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15 March 1991 (USA) See more »
Lies. Deceit. Betrayal. It's What Friendship Is All About. See more »
Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Actor Richard Widmark Dies at 93
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cusack ... Peter Burton

James Spader ... Tim Gerrity

Imogen Stubbs ... Diana Stiles

Mandy Patinkin ... John Palmeri

Richard Widmark ... Sen. James Stiles

Dina Merrill ... Joan Stiles

Philip Bosco ... Sen. Frank Steubens

Paul Guilfoyle ... John Laury
Brad Sullivan ... FBI Agent Abernathy
Russell Dennis Baker ... Todd

Don McManus ... Doug Stubblefield
Karen Jablons-Alexander ... Store Clerk
Wendee Pratt ... Janine

Rende Rae Norman ... Fanne

Frank Hoyt Taylor ... Sen. Lockerby

Anthony Fusco ... Sam Minot
Bev Appleton ... Prof. Houseman

Mary Mara ... Sophia Palmeri
Julian Bell ... Anchorman

Larry Joshua ... David

Tom Sean Foley ... Ken
Bruce McCarty ... Mark
Joe Mattys ... Tux Shop Owner
Steve Morley ... Justice Dept. Aide
Joshua Billings ... Justice Dept. Aide
Ronnie Farer ... Justice Dept. Agent
Kim Criswell ... Campus Radical

Sam Hoffman ... B.J.

Antonia Rey ... Soledad
Peter Hackes ... Dr. Burt Tuck
Stephen H. Aronson ... Miami Reporter
Sally Beckner ... Miami Reporter

Michael Stanton Kennedy ... Miami Reporter
Sam Wells ... Miami Reporter
Phillip Coccioletti ... Carl
John Battle ... Burton Campaign Aide
Mike Fowler ... Burton Campaign Aide
Timothy Chambers ... FBI Agent
Tom Ellis ... FBI Agent
Michael Haley ... FBI Agent (as R.M. Haley)
Richard Adee ... Palmeri's First Mate (as Richard G. Adee)
Donald 'Spec' Campen Jr. ... Campaign Aide
Ernie Dunn ... Campaign Aide
Anne H. Hill ... Campaign Aide
O. Dewayne 'Bart' Davis ... Campaign Reporter
Mary McMillan ... Campaign Reporter
Sue Boyd ... Senior Supporter
Chester Holt ... Senior Supporter
Ed Sala ... Lockerby Aide
Rhonda Fitzgerald ... Justice Secretary
Lisa Cooley ... Stiles' Secretary

Thomas Hauff ... Detective
Scott Wickware ... Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Carlin ... Tony
Dalton Gray ... Patron (uncredited)

Kurt Leitner ... College Jock (uncredited)

Directed by
Herbert Ross 
Writing credits
Kevin Wade (written by)

Produced by
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... executive producer
Laurence Mark .... producer
Herbert Ross .... producer
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
Cinematography by
Dante Spinotti 
Film Editing by
Robert M. Reitano  (as Robert Reitano)
Stephen A. Rotter 
Casting by
Hank McCann 
Production Design by
Edward Pisoni 
Art Direction by
William Barclay 
Set Decoration by
Robert J. Franco 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist
Elaina P. Schulman .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark D. Currie .... third assistant director: second unit
Michael Haley .... first assistant director
Joseph Brad Kluge .... additional second assistant director
Andrew Stone .... second unit director
Glen Trotiner .... second assistant director
Tim Williams .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Wally Adee .... property master
James J. Archer .... lead person
Michael Bird .... property master
Wren Boney .... set dresser
William Les Collins .... construction foreman (as William Leslie Collins)
Judy Cosgrove .... assistant art director (as Judeth Lowey)
James P. Crapser .... propmaker
Peter Damien .... construction coordinator
Miriam Silberman .... graphics designer
Donna Swope Wieters .... stand-by scenic artist
Catherine Tambini .... assistant art director
Dick Tice .... set dresser (as Richard Joseph Tice)
Keith Weaver .... scenic
Bill Wieters .... scenic chargeperson (as William Paul Wieters)
Jea DeVoe .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kam Chan .... assistant sound editor
Randall Coleman .... assistant adr editor
Kay Denmark .... adr boom operator
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer
John Gilroy .... assistant sound editor
David Grossack .... assistant sound editor
Joseph Holsen .... sound editor
Steve Klinghoffer .... boom operator (as Steven Klinghoffer)
Dan Korintus .... assistant sound editor
Kevin Lee .... sound editor
Sue Malfitano .... apprentice sound editor (as Susan Malfitano)
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... sound editor
Al Overton Jr. .... sound mixer (as Al Overton)
Randall J. Pease .... utility sound person
Randy Pease .... utility/boom operator
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor
Dan Sable .... supervising sound editor
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
Susan M. Wagner .... assistant sound editor (as Susan Wagner)
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Bob Coakley .... stunt skier
Michael Haynes .... stunt coordinator
Paul M. Lane .... stunt skier
Francine Lapensée .... stunts: underwater & diving
Jerry Spicer .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator
Norman Buck .... first company grip
Andrew Casey .... second assistant camera
Jack Coffen .... lighting technician
Jack Coffen .... rigging electrician
Eddie Colman .... additional first assistant camera
Rusty Edmonson .... best boy
Michael J. Fabiano .... second company grip
Larry Gebhardt .... director of photography: second unit
Charles A. Harris .... electrician
Jay Kemp .... set lighting technician
James Malone .... chief rigging electrician
Frances 'Buddy' McBride .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Buddy McBride)
James McGrath .... dolly grip
Larry Orlick .... first assistant camera (as Lawrence Orlick)
Stuart Stein .... second assistant camera (as Stuart Paul Stein)
Dean Stinchcombe .... camera trainee
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer
Richard Walden .... additional camera operator
William Ward .... gaffer
Howard Weiner .... 24-frame video engineer
Casting Department
Andrea Curtis .... casting
Bill Dance .... extras casting
Joe Durso .... casting associate
Robert Nelson .... casting assistant
Richard Ryan .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kendall Errair .... wardrober: women
Mark Peterson .... wardrober: men
Elizabeth Shelton .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Scott Bokun .... apprentice editor
Angelo Corrao .... additional editor
Pam Di Fede .... assistant editor
Phil Downey .... color timer
Richard Friedlander .... first assistant editor
Susan Graef .... apprentice editor
Ron Honsa .... segment editor
Kelly Irvine .... apprentice editor
Ron Lambert .... color timer
Tina Radziwill .... post-production assistant
Location Management
Charles Thomas Baxter .... location manager
Joseph Brad Kluge .... assistant location manager
John Marston .... location projectionist
Anthony Kirk Poore .... location assistant
Christopher A. Schmitt .... location manager: Montana
Michael Parks .... location supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Daniel Allan Carlin .... conductor
Daniel Allan Carlin .... supervising music editor
Donnamarie Hock .... assistant music editor
Becky Mancuso-Winding .... music consultant (as Becky Mancuso)
Nicholas Meyers .... music editor
Tim Sexton .... music consultant (as Tim T. Sexton)
Transportation Department
Walker 'Butch' Chaney .... transportation captain (as Walker L. Chaney Jr.)
Michael J. Mulvaney .... transportation coordinator (as Michael Mulvaney)
Other crew
Petra Alexandria .... assistant: Mr. Mark
Joan Altman .... assistant accountant
William B. Berkemeyer .... production assistant
B.J. Bjorkman .... script supervisor
Bill Corsair .... adr loop group
Janis Corsair .... adr loop group
Tony Criscione .... assistant accountant
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Joy Frelinghuysen .... production assistant
Ellen Gannon .... assistant production office coordinator
Dean Garvin .... production assistant
David J. Grant .... assistant: Mr. Caracciolo
Wendi Haas .... production office coordinator
Elizabeth Himelstein .... additional dialect coach (as Elisabeth Himmelstein)
Sam Hoffman .... production assistant
Lillian O. MacNeill .... script supervisor (as Lillian O. MacNeil)
Seth Miller .... production assistant
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Paul Mowry .... assistant: Mr. Ross
Donald Petrie .... accountant
Eve Roth .... secretary: Mr. Ross
Elena Santaballa .... production assistant
Edna Tromans .... unit publicist
Duane Williamson .... craft service
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (uncredited)

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Rated R for language and sensuality
111 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

The congressional district political region that Peter Burton (John Cusack) was running in was the Connecticut 4th District which is, as mentioned in the film, known as the "Gold Coast". This is a real life electoral region in Connecticut, USA.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Peter Burton:They say great men are embraced by thousands of strangers. I wanna be great.See more »
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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: (DVD) True Colors (1991), 2 January 2006
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

This should be my "John Cusack" holiday weekend, with 2 DVDs rented starring the actor. Earlier, I had reviewed one of his earlier works when he was a teenager - Better Off Dead, and here, I'd think it probably is his first role as a slimeball.

John Cusack and James Spader (Sex, Lies and Videotape) play two friends, Peter Burton and Tim Gerrity, from Law School, and chronicles their friendship. They hit it off from a small automobile accident (pardon the pun), and progressed from minor adversaries, to best of friends. Until Peter's ambition gets the better of him, as he aims to become Congressman in 10 years.

From the start, we see a flip side to Peter's goody-two-shoes character. He always has something to hide, and has an ulterior motive to things that he does. He tells little white lies to get his way, and has a siege mentality that it's always him versus Them. He gets envious of Tim's seemingly good life, and coverts Tim's girlfriend Diana, who is the daughter of a Senator. And thus begins the Kane and Abel like story, of betrayals, and counter betrayals between the two men.

Peter gets involved with the mob in his bid to become elected, while Tim, working for the Justice Department, volunteers himself to get the dirt on Peter. It's always about the girl, or is it? And as Tim puts it aptly, only somebody close to you, can do the most damage. They know your secrets, and best of all, they have your trust. It's true though, if you think carefully about it, the best person to ruin you (reputation, etc), is none other than the person you trust the most. Again, looking at the two characters, there is no right or wrong, it all depends on the methods one uses to achieve one's goals.

It's also an interesting look at the shady dealings of politics, of allegiances made because of donations or help to campaign funding, of owing favors to those who voted in favor of you. Things are never that simple, and the mantra shared by both characters are, so long as you don't get caught.

John Cusack has got this charismatic charm, and in this film, uses it well as he seeks to become a politician (you have to have charisma as you deliver those speeches). James Spader too holds his own, as the naive Tim, who slowly discovers betrayal, and decides to turn the tables against the hunter. Fans of John Cusack, you must catch this! Code 1 DVD is the bare bones version, aside from the usual audio and scene selections.

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