Miami Vice (1984–1990)
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When Ira Stone films a video of American forces on illegal operations in South America, Crockett must protect him from their old nemesis Maynard, who will stop at nothing to silence Stone.


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Anthony Yerkovich (creator), David Jackson

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Episode cast overview:
Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese (credit only)
Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek
John Diehl ... Det. Larry Zito (credit only)
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Edward James Olmos ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo
Bob Balaban ... Ira Stone
G. Gordon Liddy ... Capt. William 'Mr. Real Estate' Maynard
Lonette McKee ... Alicia Mena
Raymond Forchion ... O'Hara
Eduardo Corbe Eduardo Corbe ... Judge Ed Zarvo
Dave Corey Dave Corey ... Bittenhaus
Jody Wilson Jody Wilson ... Customs Agent


Old buddy Ira Stone (Bob Balaban) calls Sonny collect from Managua, Nicaragua, claiming he has a reel of film of US forces mixing with Sandinistas, and killing locals and a priest. Sonny is more interested in his new set of wheels: one white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa. Stone is stalked, Sonny is pistol whipped and Captain William Maynard (G. Gordon Liddy) emerges to kidnap Stone to ransom him for the film, and the guys realize Stone finally got his story straight. Ira believes he goes out a hero. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

3 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Best episode ever
11 March 2006 | by nedzepelinSee all my reviews

This is my favorite episode of Miami Vice, maybe my favorite episode of any TV series. For a show that was heavy on style and action, not too mention the typical cop show format of good guys chasing down the bad guys, this episode is also surprisingly leftist. In fact, it's more leftist than shows from truly liberal series like Lou Grant or LA Law. "Stone's War" features superb performances by Bob Baliban and G Gordon Liddy (reprising their roles from an episode of the previous season). The plot revolves around Liddy supplying arms to unnamed fighters in an unnamed Central American country (but it's evident that it's about US arms being shipped to the Contras in Nicaragua). The last scene, set to Jackson Browne's "Lives in the Balance," makes a powerful, unforgettable statement.

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