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True Colors (1991)



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Two old law-school buddies find themselves on opposing sides of ethical beliefs when one is a manipulative politician and the other an attorney for the Justice Department who soon becomes aware of his friend's dealings and is motivated to take action.

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John Cusack
as Peter Burton
James Spader
as Tim Gerrity
Imogen Stubbs
as Diana Stiles
Richard Widmark
as Senator Stiles
Mandy Patinkin
as John Palmeri
Dina Merrill
as Joan Stiles
Philip Bosco
as Senator Steubens
Steve Aronson
as Miami Reporter
Brad Sullivan
as Abernathy
Frank Hoyt Taylor
as Senator Lackerby
Anthony Fusco
as Sam Minot
Bev Appleton
as Professor Houseman
Mary Mara
as Sophia Palmeri
Julian Bell
as Anchorman
Joe Mattys
as Tux Shop Owner
Steve Morley
as Justice Department Aide
Joshua Billings
as Justice Department Aide
Ronnie Farer
as Justice Department Agent
Kim Criswell
as Campus Radical
Antonia Rey
as Soledad
Peter Hackes
as Doctor Burt Tuck
Stephen M. Aronson
as Miami Reporter
Sally Beckner
as Miami Reporter
Sam Wells
as Miami Reporter
John Tucker Battle
as Burton Campaign Aide
Mike Fowler
as Burton Campaign Aide
R.M. Haley
as FBI Agent
Tom Ellis
as FBI Agent
Richard G. Adee
as Palmeri's First Mate
Donald Campen Jr.
as Campaign Aide
Ernie Dunn
as Campaign Aide
Anne H. Hill
as Campaign Aide
O. Dewayne "Bart" Davis
as Campaign Reporter
Mary McMillan
as Campaign Reporter
Sue Boyd
as Senior Reporter
Chester Holt
as Senior Reporter
Ed Sala
as Lackerby Aide
Rhonda Fitzgerald
as Justice Secretary
Lisa Cooley
as Stile's Secretary
Thomas Hauff
as Detective
Scott Wickware
as Detective
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Critic Reviews for True Colors

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

The painstakingly obvious screenplay by Kevin Wade (Working Girl) plays like an eighth-grade civics primer: ethics and morality are good, greed and corruption are bad.

May 20, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

True Colors apparently thinks it is exposing the values of the greedy 1980's. Yet its own understanding of moral conduct is warped.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Requires more than the willing suspension of disbelief; it demands a willful abandonment of incredulity.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

While it aspires to lofty heights, it never really goes much beyond the rules of behavior prescribed by the Boy Scout Handbook.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Diverting political melodrama, but shouldn't Cusack and Spader have switched roles?

May 12, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

A case study of the dire effects of an individual's lack of ethical standards.

July 18, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Colors


This movie has three of my favourite actors: Cusack, Spader, and Widmark. But I only got to see the second half of it on TV one day. It's full of political stuff I don't understand and don't care for, but like I said, I didn't get to see the whole of it. From what I saw it's not that good, but I did like seeing three of my favourite stars in a movie together.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

John Cusack, James Spader, Imogen Stubbs, Mandy Patinkin, Richard Widmark DIRECTED BY: Herbert Ross Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal. It was a good movie with great performances from Cusack and Spader. At times I found myself thinking that the roles should be switched around. So use to seeing Spader playing the -excuse the language- asshole, and Cusack playing the good guy. But in the end it worked. It got a little boring at times and seemed to drag a bit in the middle, but the ending was where it got really interesting. Especially the play-out of there friendship. So it's well worth the watch. Or you can watch it for the simple fact that I did. I am a fan of both the leads and it was good seeing them in a movie together.


Super Reviewer


I was really impressed with how good the acting was in this. James Spader and John Cusack really worked well together. I can't believe Cusack actually pulled off being a villain, I always saw him as the nice guy, but he really did well. James Spader also did well as usual, but also a different character than i'm used to with him.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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