Original Australian Daybill movie poster. Colors is a 1988 American police action crime film directed by Dennis Hopper and starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall. Colors relaunched Hopper as a director 18 years after Easy Rider, and inspired discussion over its depiction of gang life and gang violence. Real gang members were hired as guardians as well as actors by producer Robert H. Solo. Two of them were shot during filming. On April 2, 1987, Sean Penn was arrested for punching an extra on the set of this film who was taking photos of Penn without permission. Penn was sentenced to 33 days in jail for this assault.