A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.
A family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.
Ricardo Tubbs is urbane and dead smart. He lives with Bronx-born Intel analyst Trudy, as they work undercover transporting drug loads into South Florida to identify a group responsible for three murders. Sonny Crockett [to the untrained eye, his presentation may seem unorthodox, but procedurally, he is sound] is charismatic and flirtatious until - while undercover working with the supplier of the South Florida group - he gets romantically entangled with Isabella, the Chinese-Cuban wife of an arms and drugs trafficker. The best undercover identity is oneself with the volume turned up and restraint unplugged. The intensity of the case pushes Crockett and Tubbs out onto the edge where identity and fabrication become blurred, where cop and player become one - especially for Crockett in his romance with Isabella and for Tubbs in the provocation of an assault on those he loves. Written by
Michael Mann: [repeated line] The line that Isabella tells Sonny she got in a fortune; "life is short, time is luck" was previously used in the movie Heat (1995) in the scene where Neil McCauley is trying to convince Eady to leave with him. It was also used in Manhunter (1986) by Molly when talking to Will Graham. See more »
The black Dodge Charger has a SRT badge on the front grill meaning it has a 6.1L V8 engine. On the side quarter panels it say 3.5, which means the car would have a V6. Also the head restraints in the SRT model are stitched and read "SRT 8". This "SRT" doesn't have this on the seats, nor does it have SRT spoiler on the trunk. See more »
Det. Ricardo Tubbs:
[Crockett is holding a live hand grenade]
I'm gonna tell you what's gonna happen. People are gonna come in here, and you know what they gonna say? They gonna look around and go 'Ola Hijo. That's some crazy motherfucking wallpaper, what is that? Jackson Pollock?'
Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett:
No, viero. That was José Yero. Got splattered all over his own wall.
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Although there were no opening credits in the theatrical release, the Unrated Director's Cut contains credits over a new sequence that opens the film. Once the credits are done, the film begins in the nightclub scene that opened the theatrical version. See more »
"Miami Vice" is a very exciting filmfrom start to finish
Michael Mann presents the city of Miami as attractive, engaging, alluring, sensual and also dangerous
This is a story about being undercover, and what happens when you go deep undercover, particularly if you're doing an operation in a foreign country, where your badge doesn't count and where you can't have a SWAT team surveilling you, and people are not in contact, you really are out on the edge
Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) have to act, talk and walk like bad guys They have to convince a mid-level trafficker, the Colombian José Yero (John Ortiz) that they are not cops So they have to adapt themselves and change themselves to play the role they're trying to play It's all the impulses in their personality with the volume turned up and the inhibitions turned off
"Miami Vice" is not about one commodity, cocaine, and one geographical location, Columbia It's about globalized forms of trafficking Los Angeles to Port of Prince, to Guajira Peninsula, to Havana and, naturally, to Miami Crockett and Tubbs had to deal with major narcotics traffickers that act as brilliant businessmen, at the upper echelons of command and control, sitting in luxurious houses, eating the best foods, driving the best cars
Mann has, wisely, taken the format of the show presenting two cops confronting wealth and power after the death of one informant and the killing of his whole family
As police drama go, "Miami Vice" does exciting things when Yero jacked one of the two Miami cops' people The film is impeccable, especially in the last 30 minutes, when the police decided not to initiate until they've got Yero's shooters in their sights
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