Miami Vice (1984–1990)
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Brother's Keeper 

Miami detective Sonny Crockett reluctantly teams with New York cop Rico Tubbs when both of them end up pursuing a drug dealer who killed their partners.


Thomas Carter


Anthony Yerkovich (created by), Anthony Yerkovich

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese
Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek
John Diehl ... Det. Larry Zito
Gregory Sierra ... Lt. Lou Rodriguez
Bill Smitrovich ... Lt. Scott Wheeler
Belinda Montgomery ... Caroline Crockett
Martin Ferrero ... Trini DeSoto
Mykelti Williamson ... Leon Jefferson (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Miguel Pinero Miguel Pinero ... Esteban Calderone
Jimmy Smits ... Eddie Rivera
Michael Santoro Michael Santoro ... Corky Fowler
Jossie DeGuzman Jossie DeGuzman ... Maria Rivera


Miami Vice cop Sonny Crockett is working undercover to get a Columbian drug lord. When he tries to bust a man who is apparently in business with the Columbian he discovers that the man is New York cop who is also after the Columbian. They both agree to work together but the New York cop is keeping something from him. While the New York cop suspects that someone on Crockett's team might be on the take. Written by

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Release Date:

16 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Larry Wilcox decided to audition for the role of Detective James 'Sonny' Crockett to keep his career active. This was after he was dropped from the CHiPs (1977) TV series and it was canceled in 1983. Larry Wilcox and Don Johnson were the last two finalists and the producers of Miami Vice (1984) had difficulties choosing between them. Unfortunately for Larry Wilcox, the producers decided against him because they felt going from one cop role to another would not be a good fit for a new TV show; after they revealed he played police officer roles in previous TV shows. As a result, Don Johnson was chosen for the role of Detective James 'Sonny' Crockett. See more »


When Crockett and Tubbs commandeer the speedboat at the marina, as the boat is leaving, you can see the silhouettes of the film crew on the side of the boat. See more »


Ricardo Tubbs: [meets Elvis the alligator] Hey get him away from me man! I don't even like alligator shoes!
Sonny Crockett: Awww, you'll hurt his feelings...!
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Alternate Versions

On at least one VHS release of this pilot from MCA Home Video, The Rolling Stones' 1978 song "Miss You" was replaced by instrumental, '80s-sounding rock music. See more »


References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »


Body Talk
Composed by Stanley "Stick" Burke, Melvin Gentry, Carl Greene, L.A. Reid and Bo Watson
Performed by The Deele
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Seminal television
8 September 2015 | by Fluke_SkywalkerSee all my reviews

If we're lucky, we get to witness a game changing moment in popular culture. The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. May 25th, 1977. The debut of MTV. Another one of those moments was September 16th, 1984. That was when Miami Vice debuted on NBC. With a blend of exceedingly high production values and MTV-era attitude, it not only became an instant hit, it forever changed the face of prime time TV.

The pilot movie "Brother's Keeper" is a slam-bang opener, perfectly setting up the characters and the premise and wrapping it up in a package that was light years ahead of anyone else at the time. For a show that was fueled so strongly by the zeitgeist of that moment in time, this first episode holds up exceptionally well 30+ years later.

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