Colors R

70,000 gang members. One million guns. Two cops.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 2, 2001
  • Originally Released: 1988
  • Label: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - English
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Want me to walk away from this' No way, man."
  - Gang Member

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 32


User Ratings: 28,426
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Though its story has the makings of standard stuff, and is sometimes sketchily told, nothing about 'Colors is ordinary.
New York Times
May 20, 2003
...Fierce, rollicking....Nothing about COLORS is ordinary...
New York Times
Apr 15, 1988
..This terse, violent LA cop story reek[s] of street cred... -- Rating; B
Entertainment Weekly
Aug 5, 1994
Colors is a solidly crafted depiction of some current big-city horrors and succeeds largely because of the Robert Duvall-Sean Penn teaming as frontline cops. They're terrific together as members of the gang crime division of the LAPD. Full Review
Mar 26, 2009
Colors is - almost incidentally a riveting and skilful piece of work, but it is made with an integrity and seriousness of purpose which will be confusing to some of the audiences it may attract. Full Review
The Spectator
Apr 10, 2019
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Colors has a tentative, ambivalent feel to it--as if Hopper merely considered himself a hired gun who should avoid imposing too personal a vision on the material. Full Review
TV Guide
Apr 30, 2010
...A surprisingly intelligent take on the LA badlands...
Total Film
Nov 1, 2000

Product Description:

After the events of the previous decade in Los Angeles, this 1988 film about L.A. street gangs as seen through the eyes of the LAPD represented a serious effort to throw some light on the appalling carnage of that world in which, for example, 400 gangbangers were killed in 1987, the year the film was in production. It stars Robert Duvall as Mike Hodges and Sean Penn as Danny McGavin, veteran/rookie cop partners attached to CRASH, the LAPD's gang-supression unit. Hodges has been working South Central for years and has the gangbangers' respect for his low-key, quid pro quo demeanor. Despite his partner's admonitions, McGavin wants to play Rambo, bringing the hammer down on gang members at every opportunity. Ultimately the rage that drives the younger man destroys his relationship with his girlfriend, Louisa Gomez (Maria Conchita Alonso), and raises questions as to whether he should even be allowed to wear a badge. While considerable attention is paid to the complicated rubrics of gang culture, the gangbangers remain shadowy, nearly anonymous figures, especially compared to later portrayals. COLORS is a solid film, featuring superb performances by Penn and Duvall, excellent photography by Haskell Wexler, and a killer soundtrack.

Plot Synopsis:

An examination of L.A.'s gang problem, framed as a cop drama, COLORS stars Robert Duvall as Mike Hodges and Sean Penn as Danny Gavin, members of the LAPD's gang-control CRASH (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums) unit. Paired as a team, veteran Hodges tries to teach explosive rookie Gavin that a laid-back style is more effective in dealing with gangbangers than his macho, take-no-prisoners approach. But, as usual, the younger man chooses to learn the hard way.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: April 1988.
  • Shot on location in various areas of Los Angeles County, including Watts, Carson, Venice, and the San Pedro waterfront.
  • Hopper persuaded studio executives to switch the location from Chicago to L.A. since he was seeing drive-by shootings not far from his house in Venice. He also insisted on doing research with the gangs and included a number of actual gang members in the film.
  • The director's cut originally ran 127 minutes but was cut for a theatrical running time of 120 minutes. Some video versions feature restored footage.

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  • Sales Rank: 13,979
  • UPC: 027616867711
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