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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

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Taglines:

The devil you know. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | Mexico | UK

Release Date:

11 February 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

€36,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,191,094 (France), 13 February 2004
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Milla Jovovich was the first choice for the role of Maria but turned it down because of scheduling conflicts. 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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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the end credits it says 'A Jan Kounen Session' instead of 'A Jan Kounen Film'. See more »

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Referenced in Eddie Izzard: Sexie (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Danny Boy
by Frederick Edward Weatherly
Performed by Juliette Lewis
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It's a Blueberry – not a raspberry.
7 September 2004 | by Ali_John_CatterallSee all my reviews

Here's a trick you can try right now. For an immediate sneak-preview of Blueberry's peyote-soaked finale, scrunch the ball of your palms firmly into your eye sockets. The ensuing geometric light show is but a fraction of what's on offer in this loose adaptation of Jean 'Moebius' Giraud's comic strip. In the 1870s, wild-child Mike Blueberry (Cassel) is adopted by Chiracahua Indians and, Carlos Castaneda-style, initiated into their shamanic rituals. Later, as a small-town sheriff, he encounters an old nemesis, the mysterious Wally Blount (Madsen), on the hunt for hidden Indian 'gold', climaxing in an all-out, psychedelic showdown. Suffice to say, the treasure Blount seeks isn't of the bankable variety (but it glimmers all the same). Blueberry's pretty unique; its closest cousin is probably that other 'existentialist Western' El Topo. And like Jodorowsky's movie, it's mesmerising at best, unfocused and pretentious at worst. There's some gorgeous cinematography here, while the astonishing CGI-rendered visions (featuring multi-tentacled hydras and other entheogenic plant spirits commonly reported from such trips) not only make 2001's 'Star Gate' sequence look like a walk in the park, but have also been authenticated and approved by real-life South American shamans. That's partly the problem: director Kounen spent a long time researching among the shamans, and Blueberry does betray the conviction of the newly converted at the narrative's expense; the cast (including Eddie Izzard cameoing as a Prussian mercenary) often seem slightly bemused themselves. A failure, then, but a noble and courageous one.


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