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
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Melindez
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Bailey
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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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29 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Colores de guerra  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$46,616,067 (USA)
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Trivia

The Picture was shot in 1987 entirely in Los Angeles, California in the USA. See more »

Goofs

The shadow of the camera mount can be seen on Hodges' car during the car chase scene. 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

References First Blood (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

PAID IN FULL
Performed by Eric B. & Rakim
Written by Eric B. & Rakim
Published by Island Music Inc.
Courtesy of Island Records Inc.
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User Reviews

 
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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