Saturday, October 8, 2011

Colors (1988)

Synopsis: Crips and Bloods, Tories and Grits...Team Blue doesn’t like Team Red, and vice-versa.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Director Dennis Hopper brings you as close as you can get to the violence on the streets of LA – and still walk away. Bob Hodges (Robert Duvall) and Danny McGavin (Sean Penn) are cops at war with street gangs. In a world where gangs kill each other just for wearing the wrong colors, the last thing Hodges needs is a hot-headed rookie for a partner.”

What Did I Learn?: 1) If you trash your assigned unmarked police car, the Department will probably give you a crappier vehicle as a replacement. 2) Damon Wayans is not a good actor.

You Might Like This Movie If: You’re a political staffer, and this scene strangely reminds you of your Minister getting ready for Question Period.  

Really?: The cops know the gangbangers are trying to kill McGavin, so why doesn’t his partner wear a bulletproof vest?

Rating: Colors is an interesting time capsule from the late 1980s. Duvall and Penn enjoy some great chemistry (you’ll always remember the scene of Duvall describing the two bulls as he explains the nuances of the job), and the film will definitely hold your interest. 8.5/10 stars.


  1. Saw this gem on the big screen. Didn't Sean Penn basically foreshadow Mark Furman?
    - Mister Cool


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