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Miami Blues (1990)

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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 »

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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
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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

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Taglines:

Real badge. Real gun. Fake cop.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$9,888,167
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tristes Tropiques See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Staff members and camera equipment visible in Frenger's glasses right before "muscle heads" raid and throughout it. See more »

Quotes

Frederick J. Frenger Jr.: Do you know any married people today? They're a team. They pull together and they get rich. They got it all.
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Society Ball
(uncredited)
Music by Ib Glindemann (as Dan Kirsten)
Ole Georg Music
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Extremely Entertaining Crime-Comedy
24 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This has a mean edge to it which usually doesn't excite me, but I really like this movie, because the meanness is tempered with comedy. It's pure entertainment, one of the fastest-moving 97 minutes you will find, thanks to a good combination of violence and humor.

The three main characters in here are all low-life scumbags but interesting and definitely fun to watch. Alec Baldwin plays a psycho thug and exhibits a good flair for comedy, which he has pursed several times in movies after this one. He's also a legitimately tough guy, or at least sounds like one. Jennifer Jason Leigh, perhaps the all-time female sleazoid in movies, is a lame-brained prostitute. I was very impressed with her southern accent.

Fred Ward is a strange cop in pursuit, one who has problems with his false teeth! Hey, this IS kind of an odd crime movie.

Despite the above, the violence in here can get rough with a few unpredictable happenings that will get your attention. There's also a good soundtrack, capped off at the end by Norman Greenbaum's classic "Spirit In The Sky."


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