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 ...
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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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After working alongside Mickey Rourke on Rumble Fish (1983), Dennis Hopper was so impressed with his abilities that he told Rourke he wanted him as his leading man for his next two directing projects which would have started with Colors (1988) with Rourke in the lead role as Officer Danny McGavin. Although it was informally agreed to by Rourke, when time came for filming, Rourke was immersed in other projects, and so Hopper cast Sean Penn instead. See more »


When Larry and Rocket are about to go one-on-one in a shoot-out, the car behind Larry is empty. When the firing starts, the car is full of people. 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 The Jaynetts (as Jaynetts)
Written by Abner Spector
Published by Cherish Music
Courtesy of Abner Spector c/o Janus Records Inc.
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Penn & Duvall were Great Together
24 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Viewed this film a few years ago and enjoyed it the second time around. Sean Penn, (Officer Danny McGavin) was a rookie who started out knowing just how to handle the various gangs in Los Angeles and even got all hot and bothered about a nice looking gal who could Tease and Please without any problems. His old time partner was, Robert Duvall,(Bob Hodges), who was married and had a family and tried to take Danny McGavin under his wing and calm him down. Bob Hodges was about to retire and had handled the various gangs a different way that most of the other Police officers and it seemed to work out very well. Bob got all kinds of information he needed by just treating the gangs and their leaders with a certain kind of respect. The film had plenty of action, but was entirely too long for a story we have seen many times on the Big Screen. However, Duval and Penn gave outstanding performances and were great working together.

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