In this actioner an Anglo undercover policeman reluctantly joins forces with a Lakota Indian to solve a jewel theft and the theft of a sacred Lakota lance from a Native American art exhibit. The crimes were extremely violent and the two heroes know the criminals will stop at nothing to keep ahead of the law.
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Critic Reviews for Renegades
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.
Yet another mismatched cop adventure.
Half-baked, forgettable action flick
Audience Reviews for Renegades
A forgotten action thriller from the 80's that is probably best forgotten. I'm sorry for bringing it up again really but I'll keep it short and to the point. It's a misguided mess that contains an incoherent story of bad cops, diamond heists, native Americans and general nonsense. It's never really clear who the bad guy is either because they're all nasty people, everyone kills at least one person each unlawfully and everyone breaks basic traffic laws. You only know who the real baddest of the bad guys is because he has slick hair and owns a horse. When the story starts to make no sense there is either a sudden car chase or a shoot out to draw your attention away from the painfully obvious fact that no one has any idea what they are doing.
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.More
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!More
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