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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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John Laury
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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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Friendship and betrayal; Its not all black and white. See more »

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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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True Colours  »

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$418,807
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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 »

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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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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 Down to You (2000) See more »

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Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
16 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

True Colors is certainly not a classic, but it is worth a look, Having seen it years ago I have always considered it one of those mini discoveries. A little film that I enjoyed that most people were not aware of. Viewing it now I still enjoyed the relationship between Cusak and Spader. We all know that politicians are scum and that the government is always at work for US, so NOTHING about this film or the morals of the people in it should surprise. What is a bit amusing is the fact that the film makers wish us to believe that Spader and the Justice Department have integrity. This is quite laughable.

My advice is to enjoy the concept and the journey these people take to achieve power.


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