Synopsis: A confident young cop is shown the ropes by a veteran partner in the dangerous gang-controlled barrios of L.A. about to explode in violence in this look at the gang culture enforced by the colors that members wear.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Dennis Hopper
Production: Orion Home Video
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

(indistinct announcement on PA)

Hodges. What d'you think

about those hotshot jitterbugs?

- What about 'em?

- You never pulled that shit, did you?

No way.

- Bullshit, huh?

- Yeah.

I don't understand Melindez, I really don't.

John Wayne's Rexall Rangers - pussies.

I got one year left.

Gimme a towel. And after that...

After that...

Ex cuse me.

I'm gonna go for another ten.

Who are you?

Rocky VI.

What'd you say you did for a living?

I'm a guardian of masculinity, man.

- (cop) Somebody smells good!

- Where does that put you?

- (cop) Where the f*ck is my gun?

- F*ck.

We want a uniformed presence...

...out in the street.

They're flying their colours,...

...we're flying ours.

I want them to know

who they're dealing with.

They got uzis. They got shotguns.

They got explosives. They got access

to any weapon they want within 24 hours.

We got over 50,000

gangbangers out there.

We're bleeding from open wounds.

We're just jamming you 24 in

to stop the flow.

We sound like a bunch of Tampax.


You wanna tell me what you were saying?


I said we sound like

a bunch of Tampax, sir.

Kid's cute.

Tampax goes someplace good.


- Give this guy to Hodges.

- What? What?

Beat it.

( "One Time One Night" by Los Lobos)

A wise man

Was tellin' stories to me

About the places he had been to

and the things that he had seen

A quiet voice

Was singin' something to me

An age-old song 'bout the home

of the brave in this land here of the free

One time one night in America

A lady dressed in white

with the man she loved

Was standing along the side

of a pick-up truck

A shot rang out in the night

Just when everything seemed right

Another headline written

down in America

The guy that lived next door in 305

Took the kids to the park

and disappeared 'bout half past nine

Who will ever know

how much she loved them so?

That dark night alone in America

A quiet voice

Was singin' somethin' to me

An age-old song 'bout the home

of the brave in this land here of the free

One time one night in America

Four small boys

playing ball in the parking lot

A preacher, a teacher

and the other became a cop

A car skidded into the rain

Making the last little one a saint

One more light goes out in America

A young girl tosses a coin

in a wishing well

She hopes for a heaven,

but for her there's just this hell

She gave away her life

To become somebody's wife

Another wish unanswered in America

People havin' so much faith

Die too soon

while all the rest come late

We write a song that no one sings

on a cold black stone

Where a lasting peace will finally bring...


(youth raps) Say, Rocket's gonna pop it

And no one's gonna stop it

Look what I got

to rock your knots with...

- Just light the damn sherm.

- Yes, yes.

- Light it up, dude.

- Yes, yes, yo.

- Sherm up the driver, cuz.

- Eat it up.

We like to get high

So a n*gger kid dies

Checkin' out slobs

That is our job

And if you think we're the Crips

Well, you hit it on the nob

G-ridin' in the van

With my main man

Shotgun jam

Turnin' niggers into Spam

Rocket don't smoke

And Rocket don't joke

Yo! Rocket, put the cap on the n*gger


- Hey, man, shut the f*ck up.

- (turns off music) Better?

- Chill out, motherfucker.

- Yo, Rocket.

Man, I'm high as a motherfucker.

Yo, Rocket, we're comin' in.

(voices in conversation)

Hey, Blood!

Oh, God! No!

No! No!

No! No!

Oh, God! No! No! No!

He can't die! He can't die!

No! He can't die!

No! Lord have mercy! Lord have mercy!


- What'd you find out?

- OK, the victim's name is Robert Craig.

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Michael Schiffer

Michael Schiffer is an American screenwriter, video game writer and film producer. Schiffer is known for such films and video games as Colors, Lean on Me, Crimson Tide, The Four Feathers, The Peacemaker and Call of Duty. more…

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