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
After the initial test-screening, the running time shrank from 150 minutes to 132 minutes. 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 »
[showing a picture of her mother to Sonny]
See? Lucinda Somebody's wedding. Everybody's with couples, husbands and wives. They all pose. But she is more special.
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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)
First let me say that I am a huge fan of the series. Without a doubt it always has been my favorite television series of all time, so with Michael Mann helming their movie-make, my expectations were very high. Too high I fear, because I left this film disappointed. First the actors. Collin Farrell did a good Sonny, who stole the spotlight of the picture, along with foil/love interest Isabella (Gong Li). I did miss the house boat and the pet gator though. After those two, everybody else, including Jamie Foxx's Ricardo Tubbs, were little more than after thoughts. Foxx played his character far too low key and missed the cool Caribbean vibe Phillip Michael Thomas brought to the television role. In this film, Foxx was little more than a sex scene and a prop to propel Sonny's story forward. The action itself was good, but not great. There was a fast pace, as any Miami Vice story should have, but after all was said and done, I just didn't feel the film did justice to such a ground-breaking television show. After leaving the theater, I remembered why I stay away from movie adaptations of favorite comics and television shows. All hype, not enough substance. I think I will go sit down with my Miami Vice Season II DVD now, and watch the characters I really love...
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