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 <email@example.com>
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 this movie, 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 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 »
Hey Hodges, what do you think about all those hot shot jitter bugs, huh?
What about 'em?
You never went for this shit, did you?
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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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