Colors (1988)



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Colors stars Robert Duvall and Sean Penn as partners on the LAPD's gang crime division. Duvall had hoped to spend more time with his family, but he's pulled back into active service because of a step-up in gang activity. He makes no secret of his contempt for his novice partner Penn, but eventually comes to rely on the younger man as a valuable street contact. The central crisis is the battle for supremacy between the "Crips" and the "Bloods", with every effort to call a truce stymied by the … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Schiffer
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On DVD: Oct 2, 2001
Orion Home Video



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Critic Reviews for Colors

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

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… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Never as eccentric as The Last Movie or Out of the Blue, Colors nevertheless makes most other cop movies look formulary by comparison.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Though its story has the makings of standard stuff, and is sometimes sketchily told, nothing about 'Colors is ordinary.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's an exhilarating sparring match between Duvall's workmanlike fine-tuning and Penn's raw energy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

There's great pleasure in watching these two actors work. And Hopper, a great actor himself, knows what they need to thrive.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Colors is a special movie -- not just a police thriller, but a movie that has researched gangs and given some thought to what it wants to say about them.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Colors


Good cop film, nothing special about the film if you watch it now, back then it had more of an impact. Good acting and screenplay.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

A film with issues, still very relevant today, yet dated by the music and clothing. I particularly like the relationship between Penn and Duval, a great rookie film.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


A explosive, shocking, unsettling and heart-pounding drama. Thrilling, frequently exciting and all the way exhilerating. Gritty and realistic. Robert Duvall and Sean Penn are excellent. Their performances are truly brilliant and satisfying.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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