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
Just before the climactic shoot-out, "In the Air Tonight" by Nonpoint can be heard. The original Phil Collins version was featured prominently in the TV series (Unrated Director's Cut only). See more »
When Sonny takes down the Aryan guard outside of the trailer, his rifle is clearly a rubber prop, as it is clearly bent while he is choking the guard and wobbles when he stands back up. See more »
You seem okay. But him, I don't like how he looks.
[shows Det. James Crockett]
Det. Ricardo Tubbs:
Do you wanna fuck with my partner or do you wanna do business with us? 'Cause I don't give a shit how you think he looks.
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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)
A Cuban who grew up in Africa with a Chinese accent?
There was a lot of bad casting.
supposedly Isabella was born in Cuba, but Gong Li has a noticeable Chinese speech pattern (no "s" at the end of words, did she ever have to roll an R). At least they could have given a believable back story (Mama was a Communist exchange student, or something.)
Yero was slimy; he should be selling fake life insurance, not suavely running a nightclub and doing hi-tech intel for drug runners.
the lieutenant - I knew not to expect Edward James Olmos, but would you trust this guy to cover you, much less give orders?
There are plenty of comments about chemistry (lacking tension between just about any pairing, at least Alonzo proved the depth of his love) and plot (major story lines that vanished, like the FBI leak). But the movie really suffered because of these.
Then there was the soundtrack - part of what made the TV show was the edge from the music. Okay, redo the theme song - as good as the original was, it is dated - but don't put us to sleep.
When we rented it, I knew not to expect the original. Within fifteen minutes, I was just hoping for some decent cop drama, gave up on that and just hoped for some action and was still disappointed.
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