|Writers||Lionel Chetwynd (written by)
|Cast||F. Murray Abraham Dayo Ade Philip Akin Dwight Bacquie Marlon Brand Kedar Brown Paul Butler Eugene Byrd Dick Callahan Johnie Chase Jeff Clarke David Clement Jim Codrington Stan Coles Michael Copeman Vladimir Jon Cubrt Bruce Davison Don Dickinson Eric Fink David Fraser|
|Plot||Four young black men kill a white woman. Now the D.A. is very cautious how to pursue this case 'cause it might start a riot. And adding fuel to the fire is a bombastic and vocal black community leader, who's saying that they will not have a fair trial. And also that they were justified in their actions, cause they were in fear for their lives.... search for Color of Justice on IMDb|
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|Four African American teenage boys from the Bronx, caught in a maelstrom of panic stirred up by police officers engaging in "racial profiling," end up committing the shocking, senseless murder of a young white woman. A sort of inverse Bonfire of the Vanities minus the antic humor, Color of Justice is a thoroughgoing anatomy of "yet another vicious crime by a gang of marauding inner-city youths," as a TV news anchor characterizes the murder. The film attempts to present its emotionally charged, "ripped from the headlines" story in a balanced, evenhanded manner. To that end, several characters' points of view are examined: the homicide victim's grieving husband, Frank (Bruce Davison); Kameel (Dule Hill), a good boy who was merely along for the ride on the night of the killing; the Reverend Walton (Gregory Hines), an Al Sharpton-type character; the defendants' court-appointed attorney, Sam Lind (Judd Hirsch); up-and-coming TV news reporter Linda Chang (Mia Korf); and calculating Bronx D.A. Jim Sullivan (F. Murray Abraham, who, coincidentally, also played the Bronx D.A. in Bonfire). The movie's all-inclusive agenda precludes any real depth; in the end, the film can't help but slip into parable and melodrama. Still, Color of Justice remains compelling and provocative, thanks to convincing performances by an excellent cast. --Laura Mirsky|
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