Colours (1988)

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Colors is a 1988 police procedural crime film starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall and directed by Dennis Hopper. The story takes place in South Central Los Angeles, and is about Bob Hodges (Duvall), an experienced LAPD CRASH Police Officer III, and his rookie partner, Danny McGavin (Penn) who try to mitigate the gang violence between several L.A. street gangs: the Bloods, the Crips, & White Fence. It relaunched Hopper as a director 18 years after Easy Rider and stirred some controversy over its depiction of gang life and gang violence

On April 2, 1987, Sean Penn was arrested for punching an extra on the set of this film who was taking photos of Penn without permission. Penn was sentenced to 33 days in jail for this assault.

Real gang members were hired as guardians as well as actors by producer Robert H. Solo. Two of them were shot during filming.

Bob Hodges: There’s two bulls standing on top of a mountain. The younger one says to the older one: “Hey pop, let’s say we run down there and fuck one of them cows”. The older one says: “No son. Lets walk down and fuck ’em all”.

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