Miami Vice (1984–1989)
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Nobody Lives Forever 

A passionate romance distracts Crockett to the point that it nearly derails the pursuit of three thugs on a rampage.


Jim Johnston


Anthony Yerkovich (created by), Edward Di Lorenzo (as Edward DiLorenzo) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese
Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek
John Diehl ... Det. Larry Zito
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Edward James Olmos ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo
Martin Ferrero ... Izzy Moreno
Peter Friedman ... Morgan
Giancarlo Esposito ... Ricky
Frank Military ... Ace
Michael Carmine ... Snake
Lionel Chute Lionel Chute ... Punk #3
Kim Greist ... Brenda
Gusmano Cesaretti Gusmano Cesaretti ... Paulie


A passionate romance distracts Crockett to the point that it nearly derails the pursuit of three thugs on a rampage.

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Release Date:

29 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami Beach, Florida, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


-In the open when one of the thugs shoots the victim a second time he says "You don't look so bad - here's another" which was reported (likely incorrectly) to have been said by Bernhard Goetz in a highly publicized New York City Subway incident which occurred the prior year (1984). See more »


During the scene where Sonny and Brenda take the yacht out, you can see the wake from the other boat the camera is on. See more »


Brenda: How do you go from this tranquility to that violence?
Sonny Crockett: I usually take the Ferrari.
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References My Mother the Car (1965) See more »


Bad To The Bone
Written by George Thorogood
Performed by George Thorogood
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A splendid episode of this classic series
16 May 2007 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

"Nobody Lives Forever" is a superb episode of "Miami Vice" from director Jim Johnston. Beginning with action accompanied by George Thorogood's "Bad To The Bone", the opening sequence climaxes with the ketchup strewn destruction of a lunch truck. Good, messy fun!

There's romance in the air for Sonny Crockett who has fallen for the undeniable charms of beautiful, up-market Brenda, played by Kim ("Manhunter") Greist. As a result of this relationship, Crockett's work starts to suffer, posing serious questions about his future as an undercover cop.

There's a terrific soundtrack to this episode, including Red 7's "Heartbeat". This seems to be a Mann favourite - he used this for the end titles of the aforementioned "Manhunter". Another memorable track is Glenn Frey's "New Love".

Don Johnson's performance is pitch perfect and the episode is both realistic and moving.

There's great continuity with earlier story lines. Here, mention is made of the untouchable Lombard, last seen in "One Eyed Jack."

9 out of 10.

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