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Director: Dennis Hopper

Cast: Dennis Hopper, Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso


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Colors, Dennis Hopper's controversial exposé of gang life in L.A., comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible


Colors, Dennis Hopper's controversial exposé of gang life in L.A., comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to a theatrical trailer. This is a bare-bones DVD to be sure, but the quality of the image and the inexpensive list price make it worthy of a look from anyone interested in the film.

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A freewheeling slice of Los Angeles street life, Colors is a daring, horrifyingly vivid drama about police and street gangs in the modern urban trenches. Directed by veteran rogue Dennis Hopper, the film pairs an old hand (Robert Duvall) with a rookie cop (Sean Penn). The images are jarring, the rap music soundtrack pulsating, and the effect unsettling. The stunning visuals are courtesy of the renowned Haskell Wexler, and Hopper demonstrates his ability to work weird wonders on either side of the camera. The film is an unflinching look at the world of gangs and their battles for supremacy; it's like West Side Story drained of all romantic sentiment. The actors and filmmakers make the drama compelling and unusually bracing. Hopper's directing jobs came infrequently; this was only his third picture in the two decades since his debut in Easy Rider.

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Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural]
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: stereo surround; French: stereo surround; Spanish: mono; French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Brown "High Top"
Rudy Ramos Melindez
Sy Richardson Bailey
Trinidad Silva Frog
Charles Walker Reed
Damon Wayans T-Bone
Seymour Cassel Sullivan
Virgil Frye Sheriff Foster
Courtney Gains Whitey
Jack Nance Officer Samuels
Gregg G. Dandridge Young Crip
Brian Davies Robert Craig
Romeo DeLan Felipe
Diaz-Parton Rita Gallegos
Dennis "Chicago" Fanning C.R.A.S.H. Officer
Peggy Medina Angie
Roger Vernon Pamplin Fighting Inmate
Jo Marie Payton-France 2nd Woman in Recreation Center
David Rayner J.C.
Fred Asparagus Cook
Sherman Augustus Officer Porter
Bruce Beatty Spanky
Paula Bellamy Woman in Recreation Centre
Brandon Bluhm Tommie Hodges
Mark Booker Young Crip
Ron Boyd Cop at Sharon's
Verda Bridges C.R.A.S.H. Secretary
R.D. Call Rusty Baines
Steven Camarillo Gato
Carlos Cervantes Diaz
Eugene Collier Young Crip
Lawrence Cook Officer Young
Nicky Corello Phil
Troy Curvey Preacher
Nay K. Dorsey Man at Recreation Centre
Fabian Escobedo Flacco
Tomas Goros Phillip
C.E. Grimes Oso
Trysh Jefferson Young Girl
Vaughn Jelks Roy
Annie-Joe Shouting Woman
Clark Johnson Lee
Kenia Maria
Leon Robinson Killer-Bee
Tina Lifford Mrs. Craig
Mario Lopez Felipe's Friend
Lawrence Lowe Cop at Car Wreck
Ted Markland 3rd Crash Officer
Roberto Martin Marquez Grieving Husband
Shawn McLemore Willie Wright
Micole Mercurio Joan Hodges
Nigel Miguel Snakedance
Karla Montana Locita
Allan Moore Shooter
Howard Mungo Man at Recreation Centre
Frances E. Nealy Neighbor Woman
Roy A. Nunez 1st Crash Officer
Ray Oriel Homeboy
Kim Pawlik Female Officer
Anthony Pena Traffic Officer
Daniela Piquet Bird's Girlfriend
David Hubbard J. C
Tee Rodgers Dr. Feelgood
Richard Rust Hearing Officer
Sharon Schaffer Crip Girl
Geoffrey Thorne Lewis
Ara Thorpe Sharon Robbins
Tony Todd Vietnam Vet
Peter Mark Vasquez Veterano
Jeffrey Washington Dog-Man
Dion Williams Spooky
John Zenda Officer Rutley

Technical Credits
Dennis Hopper Director
Patrick Alan Choreography
Eric B. Songwriter
Big Daddy Kane Songwriter
Ernie Bishop Set Decoration/Design
Charles Butcher Art Director
Elie Cohn Asst. Director
Richard Dilello Original Story
Robert L. Estrin Editor
Dennis "Chicago" Fanning Consultant/advisor
Ron Foreman Production Designer
Herbie Hancock Score Composer
Ice-T Songwriter
Afrika Islam Songwriter
Gerald Ivory Consultant/advisor
Richard James Songwriter
Paul Lewis Co-producer
Lauren Lloyd Casting
James McCoy Makeup
Roy Nunez Consultant/advisor
Salt-N-Pepa Songwriter
Nick Scarano Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Schiffer Original Story,Screenwriter
Robert Solo Producer
Charles Walters Stunts
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/"Flying CRASH" [6:22]
2. "Hey, Blood!"/COLORS [8:05]
3. "You Owe Me One!" [5:50]
4. Bulls & Cows [3:11]
5. Peewee Assault [6:41]
6. "We're Sick Of This!" [4:14]
7. Crazy Chase [4:14]
8. Different Barrios [10:20]
9. Search & Seizure [9:11]
10. "They Hate You!" [2:55]
11. Big Bust [3:57]
12. Stool Pigeons [9:23]
13. Bad Hit [9:28]
14. The Party's Over [7:34]
15. Payback Time [7:44]
16. "Officer Down!"/End Credits [7:40]


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Colors 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a realistic, blunt urban crime chronicle, showing a not so glamorous side of Los Angeles. Dennis Hopper is a master director and he gets the most from the landscape in 2 hours. Duvall and Penn are highly believeable as LAPD CRASH (gang squad) officers as are a host of supporting bad guys, most notable, Don Cheadle, Trinidad Silva and Damon Wayans.Brute force, great film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Colors is a movie the I could look at over and over because it's a simple movie which is moved by the paces of the actors playing the characters. Nothing is original in the script. However, when you have a veteran cop (Robert Duvall), playing an opposite against a rookie-bully cop (Sean Penn), you have two hrs. of entertainment. It also features an ensemble cast on the rise. Don Cheadle (BOOGIE NIGHTS),Leon (COOL RUNNINGS) , Tony Todd (CANDYMAN),very under-rated Glenn Plummer (MENACE 2 SOCIETY) , and a balding Damon Wayans (IN LIVING COLOR) are just a few. * I also noticed the hispanic kid off of SAVED BY THE BELL , is in a small extra cameo near the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not much on personal relationships, the very frank and direct urban drama with Robert Duvall as a compassionate and veteran LAPD CRASH cop who wants to get out of the mean streets of LA, where he is respected by the "Crips" and "Bloods." His open contempt toward the bully rookie cop played magnifecently by Sean Pean, until his ruffian ways come in handy when the stuff hits the fan. Realistic ending and shows that not all cops are punks, just some are and that race will never be resolved in this country. Powerful directing performance by Dennis Hopper.