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An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.

Director:

Dennis Hopper

Writers:

Michael Schiffer (screenplay), Michael Schiffer (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Danny McGavin
Robert Duvall ... Bob Hodges
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Louisa Gomez
Randy Brooks ... Ron Delaney
Grand L. Bush ... Larry Sylvester (as Grand Bush)
Don Cheadle ... Rocket
Gerardo Mejía ... Bird
Glenn Plummer ... High Top
Rudy Ramos ... Melindez
Sy Richardson ... Bailey
Trinidad Silva ... Frog
Charles Walker ... Reed
Damon Wayans ... T-Bone
Fred Asparagus Fred Asparagus ... Cook
Sherman Augustus ... Officer Porter
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Storyline

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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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Taglines:

Gangs. The war is here. The war is now. See more »


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 August 1988 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Vigilantes de la calle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,747,118, 17 April 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$46,616,067
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Dolby Stereo Spectral Recording)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Hodges calls in to radio dispatch that they are chasing a black Ford LTD, it is actually a Mercury Marquis that they are chasing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Diaz: Hey Hodges, what do you think about all those hot shot jitter bugs, huh?
Bob Hodges: What about 'em?
Diaz: You never went for this shit, did you?
Bob Hodges: No way.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Sopranos: Pax Soprana (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

ANGEL BABY
Performed by Rosie & The Originals
Written by Rose Hamlin
Published by ABZ Music Corp.
Courtesy of Kerwood Records
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Penn & Duvall were Great Together
24 January 2006 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Viewed this film a few years ago and enjoyed it the second time around. Sean Penn, (Officer Danny McGavin) was a rookie who started out knowing just how to handle the various gangs in Los Angeles and even got all hot and bothered about a nice looking gal who could Tease and Please without any problems. His old time partner was, Robert Duvall,(Bob Hodges), who was married and had a family and tried to take Danny McGavin under his wing and calm him down. Bob Hodges was about to retire and had handled the various gangs a different way that most of the other Police officers and it seemed to work out very well. Bob got all kinds of information he needed by just treating the gangs and their leaders with a certain kind of respect. The film had plenty of action, but was entirely too long for a story we have seen many times on the Big Screen. However, Duval and Penn gave outstanding performances and were great working together.


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