A decent but uneven cop drama. Duvall and Penn work well off each other, but the secondary characters kind of made Colors feel a little claustrophobic, at least more claustrophobic than a movie about LA gangs should feel. Seeing Seymour Cassel and Jack Nance in the background was a total bonus but the finale definitely got to me. Just a slight overdose of 80s but not too bad.
Not as gritty or intense as I was hoping for. The material is ripe for Hopper but the whole film feels sedated. The performances by Penn and Duvall are brilliant and elevate the film. The gangsters are largely miscast and unreflective or real life. While this may have been groundbreaking in the 80s, it's soft by today's standards. For it's time, Colors is a good film with excellent moments but has nothing remarkable.
A somehow dated gangster movie (fashion, music etc.) with couple of totally unbelievable details like tough LA gang consisting of black, white and Mexican dudes, but with great acting, first rate photography by Wexler and fair portion of weirdness by Hopper.