True Colors (1991)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Gerrity
Diana Stiles
John Palmeri
Sen. James Stiles
Joan Stiles
Sen. Frank Steubens
John Laury
Brad Sullivan ...
FBI Agent Abernathy
Russell Dennis Baker ...
Doug Stubblefield
Karen Jablons-Alexander ...
Store Clerk
Wendee Pratt ...
Sen. Lockerby


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 <>

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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 »




Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Um Passo do Poder  »

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$418,807 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The credo of close friends Peter Burton (John Cusack) and Tim Garrity (James Spader) was: "We may not always get what we want. We may not always get what we need. Just so's we don't get what we deserve". See more »


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 »


Tim Gerrity: We may not always get what we want. We may not always get what we need. Just so's we don't get what we deserve!
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Invitations (1996) See more »

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They got what they deserve!
10 June 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

True Colors is a good movie with excellent performances by all actors involved. A very good screenplay also helps this movie, which is not very well known. It is worth the rental just to watch Cusack and Spader together. A rating of 8 out of 10 was given.

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