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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High Top
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Melindez
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Bailey
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Frog
Charles Walker ...
Reed
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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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Gangs. The war is here. The war is now. See more »


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29 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colores de guerra  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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

Reportedly, Sean Penn was arrested on 2nd April 1987 and spent close to a month (33 days) in jail for assault after hitting an extra on the set of this film who was taking snapshots of Penn without his permission. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Referenced in CB4 (1993) See more »

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SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER
Performed by Ice-T
Written by Ice-T and Afrika Islam
Published by Colgems/EMI Music, Inc./Rhyme Syndicate Music
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Gangs in L.A. will never die, just multiply. Colors.

I always enjoy watching this film. Raw, and uncompromising. Great performances by Sean Penn and Robert Duvall.

A dark, and gritty portrayal of gang life in LA, and the special cop task force who deals with them. The film is never preachy, or insulting in it's execution. Awash with violence and profanity - but it's not glorified and serves a purpose.

This movie isn't without flaws. I could have done without the drawn-out, and pointless lovemaking scene with Penn and Maria Conchita Alonso. T-Bone's arrest scene could have been explained without a feeble attempt at comedy. Also, I think "eyy hoolmes" is said about 50 times too many. I feel that these greatly undermine what is overall a solid motion picture.

If you're a fan of gritty cop/crime dramas, or of gangsta' movies, I strongly urge you to see this film.


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