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Colors [DVD] [1988]

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  • Actors: Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso, Randy Brooks, Grand L. Bush
  • Directors: Dennis Hopper
  • Writers: Michael Schiffer, Richard Di Lello
  • Producers: Paul Lewis, Robert H. Solo
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2001
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KISD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,580 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dennis Hopper directs this classic 1980s crime drama starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall. Veteran cop nearing retirement Bob Hodges (Duvall) and rookie know-it-all Danny McGavin (Penn) are reluctantly teamed together on the L.A.P.D.'s C.R.A.S.H. (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums) unit when they investigate a brutal gang murder. They soon find themselves involved in a dangerous turf war and are forced to put their differences aside in an attempt to keep each other alive. The supporting cast includes Maria Conchita Alonso, Randy Brooks and Glenn Plummer.

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Directed by Dennis Hopper, Colors is a superior 1988 action movie set among the street gangs of LA that teams up Robert Duvall as Hodges, the elder cop, with young hothead partner Danny McGavin (Sean Penn). Investigating a murderous feud between the “Bloods” and the “Crips”, Duvall attempts to impress upon the impetuous Penn the value of a more cautious, easy-going approach in dealing with gang members, rather than trying to charge in among them. The film as a whole was one of the first to take a serious, unromantic and unstereotypical look at gang culture, at how youngsters are sucked into it, how few options are actually open to these macho hoodlums and how little they have in the way of family, community and stability other than the gangs. The partnership between Penn and Duvall by contrast, though well played, is pretty much the standard old cop/young cop set-up, right down to Duvall’s frequent, ominous remarks about how close he is to retirement. While the action is sometimes disjointed and the relationships between the gangs at times confused, it at least helps to dispel the usual Hollywood good vs. evil dynamic. Instead, there’s a more ambient sense of violence, desperation, retribution and recrimination. Penn’s doomed relationship with a “homegirl” indicates that while the LAPD may capture a few felons, they’ve little chance of capturing the hearts and minds of the criminalised poor. Later films such as John Singleton’s Boyz 'n the Hood (1991) would go further in exploring how life looks from the gangsta perspective.

On the DVD: The films is presented in an anamorphic 16:9 widescreen version, with the usual chapter and language selections. The only other feature is the original, detailed but run-of-the-mill trailer. --David Stubbs

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Colors was made in the immediate period preceeding global familiarity with LA gang culture achieved through the spread of explosive rap acts, televised images of rioting and several films. It steers clear of the sensationalism and bragging that characterises much of this material. Instead it presents a balanced and unsentimental look at the powerful allure of gang culture to the poor and disenfranchised urban youth and the obstacles standing in the way of neutral policing in an environment where the macho and indesciminant violence affects all who deal with it.
The fine dividing line between the gangsta and the cop is the source of tension between two police partners and forms the central relationship of the film. The senior cop (Duvall) dislikes the brutal approach to policing adopted by his new and inexperienced partner (Penn) accusing him of being "just like them - nothing but a gangsta". There is a refreshing absence of Hollywood moralsing in this film which indicates that the violent events of the film are merely part of a wider reality that constantly repeats and reinforces itself. As one of the gang members argues ... "there will always be gangs man, always be fighting, that's just life".
The sordid filming locations and sharp dialogue give the film a powerful realism, and listen out for the brilliant and menacing theme song rapped by Ice-T. Hopper has directed a hard-edged and exciting film here and it wins my praise.
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Colors is directed by Dennis Hopper and written by Richard Di Lello and Michael Schiffer. It stars Robert Duvall, Sean Penn, Maria Conchita Alonso, Grand L. Bush, Randy Brooks, Glenn Plummer, Trinidad Silva and Don Cheadle. Music is by Herbie Hancock and cinematography by Haskell Wexler.

Danny McGavin (Penn) transfers to the LAPD C.R.A.S.H. unit and is teamed with wise old veteran Bob Hodges (Duvall). Thrust in the middle of the gang wars of L.A., McGavin finds his hot head approach to policing may not be the way forward.

Causing a bit of a stir upon release, with its depiction of gang life and violence, Colors is not as incendiary as that early reputation suggests. It's solidly put together, has the odd throat grabbing scene and the message is loud and clear without banging us over the head. It's also note worthy that a deal of authenticity comes out in the script. However, were it not for the lead performances of Penn and Duvall then much of Colors would be rendered as significantly restrained.

The two actors find great and believable chemistry whilst never resorting to twee buddy-buddy histrionics. It's this relationship that keeps Colors pulsing, their contrasting styles of policing keeping the character study interesting as the gang life axis fizzles to a near non event. Unfortunately, because the cop pairing is so strong, it means that a romance thread between McGavin and Louisa Gomez (Alonso) feels tacked on and the actress just isn't good enough to lift it away from pointless irritation.

With the lead gang players too thinly drawn, it's hard to get a handle on what is meant to be bubbling under the surface of Colors. A shame because there's some good actors spread out in the cast.
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Excellent film but can anybody tell me " is the blu ray version the uncut Cinema version ?" The dvd version was cut to pieces, the stabbing of the guy taking his cases out the car with his family unfortunately cut, as well as the scene where Sean Penn's character catches up with Rocky in the restaurant cut plus numerous other scenes cut.
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this is a good film with a strong message and a strong cast acting their plums off. The reason for the 3 stars is while its a good show there are moments of tedium boredom that seep in and that hurt this. Those moments are very far and few between but to my eyes they exist.
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The city of los angeles a dangerous live of the cop and the gang members sean penn , robert duvall and maria conchita it is a very realistic movies and the soundtrack is awesome its a hip hop movies cop action movies
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A young bull and an old bull are standing on a hill and they're looking down at a
bunch of cows grazing in a field below.
The young bull says "hey, Dad, let's run down there and f*** one of those cows,"
and the old bull says "no son, let's walk down and f*** them all."
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Colors - South L.A., 1988, Robert Duvall, Sean Penn directed by Dennis Hopper. Need I say more?! Get the Blu-ray, great picture quality , 1.85:1, Sound 2.0 and bring back the 80`s.
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Great movie about cop life in America also exploits gang life in the 80s. Fantastic performance by the actors especially Sean penn easily one of his best early roles great watch.
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