6.4/10
7,081
65 user 30 critic

Miami Blues (1990)

Trailer
1:42 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
An ex-con's first act of freedom is moving to Miami where he restarts his old criminal ways with even more potency.

Director:

George Armitage

Writers:

Charles Willeford (novel), George Armitage (screenplay)
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baldwin ... Frederick J. Frenger Jr.
Cecilia Pérez-Cervera Cecilia Pérez-Cervera ... Stewardess
Georgie Cranford Georgie Cranford ... Little Boy at Miami Airprt
Edward Saxon ... Krishna Ravindra at Miami Airport
José Pérez José Pérez ... Pablo
Obba Babatundé ... Blink Willie, Informant
Fred Ward ... Sgt. Hoke Moseley
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Susie Waggoner
Charles Napier ... Sgt. Bill Henderson
Matt Ingersoll Matt Ingersoll ... Mourning Hare Krishna
Jack G. Spirtos Jack G. Spirtos ... Pickpocket Victim
Raphael Rey Gomez Raphael Rey Gomez ... Pickpocket
Tony Paris ... Pickpocket's Accomplice
Wendy Thorlakson ... Toy Store Cashier
William Taylor Anderson Jr. William Taylor Anderson Jr. ... Crack Dealer
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Real badge. Real gun. Fake cop.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le flic de Miami See more »

Filming Locations:

Kendall, Florida, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,002,997, 22 April 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,888,167
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tristes Tropiques See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was produced by Jonathan Demme and contains as part of cast and crew many individuals who worked in previous and future films directed by Demme. In the cast, actors Obba Babatundé, Charles Napier' who are regular cast members in several Demme films; producers Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt and Gary Goetzman' - who also appear as actors in this movie; Martine Beswick was in Melvin and Howard (1980) and Alec Baldwin was in Married to the Mob (1988); the cinematography was provided by Tak Fujimoto; editing by Craig McKay; costumed designer Eugenie Bafaloukos worked as costume supervisor in Something Wild (1986) and casting director was Howard Feuer. See more »

Goofs

When they have to buzz you in through a locked coin shop door, they also have to buzz you out. But Frenger just goes through the door after shooting Pedro and the coin shop owner. No one buzzes him out, and the door would be locked. See more »

Quotes

Frederick J. Frenger Jr.: Everything's turning... all orange... and silver.
See more »

Connections

References Gandhi (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Felicia My Love
(uncredited)
Music by Les Baxter
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Alec Baldwin walks away with quirky crime picture, having the time of his life
2 March 2003 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Alec Baldwin sports a great haircut in Miami Blues and knows it. He struts and swaggers through the movie like the cock of the walk, having a high old time and giving us one, too. It's an exhilarating, watch-this performance that can't help but call attention to itself but luckily happens to fit the character.

The character isn't so much fun. He's a happy-go-lucky psycho just sprung from prison and landed in Miami, where he brushes off a Hare Krishna acolyte in the airport by breaking his finger (the poor guy dies of shock). At his hotel he orders up a hooker (Jennifer Jason Leigh); they hit it off and pair up, mainly because `Princess Not-So-Bright' has trouble with independent thought. Then Baldwin is off and running through Dade and Broward Counties, stealing wallets and identities, staging impromptu holdups, and running giddily amok.

Tired old cop Fred Ward picks up his scent, and even shares a meal of many brews and Leigh's pork chops with the couple. But Baldwin turns the tables and ambushes Ward in his ratty old residential hotel, putting him in the hospital. The upside is that now Baldwin's got a new identity – Ward's – with a gun and a badge to prove it. Flamboyant and reckless, he continues his felonious spree like an overgrown kid playing cops and robbers. But he can't keep it up forever, not even in the anything-goes milieu of South Beach....

Miami Blues is drawn from a crime novel by Charles Willeford, who wrote (he died before the picture was adapted) in the playful, inventive Elmore Leonard vein. There's not much plot, just enough to hold together the characters, which it's about (and the movie's full of quirky characters, memorably including Shirley Stoller). But, though Ward gets top billing and Leigh flashes her credentials as a graduate of the Meryl Streep Academy of Accents, it's Baldwin's movie. If you're fond of ham, you're in for a feast.


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 65 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed