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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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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70,000 gang members. One million guns. Two cops. See more »


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Release Date:

29 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colores de guerra  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$46,616,067 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Critics complained that the scene showing the funeral being disrupted by gang gunfire was unrealistic. According to the filmmakers, shortly after the scene wrapped, a church service a short distance away actually was disrupted by gang gunfire. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

References Rocky (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

ESTE NECIO CORAZON
Performed by Maly y Su Playa Azul
Written by Cuco Escaler
Published by Drive-In Music Co., Inc.
Courtesy of Maly y Su Playa Azul
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Great Acting, Great Directing
25 June 2001 | by (Arkansas) – See all my reviews

Until I checked this out on IMDB, I had no idea that Dennis Hopper was the director. Wow, that says a lot about his directing ability.

In a void, this movie might not be great. Someone from the UK complained about it. I'm not from Compton but, this movie rates up there with the other true-to-lifers like Boyz in the Hood, and other gang related "classics" (as they deserve to be called).

This is a great movie with great acting and a great plotline. It's a pretty realistic view (again, I'm not a gang banger, so maybe my view is skewed) of the gang life in L.A. And it was the first to really portray it... I'm still a big fan of Boyz in the Hood (not for excitement, but for a good story about a tough life). But this was the first (as I recall) and Hopper deserves a great deal of credit for that. Penn and Duvall are fantastic actors and both come through in a big way in this movie.

My personal opinion: This movie has been, by far, underrated...


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