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Renegades is a 1989 American action-crime film directed by Jack Sholder and starring Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Jami Gertz. It was released on June 2, 1989, by Universal Pictures.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJack Sholder
Produced byDavid Madden
Robert W. Cort
Ted Field
J. Rickley Dumm
Gabriella Martinelli
Paul Schiff
Melissa Bachrach
James G. Robinson
Joe Roth
Written byDavid Rich
Music byMichael Kamen
CinematographyPhil Meheux
Edited byCaroline Biggerstaff
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 2, 1989 (1989-06-02)
Running time
106 minutes
Budget$16 million[1]
Box office$9,015,164



Buster McHenry (Kiefer Sutherland) works as an undercover agent for the Philadelphia Police. Currently he investigates on police corruption and is in big trouble when he gets arrested while trying to stop a carjacking. He distracts the suspect with a beer bottle and assaults an officer. His task makes him break the law, he participates in a robbery at an Auction House where a million dollars worth of diamonds are stored. Things really screw up as not only are two men shot, but an ancient Indian spear is stolen and Buster is wounded.

Marino (Rob Knepper), a crime boss, thinks that the spear might be worth something to his associates. Hank Storm (Lou Diamond Phillips), a young Indian, is now after the spear and Buster is after his criminal 'comrades'. Hank rescues Buster and nurses him back to health. Hank starts to blame Buster for what happened at the Auction House, but Buster tells him he was doing his job. Marino discovers where Buster has been hiding out. With Hank's help, both of them escape.

Both of them are outsiders in their way, but now they have the same target. They despise each other at first, but learn to set aside their differences and work together. Meanwhile, Marino and his men visit Hank's father, whom they shoot and kill when he refused to cooperate in locating his son.

After interrogating some of Marino's associates, they now realize that some of Buster's partners want him dead, because he knows too much, and that there is corruption in the police force. Buster comes to conclude that his partners sold him out to Marino. The film ends with Buster and Hank infiltrating and destroying Marino's hideout. They start killing many of Marino's men, as well as the corrupt policemen. Buster kills Marino by throwing the spear right into his chest when he was about to kill Hank. A month later, Hank gets a job as a tour guide in Texas, while Buster visits him and tells him he has his job back as a policeman, hoping it will turn his life around.

Buster thanks Hank for showing him the error of his ways. They shake hands as both men realize they have better futures. Hank promises Buster he'll come visit him sometime soon. Buster drives off as Hank waves good-bye.



The film received negative reviews from critics. It currently has a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 5 reviews.[2] The film grossed $3,075,030 on its first weekend, peaked No. 5 at the box office, behind Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and the newcomer No Holds Barred. The film grossed totally $9,015,164 in the US.[3]


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  2. ^ "Renegades (1989)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Renegades (1989)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 8 August 2011.

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