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(1988)

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Producer Robert H. Solo hired real gang members as guardians as well as actors. Two of them were shot during filming.
Reportedly, Sean Penn was arrested on 2nd April 1987 and spent close to a month (33 days) in jail for assault after hitting an extra on the set of this film who was taking snapshots of Penn without his permission.
The original script by Richard Di Lello took place in Chicago and was more about drug dealing than gang members. Dennis Hopper ordered changes, so Michael Schiffer was hired and the setting was changed to Los Angeles and the focus of the story became more about the world of gang members.
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.
The mural with Jesus where "Pac-man" spray paints a young vandalizers face is also seen in "Falling Down"(1993), also starring Robert Duvall as a cop.
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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.
During the community meeting, the character played by Tony Todd says he's a Vietnam veteran. Todd previously appeared in Platoon (1986), as a soldier who fought in the Vietnam War.
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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 Colors (1988) 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 Sean Penn instead.
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The movie's opening prologue states: "The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department each has a gang crime division. The Police Department's division is called C.R.A.S.H (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums) and the Sheriff's division is called O.S.S (Operation Safe Streets). The combined anti-gang force numbers 250 men and women. In the greater Los Angeles area there are over 600 street gangs with almost 70,000 members. Last year there were 387 gang-related killings".
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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.
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Robert Duvall and Sean Penn; and two Oscar nominees: Seymour Cassel and Don Cheadle
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The Picture was shot in 1987 entirely in Los Angeles, California in the USA.
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The Crowbar, The Officer Holds To Open The Door Of Rocket's Girlfriend, Have Written On : "May I Come In?".
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The acronym O.S.S (OSS) stood for "Operation Safe Streets" whilst the acronym C.R.A.S.H (CRASH) stood for "Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums".
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The nick-name of Leo Lopez (Trinidad Silva) was "Frog" whilst the nick-name of Clarence Brown (Glenn Plummer) was "High Top".
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Debut produced cinema movie screenplay of screenwriter Michael Schiffer.
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The house where Robert Craig (Brian Davis) was shot in the beginning was filmed only ½ mile (¾Km) from where Michael Douglas character fired the rocket launcher in Falling Down (1993). That must be a really dangerous neighborhood.
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