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Colors stars Robert Duvall and Sean Penn as partners on the LAPD's gang crime division. Duvall had hoped to spend more time with his family, but he's pulled back into active service because of a step-up in gang activity. He makes no secret of his contempt for his novice partner Penn, but eventually comes to rely on the younger man as a valuable street contact. The central crisis is the battle for supremacy between the "Crips" and the "Bloods", with every effort to call a truce stymied by the gang members themselves and by undue police intervention.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's an exhilarating sparring match between Duvall's workmanlike fine-tuning and Penn's raw energy."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Colors has a tentative, ambivalent feel to it--as if Hopper merely considered himself a hired gun who should avoid imposing too personal a vision on the material."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What is there to write about a lacklustre gang-related film that wants to be more than it amounts to?"
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
"Hard-hitting and ultimately unforgettable"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Never as eccentric as The Last Movie or Out of the Blue, Colors nevertheless makes most other cop movies look formulary by comparison."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"There's great pleasure in watching these two actors work. And Hopper, a great actor himself, knows what they need to thrive."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Dennis Hopper's striking, controversial film was one of the first to attempt to get under the skin of LA gang culture, inspiring the many 'hood' films that proliferated in the early 1990s."
‑ , Film4
"gritty and gripping"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A routine cop drama despite the fine cast and Hopper's direction."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Though its story has the makings of standard stuff, and is sometimes sketchily told, nothing about 'Colors is ordinary."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Colors is a special movie -- not just a police thriller, but a movie that has researched gangs and given some thought to what it wants to say about them."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Retrata a violência do submundo das gangues de maneira crua e realista, preocupando-se mais em ilustrar a brutalidade daquele universo do que propriamente em desenvolver uma trama (o que é um bônus)."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A gritty and depressing portrait of gang warfafre in Los Angeles as an intractable urban problem."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"vivid, startling look at gang life and conflicted cops"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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