There are few American actors as talented as either man. With a gang war ready to explode, Danny confronts his own racism even as he falls in love with Louisa Maria Conchita Alonso. The supporting cast is just meh. Look out for a young Mario Lopez as a young gang member. Too wise to pick a fight with every punk, Duvall gives a performance filled with resigned caring. But the film has a narrative vagueness, too.
Sean Penn is known for taking important, serious roles. And the class part relates to the difference between McGavin Penn and his supposed girlfriend, who comes from the Latino parts of the hood and has family that Hodges has come in contact with as a cop, putting them up against the wall. And even with the police there's not that much for the movie to say. Penn plays McGavin with belligerence but also a basic willingness to learn, slowly, from Hodges. If you think I ruined a surprise, you have to watch more movies -- hopefully some that succeed in delivering action, drama, or social commentary.
Then Young Cop proves his worth as the rightful heir by repeating a profoundly clever joke Old Cop told to him earlier. A lot of storylines have to get tied up rather quickly, and sometimes so quickly that it leaves the audience unsatisfied. During the course of the film they follow the brief life of the younger brother of one of the gang members, who seems for a time to have a chance to escape gang society. This version also includes interviews with screenwriter Michael Schiffer and technical advisor, and ex-L. Why should they step away from this gritty and raw reality that is their lives? Overall rating: 7 out of 10. Afterward, the older gang member puts his arm around the kid like a proud father, telling him that it's done, there's no turning back now. The gang members' girlfriends are shown to have a much more thankless lot than even verisimilitude would require.
However, its faults mean it's also not a keeper. A series of seemingly random incidents culminates in a plot that finds the two partners in the middle of the , and Hispanic Barrio war. Let's face it, Hollywood is big business. Hopper has assembled a huge cast of actors to play various racially-mixed gang members and street types, and all of them speak in realistic-sounding, tough-guy slang the form of address ''homes,'' short for ''homeboy,'' is used as often as ''man'' was used in Mr. While, most of the action scenes, are somewhat realistic in tone, however, there was at least, one scene at the beach front that really went over the top. Hopper's direction is less than spectacular.
Both give good performances, although Penn was clearly the highlight of the film, with an interesting character and very good performance. Bush, Damon Wayans, Leon Robinson Robert Duvall and Sean Penn star as two cops trying to fight gang violence in Los Angelos. Well, that is pretty misleading. Colors is a fairly daring film directed by Dennis Hopper. I think there are some moments where the film goes away from the two leads for too long, which certainly makes the film drag in spots. This somewhat excellent, powerful and gripping crime drama is still worth checking out. Aside from Hopper, Robert Duvall is easily the best this movie has to offer.
It really comes out of nowhere, and has little bearing to the main plot. Two of them were shot during filming of this film. Hodges and McGavin must work together to prevent an all out war on the streets of Los Angels between the Bloods and the Crips. It's too bad, that the actor died in 1988 in a car accident involving a collision with a drunken driver in Whittier, California, after filming this movie. At time, it looked like Duvall's head was floating in a sea of grain. Unfortunatetly by trying to make a realist film this works against the movie One of the fundamental aspects of realist cinema is casting unknowns. .
With gang leader Rocket Don Cheadle busy preparing retribution, the blood-letting will continue. While arresting Frog, Hodges is fatally shot by a gunman trying to enact the hit on McGavin. But what on earth was Malakai from Children of the Corn doing in the Barrio???? Answer: Robert Duvall, Sean Penn, and Dennis Hopper. It's just seems, more interesting. With medics en route, McGavin comforts Hodges and breaks down with regret as the elder partner falls into delirium and dies. McGavin tells him the same joke about the bulls that Hodges taught him, and the younger officer reciprocates in the same way as the younger McGavin did. Bush, Damon Wayans and Leon Robinson, were all good in their small roles.
I guess, it's supposed to represented the large different between those, living in the white community and those living in the black projects of Los Angeles County in Color. The story of the two cops, on the other hand, is not exactly new. The supporting players add some nice performances including Ron Delaney, Larry Sylvester, Don Cheadle and Marlon Wayans in a small role. Like Mississippi Burning, it takes an idea that should be searing in its anger but is diluted by showing the story through the eyes of its white characters. Actually, only the aerial and drive-by shots in the opening credits--with their frighteningly realistic video of scary looking poor people in dangerous neighborhood--can pass for a semi-truthful depiction of the world in 1988. Hodges' style is to try and establish a rapport with gang members, turning a blind eye to minor offences to gain informants in an attempt to stop more violent acts.
It kinda sucks that they got Don Cheadle in this film, and barely used him. There are some good performances by Sean Penn and Robert Duvall but the script is very melodramatic, and really boils down the gang conflicts without looking at any of the deeper meanings behind the rise of gangs and what has to happen in a neighborhood for kids to join a gang. The director is completely powerless unless he has some influence on the editing process, which was badly botched at several points in the film. Synopsis: In this gritty police drama from director Dennis Hopper, street-wise cop Bob Hodges Robert Duvall and hotheaded rookie Danny McGavin Sean Penn grapple with their new partnership on the gang-ridden streets of Los Angeles. And there is a brief, doomed romance between Penn and Alonso, as a Chicana who loves him but cannot reconcile his status as a cop and her perception of how cops like Penn treat her people. They kind of just exist.