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Colors (1988)

An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.

Director:

Dennis Hopper

Writers:

Michael Schiffer (screenplay), Michael Schiffer (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Danny McGavin
Robert Duvall ... Bob Hodges
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Louisa Gomez
Randy Brooks ... Ron Delaney
Grand L. Bush ... Larry Sylvester (as Grand Bush)
Don Cheadle ... Rocket
Gerardo Mejía ... Bird
Glenn Plummer ... High Top
Rudy Ramos ... Melindez
Sy Richardson ... Bailey
Trinidad Silva ... Frog
Charles Walker ... Reed
Damon Wayans ... T-Bone
Fred Asparagus Fred Asparagus ... Cook
Sherman Augustus ... Officer Porter
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Storyline

A confident young cop is shown the ropes by a veteran partner in the dangerous gang-controlled barrios of L.A. about to explode in violence in this look at the gang culture enforced by the colors that members wear. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Taglines:

Two cops. Two gangs. One hell of a war. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vigilantes de la calle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,747,118, 17 April 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$46,616,067
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Dolby Stereo Spectral Recording)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when Danny and Bob first meet in the police station washroom, there is something in Bob's back pocket that is sticking out in some shots, but disappears in others. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Diaz: Hey Hodges, what do you think about all those hot shot jitter bugs, huh?
Bob Hodges: What about 'em?
Diaz: You never went for this shit, did you?
Bob Hodges: No way.
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Alternate Versions

The original theatrical version wasn't shortened but scenes were added when Virgin released the VHS in the UK, marketed as a bonus rather than as a Director's Cut. In the 'international VHS version' two scenes were extended. See more »

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Referenced in Portlandia: Pickathon (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE
Performed by M.C. Shan
Written by M.C. Shan (as Shawn Moltke) & Marley Marl (as Marlon Williams)
Published by Cold Chillin' Music
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc/Cold Chillin' Records Inc.
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Great Acting, Great Directing
25 June 2001 | by pdavis68See all my reviews

Until I checked this out on IMDB, I had no idea that Dennis Hopper was the director. Wow, that says a lot about his directing ability.

In a void, this movie might not be great. Someone from the UK complained about it. I'm not from Compton but, this movie rates up there with the other true-to-lifers like Boyz in the Hood, and other gang related "classics" (as they deserve to be called).

This is a great movie with great acting and a great plotline. It's a pretty realistic view (again, I'm not a gang banger, so maybe my view is skewed) of the gang life in L.A. And it was the first to really portray it... I'm still a big fan of Boyz in the Hood (not for excitement, but for a good story about a tough life). But this was the first (as I recall) and Hopper deserves a great deal of credit for that. Penn and Duvall are fantastic actors and both come through in a big way in this movie.

My personal opinion: This movie has been, by far, underrated...


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