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Consider the range and the capture of characters in one movie, Colors
delivers multiple plot lines from a number of sides.
I remember when this movie first came out I was in Jr. high school.
Colors was a controversial movie talked about by teachers, principles
and parents because, believe it or not, it had a tendency for
glorification and encouraging gang membership.
To my surprise, the movie has little glorification in it and was a grim
summary of Los Angeles gang life (and even that of law enforcement.)
The movie does not spoon feed its audience, save for a few minor
comments that were cheesy at their worst and cleverly woven in at their
In some cases the portrayal of gang life in LA might have been TOO
broad and sophisticated for many viewers. The title COLORS and its
implication was meant to explain the rival Crip and Blood gangs but in
fact that was merely a pretext. Soon into the movie the viewer is taken
into various other neighborhoods as well as other gangs, including
WHITE FENCE and 21st Street.
For those that denounce this movie as being outdated, cheesy or
otherwise, it's hard for me to understand what you are paying attention
to. If you remember the 80's in the slightest, it was a time of
decadent and flamboyant neon glow ala Prince, Michael Jackson and
various other nonsense. The irony is that COLORS portrays a world that
was virtually isolated and separate from the 80's because that is what
it was MEANT to point out. This was gang life at its peak, before any
of the gangster rap hit white suburbia and became a marketable fad.
This was BEFORE white folks thought it was cool. It was isolated from
the look and feel of the rest of the 80's because this world was
isolated from the general population.
For this reason I am surprised that anyone would call the movie
outdated in any way. "Timeless" is the word I use to describe it.
Despite all this, Hopper manages to incorporate the storyline between
Duval and Penn. Not only is this a brilliant interaction between two
great actors, it also has a more marketable value to a white audience
that would otherwise have been turned off by the subject matter and
considered it, unfairly, as a "blacksploitation" film. Let's face it,
Hollywood is big business. The ability to market this movie with ANY
semblance of a good plot line but making it even remotely realistic is
an amazing achievement.
Hopper goes beyond doing both. I would not be surprised to see this
movie in the classics section, someday.
Tags for Colors Full Movie
Maria Conchita Alonso
, Randy Brooks
, Robert Duvall
, Sean Penn
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