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.Written by
Keith Loh <email@example.com>
The movie's opening prologue states: "The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department each has a gang crime division. The Police Department's division is called C.R.A.S.H (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums) and the Sheriff's division is called O.S.S (Operation Safe Streets). The combined anti-gang force numbers 250 men and women. In the greater Los Angeles area, there are over 600 street gangs with almost 70,000 members. Last year there were 387 gang-related killings." See more »
In the graffiti spray painting scene when Sean Penn sprays green paint on the kid's face, in the next scene the amount of green paint has increased substantially to cover the kid's entire face. See more »
Hey Hodges, what do you think about all those hot shot jitter bugs, huh?
What about 'em?
You never went for this shit, did you?
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The original theatrical version wasn't shortened but scenes were added when Virgin released the VHS in the UK, marketed as a bonus rather than as a Director's Cut. In the 'international VHS version' two scenes were extended. See more »
Until I checked this out on IMDB, I had no idea that Dennis Hopper was the director. Wow, that says a lot about his directing ability.
In a void, this movie might not be great. Someone from the UK complained about it. I'm not from Compton but, this movie rates up there with the other true-to-lifers like Boyz in the Hood, and other gang related "classics" (as they deserve to be called).
This is a great movie with great acting and a great plotline. It's a pretty realistic view (again, I'm not a gang banger, so maybe my view is skewed) of the gang life in L.A. And it was the first to really portray it... I'm still a big fan of Boyz in the Hood (not for excitement, but for a good story about a tough life). But this was the first (as I recall) and Hopper deserves a great deal of credit for that. Penn and Duvall are fantastic actors and both come through in a big way in this movie.
My personal opinion: This movie has been, by far, underrated...
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