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Miami Blues (1990)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  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

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


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A framed photograph of Miami Blues author Charles Willeford can be seen on Hoke Moseley's desk in the police station. See more »

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[last lines]
Frederick J. Frenger Jr.: Susie's gonna get you, Sarge.
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ISLAND BLUES
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Definitely a film that deserves a bigger cult following than it has
3 February 2008 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Miami Blues" is an extremely entertaining and quirky crime flick. Its rather schizophrenic, as the film often seems unable to decide if its a comedy or serious thriller, but that hardly matters when the result is so enjoyable. Maybe its confused style is what kept it from being a bigger success than it was, because its really an unclassifiable film that'd be difficult to market. Its an unique crime flick thats lightning quickly paced. If you're a fan of either Michael Mann or Quentin Tarantino, you'll be especially amused by this unfortunately overlooked little flick. This is definitely a film that deserves a bigger cult following that its obtained. Hopefully, someday it will resurface and get the attention it deserves. This is the kind of film which no one seems to have heard about, but when I show it to someone, they become an instant fan.

The direction and screenplay by George Armitage is very accomplished. Armitage has had a fascinating career, writing films for Roger Corman in the 70s, creating this unique flick in the early 90s and than attempting to bid for success again with "Grosse Point Blank" in 1997, and also writing the script for the late night expose "The Late Shift". However, he'd be a hero in my opinion even if he didn't make another film than this.

The acting is very good as well. Alec Baldwin is particularly enjoyable to watch - his character is completely crazy and over-the-top. Its probably his best portrayal ever. Jennifer Jason Leigh is a bit understated but sympathetic as the former prostitute who runs away with Baldwin. Rounding off this is Fred Ward as a police sergeant who chases Baldwin across the country. His character is a bit underused and should have been in the film more, hes a really interesting individual. "Miami Blues" is an unfortunately overlooked film that hopefully will get the attention it deserves someday. (9/10)


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