Colors (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  29 April 1988 (USA)
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An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louisa Gomez
Ron Delaney
Larry Sylvester (as Grand Bush)
Gerardo Mejía ...
High Top
Charles Walker ...
Fred Asparagus ...
Officer Porter


A confident young cop is shown the ropes by a veteran partner in the dangerous gang-controlled barrios of L.A. about to explode in violence in this look at the gang culture enforced by the colors that members wear. Written by Keith Loh <>

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29 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colores de guerra  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$46,616,067 (USA)

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The nick-name of Leo Lopez (Trinidad Silva) was "Frog" whilst the nick-name of Clarence Brown (Glenn Plummer) was "High Top". See more »


At the beginning of the movie when Danny and Bob first meet in the police station washroom, there is something in Bob's back pocket that is sticking out in some shots, but disappears in others. See more »


[first lines]
Diaz: Hey Hodges, what do you think about all those hot shot jitter bugs, huh?
Bob Hodges: What about 'em?
Diaz: You never went for this shit, did you?
Bob Hodges: No way.
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Performed by Kool G. Rap
Written by Kool G. Rap (as Nathaniel T. Wilson) & Marley Marl (as Marlon Williams)
Published by Cold Chillin' Music
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc/Cold Chillin' Records Inc.
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Interesting depiction of gangs in LA... good performances
5 July 2003 | by (Milpitas, California) – See all my reviews

Colors First-Viewing, TV(Dennis Hopper)- Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle, Maria Conchita Alonso, Glen Plummer, Grand L. Bush, Damon Wayans, Leon Robinson

Robert Duvall and Sean Penn star as two cops trying to fight gang violence in Los Angelos. Duvall is an old cop, who is going to retire, and Penn plays a rookie who is keen to make his presence felt on the force. Both give good performances, although Penn was clearly the highlight of the film, with an interesting character and very good performance. Robert Duvall was also good though, with a complex performance. Don Cheadle was virtually absent, was a bit of a villain, portraying a Crip gangbanger, but had very little lines, unfortunately. Maria Conchita Alonso played a woman in the ghetto that Officer McGavin (Penn) was interested in, and gave a very average performance. Other gangbangers played by Glen Plummer, Grand L. Bush, Damon Wayans and Leon Robinson, were all good in their small roles. Overall a good film depicting gang violence in LA, also had some good action sequences, and good acting. 8/10

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