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True Colors (1991)

R | | Drama | 15 March 1991 (USA)
Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal.

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Diana Stiles
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John Palmeri
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Sen. James Stiles
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Joan Stiles
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Sen. Frank Steubens
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Peter and Tim are both law students looking to get into the battleground of politics in Washington, but they both have different ideals and ethics. Tim wants to pursue a career in justice, but Peter is determined to be a big political power broker any way he can, even if that means bending the rules. As their careers push them towards political opposites, their friendship must constantly adapt to the new situation. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Lies. Deceit. Betrayal. It's What Friendship Is All About. See more »

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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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15 March 1991 (USA)  »

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True Colours  »

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$418,807
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The name of the campaign slogan for electoral candidate Peter Burton (John Cusack)'s "Burton '90" political contest for the 1990 election was "Tomorrow's Looking Good!". See more »

Goofs

In the parking garage scene, Peter recognizes the car of a senator from Kentucky by the license plate on the front of his car. Kentucky did not issue front plates at any time in the 1980's or 1990's. See more »

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Peter Burton: They say great men are embraced by thousands of strangers. I wanna be great.
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Invitations (1996) See more »

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Obvious but worth a look
17 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

"True Colors" tells of two male law school student who are best friends with contrasting integrity which leads to conflict. Spader plays straight man to Cusack's fast-track-to-success character who uses manipulation and ruthlessness on his way to a congressional seat. This yuppie-flavored flick is obvious in the way it presents it's "Ethics 101" plot but the story moves quickly and is sufficiently interesting to make it worth a look. An okay diversion for channel surfers interested in a film about two men from opposite sides of the tracks with enduring friendship fraught with conflict and moral issues.


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