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Renegades (1989)




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Director Jack Sholder followed his surprise sleeper hit The Hidden (1987) with this action drama that re-teamed Young Guns (1988) co-stars Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips. Sutherland stars as Buster McHenry, a Philadelphia cop working undercover as a thief in the gang of wealthy, sadistic Marino (Rob Knepper). When the gang's heist of some diamonds goes awry, a few innocents are shot, and a valuable Native American spear is stolen landing Buster in bureaucratic hot water. Along comes Hank Storm (Phillips), intent upon retrieving the relic of his Sioux tribesmen and avenge the death of his brother. Hank and Buster team up to take Marino down and expose police corruption in the process.

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Kiefer Sutherland
as Buster McHenry
Jami Gertz
as Barbara
Richard Acheampong
as Teen on Trian
Peter MacNeill
as Denny Ransom
Kyle Anderson
as Nema's Kid
Joseph Hieu
as Gang Leader
Dee McCafferty
as Cop Outside Bar
Matt Birman
as Yuppie with Corvette
Heidi von Palleske
as Hooker in Bar
Tom Butler
as Det. Geddies
Jack Blum
as Keith Weinstock
Paul Butler
as Capt. Blalock
Big Yank
as Dealer
Alar Aedma
as Big Ponytail
Michael Rhoades
as Small Ponytail
Joyce Gordon
as Receptionist
Von Flores
as Gangbanger
Kay Tremblay
as Old Woman
Justin Louis
as Rookie Cop
Steve Whistance-Smith
as Store Detective
Jackie Samuda
as Woman Cop
Andy Knott
as Hotel Clerk
Zoey Adams
as Saleswoman
Jack Newman
as Bookkeeper
Marcelle Griffith
as Hooker in Motel
Paul Hill
as Nema's Kid
Thom Christopher
as Hooker's John
Dick Callahan
as Bartender
Garfield Andrews
as Thug Knife
Robert Latimer
as Chauffeur
Gene Mack
as Cop in Alley
David Lee
as Gangbanger
Martin Neufeld
as Marino's Gang Member
Rick Barabia
as Marino's Gang Member
Dave Mucci
as Marino's Gang Member
David Mucci
as Marino's Gang
Al Greene
as Marino's Gang Member
Richard Sali
as Cop by Salon
Gaston Poon
as Gangbanger
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Critic Reviews for Renegades

All Critics (5)

Drab and unconvincing, trying to manufacture car crashes and violent detours to keep in step with the action genre. Not a terrible film, but an oddly joyless one.

August 26, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Yet another mismatched cop adventure.

April 17, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Half-baked, forgettable action flick

May 30, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Renegades


This movie has a good main cast, the story is good, and it has a lot of good action scenes. Why didn't I rate it higher? Mostly because it's a cheesy, forgettable buddy cop movie that jumped off of the Lethal Weapon wagon. It's just pretty good, it could have been better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

I am a big fan Kiefer Sutherland so of course I jumped at the opportunity of watching this movie starring the youthful Kiefer as a Philadelphia detective who infiltrates a high-powered gang of criminals to expose the corrupt cop they've bought off. Things get complicated when a Native American civilian is killed and a sacred Lakota Sioux spear is stolen by the mob leader following a jewel heist. The brother of the man (Lou Diamond Phillips) teams up with the cop, unwillingly at first, but differences are set aside when they realize they are after the same man. Robert Knepper malevolently hams it up as the vicious mobster Marino, who has little regard to innocent bystanders. Excellent macho performance by Kieffer Sutherland (although his bushy moustache was distracting) and Lou Diamond Phillips as well!

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer


Wow did Kiefer look like a 70's porn star with that mustache. My goodness. Typical buddy cop flick of two guys from different worlds coming together against a common enemy. Some rather funny moments and there is good chemistry between the two but it's doesn't do anything overly special to stand out.

Aurelius Duchtius
Aurelius Duchtius

Super Reviewer

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