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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Frog
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Fred Asparagus ...
Cook
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Officer Porter
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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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Colores de guerra  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$46,616,067 (USA)
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The nick-name of Bob Hodges (Robert Duvall) was "Uncle Bob". Moreover, Duvall portrayed this "Bob" character having the same shortened version of his own first name. See more »

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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 »

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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References Pac-Man (1980) See more »

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MAD MAD WORLD
Performed by 7A3
Written by Brett Bouldin / Sean Bouldin / Johnny Rivers
Published by .357 Music
Courtesy of Vendetta Records
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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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