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True Colors (1991)

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Critic Reviews: 5
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John Cusack and James Spader play against type in Kevin Wade's morality play, directed by Herbert Ross. Spader plays Tim Gerrity, a well-heeled WASP blueblood, who has dedicated his life to justice and public service. Engaged to Diana Stiles (Imogene Stubbs), the daughter of a powerful senator (Richard Widmark), Tim seems to have a rosy future ahead of him. Enter Peter Burton (John Cusack), Peter's working-class roommate at the University of Virginia. Peter, a ravenous and devouring go-getter,

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Aug 20, 2002

Paramount Home Video

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True Colors apparently thinks it is exposing the values of the greedy 1980's. Yet its own understanding of moral conduct is warped.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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While it aspires to lofty heights, it never really goes much beyond the rules of behavior prescribed by the Boy Scout Handbook.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Requires more than the willing suspension of disbelief; it demands a willful abandonment of incredulity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The painstakingly obvious screenplay by Kevin Wade (Working Girl) plays like an eighth-grade civics primer: ethics and morality are good, greed and corruption are bad.

May 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Diverting political melodrama, but shouldn't Cusack and Spader have switched roles?

May 12, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A case study of the dire effects of an individual's lack of ethical standards.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Much of the film's entertainment value lies in watching two familiar guys (Cusack and Spader) playing switcheroo with their stock roles, but the movie is more than just effective 'gimmick casting'.

February 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for True Colors

This movie has three of my favourite actors: Cusack, Spader, and Widmark. But I only got to see the second half of it on TV one day. It's full of political stuff I don't understand and don't care for, but like I said, I didn't get to see the whole of it. From what I saw it's not that good, but I did like seeing three of my favourite stars in a movie together.
April 22, 2011
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John Cusack, James Spader, Imogen Stubbs, Mandy Patinkin, Richard Widmark

DIRECTED BY: Herbert Ross

Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal.

It was a good movie with great performances from Cusack and Spader. At times I found myself thinking that the roles should be switched around. So use to seeing Spader playing the -excuse the language- asshole, and Cusack playing the good guy. But in the end it worked. It got a little boring at times and seemed to drag a bit in the middle, but the ending was where it got really interesting. Especially the play-out of there friendship. So it's well worth the watch. Or you can watch it for the simple fact that I did. I am a fan of both the leads and it was good seeing them in a movie together.
April 23, 2010
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I was really impressed with how good the acting was in this. James Spader and John Cusack really worked well together. I can't believe Cusack actually pulled off being a villain, I always saw him as the nice guy, but he really did well. James Spader also did well as usual, but also a different character than i'm used to with him.
November 18, 2009
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