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While Colors' down-to-earth, dual portrayal of police work and criminal dealings has since been outdone by The Wire and the entertainment it consequently inspired, there's no doubt fans of any of those shows will be more than satisfied by this film.
Sean Penn and Robert Duvall play a mismatched team of cops on a special anti-gang task force on the Los Angeles Police Department. Their characters' growth makes this movie much more than a sensational look at street gangs, which it most certainly is.
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.