Miami Blues (1990)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  20 April 1990 (USA)
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When Fred Frenger gets out of prison, he decides to start over in Miami, Florida, where he starts a violent one-man crime wave. He soon meets up with amiable college student/prostitute ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecilia Pérez-Cervera ...
Georgie Cranford ...
Little Boy at Miami Airprt
Krishna Ravindra at Miami Airport
José Pérez ...
Sgt. Hoke Moseley
Susie Waggoner
Sgt. Bill Henderson
Matt Ingersoll ...
Mourning Hare Krishna
Jack G. Spirtos ...
Pickpocket Victim
Raphael Rey Gomez ...
Tony Paris ...
Pickpocket's Accomplice
Toy Store Cashier
William Taylor Anderson Jr. ...
Crack Dealer


When Fred Frenger gets out of prison, he decides to start over in Miami, Florida, where he starts a violent one-man crime wave. He soon meets up with amiable college student/prostitute Susie Waggoner. Opposing Frenger is Sgt Hoke Moseley, a cop who is getting a bit old for the job, especially since the job of cop in 1980's Miami is getting crazier all the time. Written by Reid Gagle

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Real badge. Real gun. Fake cop.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

20 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le flic de Miami  »

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$9,888,167 (USA)

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Suzanne Vega was up for the role of Susie Waggoner. She dropped out to make her third album "Days of Open Hand". See more »


When they have to buzz you in through a locked coin shop door, they also have to buzz you out. But Frenger just goes through the door after shooting Pedro and the coin shop owner. No one buzzes him out, and the door would be locked. See more »


Edna Damrosch: I nursed my husband for three years before he died. But you're not gonna die.
[Hands Junior a glass of gin]
Edna Damrosch: Here, drink this.
Susie Waggoner: It's gin, Junior.
Edna Damrosch: Drink it! Now you move and you're a blind man.
[Begins sewing up Junior's eyebrow]
Edna Damrosch: Scissors!
Susie Waggoner: [Feeling sick] You're doing real good, Junior. I think I'm gonna lie down a little bit.
Edna Damrosch: [after she finishes off] There you go!
Frederick J. Frenger Jr.: Your husband must've been glad to die...
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References Gandhi (1982) See more »


Performed by Desmond Dekker & The Aces
Written by Desmond Dekker & Leslie Kong
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
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One of those obscure classics!
6 October 2000 | by (LA Cali) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that perhaps not a lot of people saw, but for me, it's one of those 'obscure classics'. A little quirky at times, but it just looked like a fun movie to act in, and definitely a fun movie to watch. The cast does a great job, especially Alec Baldwin and Fred Ward. They just really seemed to be enjoy their characters. Jennifer Jason Leigh gives her usual solid performance in yet another offbeat role. Alec Baldwin always seems to give some 'classic scene' deliveries (Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Edge, etc.), and once again here in Miami Blues, he scores some big ones. On the bed, counting the stolen money, doing Al 'Scarface' Pacino. Rhyming while finding the 'very big' gun. The entire dinner scene with Ward's Moseley. Stopping the store burglar with a jar of spaghetti sauce. His 'raid' of the betting room ('remain silent'). -Etc. etc. These are just a few examples of some of his classic scenes or lines. They're usually hysterical!!

Anyway, there is some violence, some 'dark' comedy (e.g. Ravindra!), etc., but overall, I think this movie was very entertaining and a nice offbeat surprise with some great performances and lines. Chalk it up under one of my 'Top Ten Favorites That Not Everybody Saw'.

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