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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.

Director:

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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Trivia

The slogan for electoral candidate Peter Burton (John Cusack)'s "Burton '90" campaign is "Tomorrow's Looking Good!" See more »

Goofs

When Peter calls Tim (supposedly from NYC) to say he is back in town, Tim invites him to the Stiles New Years Eve party. Tim gives him directions starting in New York, but Peter already said he had to see his aunt and uncle in Hartford, CT first. Tim's directions should have started from there. See more »

Quotes

Peter Burton: They say great men are embraced by thousands of strangers. I wanna be great.
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Connections

Referenced in Seinfeld: The Frogger (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Freeze Frame
by Peter Wolf & Seth Justman
Performed by The J. Geils Band (as J. Geils Band)
Courtesy of EMI, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
By arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Obvious but worth a look
17 November 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"True Colors" tells of two male law school student who are best friends with contrasting integrity which leads to conflict. Spader plays straight man to Cusack's fast-track-to-success character who uses manipulation and ruthlessness on his way to a congressional seat. This yuppie-flavored flick is obvious in the way it presents it's "Ethics 101" plot but the story moves quickly and is sufficiently interesting to make it worth a look. An okay diversion for channel surfers interested in a film about two men from opposite sides of the tracks with enduring friendship fraught with conflict and moral issues.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

True Colors See more »

Filming Locations:

Annapolis, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,517, 17 March 1991

Gross USA:

$418,807

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$418,807
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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