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Colors (1988)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  15 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

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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
Gerardo Mejía ...
Bird
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Clarence 'High Top' Brown
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Melindez
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O.S.S. Sgt. Bailey
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Leo 'Frog' Lopez
Charles Walker ...
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Fred Asparagus ...
Cook
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Officer Porter
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Gangs. The war is here. The war is now. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colors  »

Box Office

Gross:

$46,616,067 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original script by Richard Di Lello took place in Chicago and was more about drug dealing than gang members. Dennis Hopper ordered changes, so Michael Schiffer was hired and the setting was changed to Los Angeles and the focus of the story became more about the world of gang members. See more »

Goofs

When Hodges calls in to radio dispatch that they are chasing a black Ford LTD, it is actually a Mercury Marquis that they are chasing. 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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User Reviews

 
The LA Gang Wars And The Cops Who Respond
21 November 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After viewing Colors you have got to wonder about what our Founding Fathers had in mind when that Second Bill of Rights was passed to amend the Constitution. I don't think this is what they had in mind concerning the right to bear arms.

Colors is a film about gang wars in Los Angeles and it's seen through the eyes of two police officers on the gang task force. Older officer Robert Duvall and his young new partner Sean Penn. Penn's a young man in a big hurry looking to make an impression. Duvall is just trying to live through the day and make retirement.

Penn gets quite a lesson in police work and in life from Duvall and from his days on the gang task force. His involvement with Maria Conchita Alonso who's seeing it from both sides helps a bit too for Sean, though not how he'd have liked it.

Don Cheadle and Trinidad Silva lead a good supporting cast of gang bangers. If you don't recognize him because he hasn't bulked up yet, see Mario Lopez in a small role as a kid who Sean Penn sprays with a can of spray paint to give him an object lesson on the evils of tagging.

Duvall and Penn do a fine job each. I doubt this film is on the National Rifle Association recommended list.


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