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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Louisa Gomez
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Ron Delaney
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Larry Sylvester (as Grand Bush)
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Rocket
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Melindez
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Bailey
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Charles Walker ...
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Cook
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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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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Two cops. Two gangs. One hell of a war. See more »


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29 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Colores de guerra  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$46,616,067 (USA)
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Trivia

The acronym O.S.S (OSS) stood for "Operation Safe Streets" whilst the acronym C.R.A.S.H (CRASH) stood for "Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums". See more »

Goofs

During the chase of the female driver by police, she crashes head on into a car parked on the street, propped up on blocks, which brings her car to a full stop, but when they cut to a different angle her car is shown only side-swiping the park car and then she continues speeding down the road. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in The Sopranos: Pax Soprana (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

SUCH A NIGHT
Performed by Dr. John
Written by Dr. John (as Mac Rebennack)
Published by Cotillion Music
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Unflinching
13 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My generation remembers these times...This is before Rodney King and the riots, before the relentless moralizing of Spike Lee and John Singleton. Back then, urban gang warfare was comfortably distant. This is before cell phones, bling, rims, before the thug life became a marketable commodity.

Colors is distinctive for Hopper's tight focus, his honest approach and complete lack of sentimentality. The world depicted here is horizontal, and filmed horizontally; it is ugly and unironic, and in a way egalitarian; there are NO courts or lawyers, every introduction of ethics is literally shot down.

It's hard to imagine anything being made like this in today's multiculti/PC world, any such attempt would immediately provoke shrieking and clutching of skirts at the sight of 'racism'.

This paradigm of movie-making didn't survive, it disappeared like Duvall's soul in that departing helicopter shot. Unfortunately, the trend went the way of "Boyz n the Hood".


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