri
Vahina Giocante ... Madeleine
Guillermo Arévalo Guillermo Arévalo ... Kheetseen (as Kestenbetsa)
Tchéky Karyo ... Uncle
Eddie Izzard ... Prosit
Colm Meaney ... Jimmy McClure
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Storyline

Alledged wayward adolescent Louisiana gentleman Michael 'Mike' Blueberry is dumped by his family with a Wild West uncle. The brute's only 'motivation' is a stick. After a nearly fatal encounter in the brothel with Wallace 'Wally' Sebastian Blount, Mike is left for dead in the desert. A Chiricuahua (Apache) medicine man's family finds, nurses and initiates him. After the shaman's death, Mike returns and becomes the town's honest 'deputy' marshal. Gold fever strikes, with staged Indian brutalities to allow rivaling fiends to invade their sacred mountains. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When the angels kiss the demons,... you'd better be ready. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | Mexico | UK

Release Date:

11 February 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Renegade See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR36,100,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,482,919
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Val Kilmer was originally offered the headlining role but respectfully declined. Willem Dafoe and Benicio Del Toro were then considered for the role of Mike Blueberry, but Jan Kounen remembered conversations he had about shamanism with his friend Vincent Cassel and chose him instead. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Blueberry: He's... dead. And now it's my turn. I am leaving... this world. I'm leaving... my memories. I see...
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Referenced in Eddie Izzard: Sexie (2003) See more »

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User Reviews

visually compelling storytelling
24 February 2004 | by el_enfoiroSee all my reviews

First I would like to make it clear that you cannot appreciate this movie if you are, for some reason, anti-shamanism or anti-hallucinogenics -as in, regarding those as a meaningless joke- because that's a big part of the movie. On the other hand if you're interested in shamanism, DO make sure you see this.

Most of the movie is visually very well done and it is, really, storytelling. there is only a light amount of action, though when it does go off, you can recognize Kounen's style, like for instance his habit of zooming in really close on strange but cool facial expressions from his actors etc.

I never read the comic. And seeing this free from expectation, I found it pretty good. not as attention grabbing as Dobermann (that goes with the type of movie) but definitely worth a watch.

Don't listen to the negative comments (especially those making fun of the effects, those people seem to be obeying a deeply rooted feeling that hallucinogenics are somehow evil) and make an opinion for yourself. I give it an 8.


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