Colors

COLORS (18)
D: Dennis Hopper
Orion (Robert H. Solo)
USA 🇺🇸 1988
120 mins
 
Crime/Drama
 
W: Michael Schiffer
DP: Haskell Wexler
Ed: Robert Estrin
Mus: Herbie Hancock
 
Sean Penn (Danny McGavin), Robert Duvall (Bob Hodges), Maria Conchita Alonso (Louisa Gomez), Randy Brooks (Ron Delaney), Grand L. Bush (Larry Sylvester), Don Cheadle (Rocket), Gerardo Mejia (Bird), Glenn Plummer (Clarence "High Top" Brown)     
 
Pre-dating Boyz N The Hood by a couple of years, Colors tells a similar story from the perspective of LAPD cops attempting to calm the hostilities between rival gangs in the Los Angeles suburbs (much akin to the infamous crips & bloods rivalry).
This is possibly the movie which gave Sean Penn his bad boy image and his on-screen duo with Robert Duvall is a good-cop, bad-cop partnership which, while clichéd, does work very well. Considering this is directed by Dennis Hopper, you'd be forgiven to expect a much grittier, violent thriller, but it's still a very decent watch and still has relevance 25 years following its release.
7/10
  
Robert Duvall & Sean Penn in Colors
Robert Duvall & Sean Penn in Colors