Ricardo Tubbs is urbane and dead smart. He lives with Bronx-born Intel analyst Trudy, as they work undercover transporting drug loads into South Florida to identify a group responsible for three murders. Sonny Crockett [to the untrained eye, his presentation may seem unorthodox, but procedurally, he is sound] is charismatic and flirtatious until - while undercover working with the supplier of the South Florida group - he gets romantically entangled with Isabella, the Chinese-Cuban wife of an arms and drugs trafficker. The best undercover identity is oneself with the volume turned up and restraint unplugged. The intensity of the case pushes Crockett and Tubbs out onto the edge where identity and fabrication become blurred, where cop and player become one - especially for Crockett in his romance with Isabella and for Tubbs in the provocation of an assault on those he loves.Written by
This movie, along with Heat (1995) and Collateral (2004), all feature a white supremacist or supremacists. Waingro has various tattoos of his affiliation. Max is robbed while tied to the steering wheel. Apart from their boots, quilted jackets, and generally all being Caucasian, the thug holding the gun to Max has a small, faint swastika on the corner of his lower eye. See more »
When Isabella and Jesus discuss what to do with Crockett and Tubbs, they speak in English. Both are Spanish speakers, and it's not clear why they don't converse in their common native tongue. It was probably filmed in English to make things easier on the audience. See more »
Although there were no opening credits in the theatrical release, the Unrated Director's Cut contains credits over a new sequence that opens the film. Once the credits are done, the film begins in the nightclub scene that opened the theatrical version. See more »
The unrated director's cut adds 7 minutes of unseen footage:
A 3 minute long boat race with opening credits
After the boat race there is a 1 minute scene where Crockett and Tubbs watch Detective Switek negotiate a deal with Neptune.
A line of dialogue from Alonzo (when hes driving) where he says "pick up some sh*t" has been removed
A line of dialogue where Crockett says "those are some skill sets" when looking at the satellite images of the speed boats has been removed
A brief, 30 second, scene where Nicholas calls Yero to set up the deal with Crockett and Tubbs
A scene from the theatrical cut when Crockett and Tubbs walk around an outside balcony at their hotel and walk in on Isabella and her men has been deleted. In the unrated cut, they go into their hotel room, they get a phone call, and they go to meet Montoya.
4 minutes of new footage over two scenes: After meeting Montoya, Tubbs calls Trudy to ask if everything is alright. She thanks him for some flowers that were sent to her. Tubbs tells her he didn't send them. After this phone call Tubbs and Trudy are in a diner talking about the flowers and how its part of being undercover.
A new shot in the airplane sequence where Tubbs identifies himself as flight zero-zero-zero and Zito in the other plane acknowledges him.
A 1 minute scene of Crockett and Isabella on a balcony when they are in Cuba. Isabella tells Crockett that she grew up in this house and how her mother was a surgeon.
The song "In the air tonight" performed by Nonpoint now plays leading up to the final shootout
When Isabella is coming over for the exchange before the shootout, someone saying "where you going bitch?" has been removed
A 1 minute scene after Crockett and Isabella leave the shootout, she hits and punches Crockett while he's driving. The car skids out and he ties her hands up.
A brief shot at the safe house when Crockett cut Isabella's hands free
The end credits have been shortened (because of the new opening credits) and Nonpoint's "In the air tonight" no longer plays. Now the credits play "One of these mornings" performed by Moby. (The Moby song is the second song during the theatrical credits)
"Miami Vice" is a very exciting filmfrom start to finish
Michael Mann presents the city of Miami as attractive, engaging, alluring, sensual and also dangerous
This is a story about being undercover, and what happens when you go deep undercover, particularly if you're doing an operation in a foreign country, where your badge doesn't count and where you can't have a SWAT team surveilling you, and people are not in contact, you really are out on the edge
Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) have to act, talk and walk like bad guys They have to convince a mid-level trafficker, the Colombian José Yero (John Ortiz) that they are not cops So they have to adapt themselves and change themselves to play the role they're trying to play It's all the impulses in their personality with the volume turned up and the inhibitions turned off
"Miami Vice" is not about one commodity, cocaine, and one geographical location, Columbia It's about globalized forms of trafficking Los Angeles to Port of Prince, to Guajira Peninsula, to Havana and, naturally, to Miami Crockett and Tubbs had to deal with major narcotics traffickers that act as brilliant businessmen, at the upper echelons of command and control, sitting in luxurious houses, eating the best foods, driving the best cars
Mann has, wisely, taken the format of the show presenting two cops confronting wealth and power after the death of one informant and the killing of his whole family
As police drama go, "Miami Vice" does exciting things when Yero jacked one of the two Miami cops' people The film is impeccable, especially in the last 30 minutes, when the police decided not to initiate until they've got Yero's shooters in their sights
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