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The film opened to poor box-office, scathing reviews and had long been forgotten. In June 2009, Zack Carlson, a programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, happened upon on a seller on eBay who was selling a 35 mm print of it. Carlson had never heard of the film but bought it for $35. In April 2010, Carlson screened the film at the Drafthouse and it became wildly popular with cult film fans. More screenings took place to packed theaters. Drafthouse phoned Y.K. Kim about distributing the film. But the film's failure was a painful experience for Kim and he originally thought that the call was a cruel prank. Eventually, Kim relented and saw that his film had become a popular midnight movie 25 years after its initial failure.
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The two police officers who arrive at the scene of the brawl were real police officers. They were apparently so nervous that one of them points his pistol straight at his fellow officer's torso.
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Opened in eight theaters in Orlando. Y.K. Kim spent millions of his own money to produce, promote and distribute the film himself.
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Y.K. Kim was so popular in Orlando, Florida that the local government and law enforcement allowed him to film anywhere in the city without permits.
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One of the fight scenes was interrupted by police who thought the brawl was real.
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Woo-sang Park met Y.K. Kim on a South Korean talk show. Park was so impressed with Kim that he asked Kim to make a film with him.
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Most of the cast were students of Y.K. Kim, who owned a chain of Tae Kwon Do studios.
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All of the bikers were real bikers who were paid in beer. A hundred of the bikers showed up for the film's premiere.
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According to Y.K. Kim, there were no injuries during the production.
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Maurice Smith, who played Jim, never acted professionally again. He went on to a successful sales career, working in business equipment, radio advertising and merchant services, and is a sales VP for a live-streamed online broadcasting platform.
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The angry bearded band leader who leads the street fight was a real-life federal prosecutor.
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Angelo Janotti and Kathy Collier were dating at the time. To avoid any discomfort during the kissing scenes between Collier and Vincent Hirsch, Janotti was told go buy beer for the crew.
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Despite the title, the film takes place in Orlando, Florida not Miami.
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Miami Connection was almost lost when Hurricane Charley destroyed the film's original negative in 2004. Drafthouse Films were able to reconstruct the film using the best source materials, which were of inconsistent quality. This is why certain sections of the film show more signs of wear and tear than others.
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The Film won the award 'Best of the Worst' on the flop internet show 'Best of the Worst' with a majority of 3 out 4 votes.
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Y.K. Kim was disappointed with the original cut of the film. He wanted to re-shoot some scenes, but Woo-sang Park had already returned to South Korea. So Kim read book on film directing. He enlisted his co-star Joseph Diamand to write new scenes even though he had no writing experience. So Diamand read books on screenwriting.
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The man who plays Jane's professor was a real computer science professor at the University of Central Florida. A scene was filmed showing the men in their class but it was deleted.
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Riffed by the guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988), Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy, under the RiffTrax name for the live event, RiffTrax Live: Miami Connection (2015).
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Featured in Rob Hill's The Bad Movie Bible.
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The first fight scene between Dragon Sound and their rivals takes place at Church Street Station, Orlando, Florida. Church Street Station at the time was an tourist entertainment complex but was eventually bought by Lou Perlman as a studio and Support facility for up and coming boy bands and pop singers in the early 2000s.
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Featured in the podcast "How did this get made?" September 15, 2017.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the original version, Jim dies at the end on the way to the hospital. However, when the film was screened at Cannes in 1987, Y.K. Kim was told by all potential distributors that the ending was a downer. Director Woo-sang Park had already returned to Korea, so Kim himself re-shot the ending. The final fight between Mark and Yashito was added. But Si Y Jo was unavailable so Yashito is played by William Ergle instead.
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