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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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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High Top
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Melindez
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Bailey
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Charles Walker ...
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Fred Asparagus ...
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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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R | See all certifications »

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29 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Colores de guerra  »

Box Office

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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

Director Dennis Hopper directs Sean Penn in this movie without Hopper acting in it. Penn would around three years later direct Hopper in The Indian Runner (1991) which Penn doesn't act in. See more »

Goofs

The alley off of 104 W. 113th St. in which Hodges and McGavin come across a group of Crips and High Top, is not the actual alley shown in the film. If you look it up on Google Maps, you can see that it doesn't have an alley that crisscrosses it halfway down the alley. It just continues on to the next street. 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

ANGEL BABY
Performed by Rosie & The Originals
Written by Rose Hamlin
Published by ABZ Music Corp.
Courtesy of Kerwood Records
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User Reviews

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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