Sean Penn and Robert Duvall play partner cops Holmes and Dave
how do you combat gang violence in Los Angeles?
that's what these two new partners try to figure out in this film directed by Denis Hopper
Holmes knows the streets and how they operate, Dave acts like a hot shot punk though perhaps adding to the problem
He dates a homegirl Luisa who stays loyal to her own part of town and sees that Dave maybe has a sadistic heart in his profession
a very young Don Cheadle even plays the role of one of the colored gangs; it's a city turf war between red and blue
this was also at a time during the 1980's in America when no one wanted to acknowledge the gang culture existing
There will always be gangs, always violence and it'll never stop, men will always find a way to assert their power
one of Sean Penn and Robert Duvall's best films!
Probably the best part of the film was the 46th min. - 49th min. A really great piece of fimmaking that is.
"Colors" is an intense, violent and powerful movie putting the finger on the gangland in Los Angeles during the 80s, I doubt however that much has changed since then. Dennis Hopperīs direction is dynamic, handheld and very much in your face which fits with the film and the genre itself. The plot is a bit floaty and the movie is more or less a case study of two cops and their normal days on the beat in the rough parts of L.A. Itīs about values, class system, wanting to belong, poverty, violence, drugs, gangs and the everyday life in between. The balance between the cops and the gangs are straight forward and I reckon quite given, maybe even a bit cartoony. I personally think that Penn and Duvall are really they only ones putting on a solid performance, while most gang members (known actors and others) leaves you with a bit more to wish for. I saw this at the movies in 1988 and when re-seeing it now I couldnīt help feeling that "Colors" is such a classic action drama of the 80s (which it is) in so many ways. But, now itīs so obvious. Itīs an ok film, but not wow in my book.