Colors is the father of urban gansta films. Before the likes of Spike Lee, John Singleton and The Hughes Brothers brought turf wars to the screen, Dennis Hopper got there first. His film follows two uniform cops on the streets of South Central LA who share separate philosophies on how to deal with an out of control gangland. The gangs featured in the film are the Bloods, Crips & The White Fence. Gangsta genre is all too familiar these days. We've seen countless stories on screen over the years, each one tragic but looking back on Colors it was a pioneering and brave film. It was the first true telling of gang life and the world's first real glimpse into it's ugliness. Sean Penn and Robert Duvall are brilliant and the rest of the cast are a who's-who of familiar faces. Don Cheadle, Damon Waynes and Tony Todd are just a few... oh and of course the leader of the Whites is played by Trinidad ("Badgers?") Silva. I had seen the movie a few times when I was younger but watching it now with all of the other urban films in mind, it becomes clearer that Colors was a bold and powerful foundation. And from a sheltered and relatively privileged upbringing the whole "gang violence" thing is so fucking pointless to me. It's a oxymoron to say the least because I understand it... and yet I don't get it. A great film.