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Definitely Miami 

Crockett finds out first hand about Charlie Basset as a violent drug runner with an enticing wife that Sonny just can't get out of his mind.

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Detective Gina Calabrese
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Detective Stan Switek
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Det. Larry Zito
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Detective Trudy Joplin
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Lieutenant Martin Castillo
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Joe Dalva
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Maria Rojas
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Gravas
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Roger Pretto ...
Sergio Clemente
Robert Monica ...
Bartender
Richard Brams ...
Policeman #1 (as Richard N. Brams)
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Hard rock maestro, Ted Nugent, explodes as psychopath, Charlie Basset. Charlie is a thug who uses his stunning wife, Callie (Arielle Dombasle) to lure rich men to their doom. In the midst of an undercover op at a five star hotel, Tubbs watches his friend "Burnett" try not to succumb to Callie's charms. Is Callie serious about escaping from her brutal husband? Or is she still playing her siren's song, trying to lead another rich mark to his destruction? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Trivia

Although Godley and Creme's "Cry" is closely associated to the Definitely Miami episode, it was not featured on the original NBC airing. Instead, an original Jan Hammer incidental piece - which sounds very similar to the guitar rhythm in "Cry" - in select scenes such as when Crockett (Don Johnson) drives out to the sand dune junkyard to confront Charlie Basset (Ted Nugent), and when Crockett appears on the beach to reveal he is a cop and arrests Callie (Arielle Dombasle). Godley and Creme's "Cry" replaced the Jan Hammer original score when Miami Vice went into TV syndication. See more »

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When Gravas runs from Crockett and Tubbs by the pool, his hair and clothes are dry. But when he jumps into his getaway car, his hair and clothes are soaking wet. A shot of Gravas falling or jumping in the pool was probably deleted. See more »

Quotes

Detective Ricardo Tubbs: [During heat a wave and dripping in sweat] Man, I can dig tropical, but this is outta bounds.
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Soundtracks

Europa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile)
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Written by Tom Coster and Carlos Santana
Performed by Gato Barbieri
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Rob Cohen delivers one of the series' finest episodes
12 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

"Miami Vice" was, and is, fantastic escapist entertainment. This stylish episode remains one of the series' finest tales and watching it again last night made me more than a little nostalgic for the '80s.

Beginning with the death of a drug dealer at the hands of mad, bad and dangerous-to-know Charlie Basset (Ted Nugent), "Definitely Miami" is gripping television from start to finish. Rob Cohen's direction is as excellent as always and the beginning sequence oozes style, with an accompanying soundtrack from Ted Nugent himself with "Angry Young Man".

Kamala Lopez-Dawson makes her acting debut as the frightened sister of a wanted drugs warlord and the delectable Arielle Dombasle plays the wife of Nugent's psychotic Basset character. Dombasle is probably the most memorable femme fatale to appear in the series. The scene at the pool with Crockett gazing upon her perfect figure is unforgettable.

This is one of the best episodes of "Vice" as it has it all - a gripping script, beautiful visuals and a big budget, fast cars, a great looking cast, a superb soundtrack, and so on. "Definitely Miami" gels perfectly.

10 out of 10. The ending, accompanied by Godley & Creme's "Cry", is glorious stuff. I simply love this episode.


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