Renegades (1989 film)

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Renegades poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Jack Sholder
Produced by David Madden
Written by David Rich
Starring Kiefer Sutherland
Lou Diamond Phillips
Jami Gertz
Rob Knepper
Bill Smitrovich
Music by Michael Kamen
Edited by Caroline Biggerstaff
Morgan Creek Productions
Interscope Communications
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 2, 1989 (1989-06-02)
Running time 106 min.
Language English
Box office $9,015,164[1]

Renegades is a 1989 action-crime film starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Kiefer Sutherland. Floyd Red Crow Westerman debuted in this film as "Red Crow", Hank Storm's father.

Buster McHenry (Sutherland) is as an undercover agent for the Philadelphia police. His mission involves him in a robbery. Buster gets shot but Hank Storm (Phillips), a Lakota Sioux, helps Buster. Since Hank wants a spear in the possession of the criminals that Buster is after, they team up.


Buster McHenry works as an undercover agent for the local 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. Things really screw up as not only two men are shot, but also an ancient Indian spear is stolen and Buster is wounded. Marino, a crime boss, thinks that the spear might be worth something to his associates. Hank Storm, a young Indian, is now after the spear and Buster is after his criminal 'comrades'.

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. Buster drives off as Hank waves good-bye.


  1. ^ "Renegades (1989)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 

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