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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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Herbert Ross

Writer:

Kevin Wade
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Russell Dennis Baker ... Todd
Don McManus ... Doug Stubblefield
Karen Jablons-Alexander Karen Jablons-Alexander ... Store Clerk
Wendee Pratt Wendee Pratt ... Janine
Rende Rae Norman ... Fanne
Frank Hoyt Taylor ... Sen. Lockerby
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

True Colours See more »

Filming Locations:

Annapolis, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$418,807
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

The store clerk's accent appears to change from north eastern to southern from the time Peter meets her to the time she leaves his dorm room. See more »

Quotes

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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two great young actors
8 September 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Peter Burton (John Cusack) and Tim Garrity (James Spader) are waiting for Peter's congressional election results. The movie flashes back to University of Virginia Law School where the two best friend first met in a fender bender. Tim is from a rich family and plans to pursue a career in justice. His girlfriend Diana (Imogen Stubbs), the daughter of Senator Stiles (Richard Widmark), breaks up with him. Peter is ambitious and amoral social climber coming from a poor background. He had an affair with Diana and even marries her. Despite that, Tim stays as Peter's best man. Peter's rise in politics involve mob-connected John Palmieri (Mandy Patinkin) putting him in direct conflict with Tim who joined the Justice Department.

These are two of the best actors of their age. They do their utmost but the story unfolds with a series of plot points. Concentrating on Peter Burton could have made this an interesting dark movie. This has the feel of a Brat Pack movie trying to do politics although the guys bring it. This film is unable to build tension and lacks the intensity that it deserves.


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