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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.

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Jan Kounen

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

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France | Mexico | UK

Release Date:

11 February 2004 (France) See more »

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€36,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,191,094 (France), 13 February 2004
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2.35 : 1
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Long, slow western set in a man's mind is one of the most beautiful films in years even if it 's almost dramatically inert
13 August 2005 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This is an odd duck of a movie. I became interested since I'm a fan of Eddie Izzard who plays a mad Prussian lusting for gold. I knew it would be intriguing since its based on a Moebius comic strip, but I wasn't really expecting what I got.

The movie tells the story of Mike Blueberry, a US Marshall in the old west. As he lays "dying" we drift back through his life, stopping at about the point the crazed Prussian is getting everyone hot with gold fever and an old enemy returns to haunt him. Add to the mix shaman, bounty hunters, spirits, double crosses and peyote (for the crew as well as the cast) and you have a unique western.

Its a weird film with portents and visions criss crossing with hypnotic cinematography. This is a movie that looks great. There is a first rate cast, although I do have to say that I found some of the accents, Izzard's and star Vincent Cassel's a bit out of place.

Pretty much everything works except the screenplay which seems intent on being oblique for the hell of it. There is a heavy dose of Indian mysticism that seems to have been put there just to make things seem like they have a deep meaning (I think there was too much peyote behind the scenes). I'm not sure they do. The obliqueness and constant mystic reference slow the movie down to a crawl. After a while I stopped caring and started to look for the DVD remote. (Even worse is the fact that you have to pay attention to this movie or you're going to end up lost, so once I found the remote I had to back it up to see what I missed.) This is not a bad film, its just a rather dull and confused one. I'm sure in the right frame of mind this plays wonderfully, but I haven't determined what that is. I've rated it five out of ten because of the parts. The parts are interesting even if the whole is often a crashing bore. For fans of the cast, rabid western fans and those looking for head trip films only.


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