Miami Blues

1990

Action / Comedy / Crime / Drama / Thriller

32
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 56%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 6637

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Cast

Jennifer Jason Leigh as Susie Waggoner
Alec Baldwin as Frederick J. Frenger Jr.
Fred Ward as Sgt. Hoke Moseley
Paul Gleason as Sgt. Frank Lackley
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758.14 MB
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1hr 37 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by lockwood-10 8 / 10

Alec at his best

This is now a cult type movie. Baldwin actually shot to fame with this movie about 27 years ago. He is a drifter who happens into Miami with nothing better to do than kill, rob, and manipulate a young woman. He is evil, funny, and really has no agenda other than getting whatever he wants, which he really does not know what he wants. No morals or anything other than everything for me. Very usual ending with Shirley Stoler bringing his crime spree to an end. Jennifer is excellent as the young naïve hooker, Fred Ward as the cop tasked to bring him down. Freeze your DVD recorder at the one scene where he robs gang members with a toy Uzi: Read what it says on the wall: Very relevant to the movie. I give this an 8 because it never leaves you in any kind of boredom. Good music score for Norman Greenbaum's 'Spirit in the Sky' to the closing. Look for good supporting roles from Paul Gleason. Also, not really a family movie.

Reviewed by FlashCallahan 7 / 10

Mmmmm vinegar pie......

When Fred Frenger gets out of prison, he decides to start over in Miami, Florida, where he starts a crime wave.

He soon meets up with amiable college student and part time prostitute Susie.

After Frenger is Sgt Moseley, a cop who is getting a bit old for the job, especially since the job of cop in late 1980's Miami is getting more dangerous all the time......

Miami Blues was one of those films back in 1990 that was advertised here, there, and everywhere. Every bus stop had the poster advertising it's release, every video cassette you rented had the trailer, and then, like most films that didn't do that well at the box office, disappeared without a trace.

27 years later, I come across it, and like a cat, I wanted to kill my curiosity. And I'm glad I did.

It's dated badly, it is set in time in the late eighties, men are begging to show their feminine side, but the old school cops are still gruff, and mocking minorities and dead hari krishnas.

When you get over the fact that this feels like Catch Me If You Can, and the fact that a young Alec Baldwin looks like Ryan Gosling, it's a pretty cool film noir with a wicked evil streak.

So Baldwin basically plays an evil Robin Hood, stops the criminals, but continues to steal from the victim. And ironically, the virginal Maid Marian is portrayed by every bodies favourite screen prostitute, Jennifer Jason Leigh.

But both are excellent in the film, and although their relationship is delusional, there is a wonderfully strange chemistry shared by them.

Ward is brilliant as the mimicked cop, and there is a hilarious cameo from everybody's favourite headmaster, Paul Gleason.

It's violent, atypically fashioned for the yuppy generation, but it's wonderfully cynical, with a wonderfully dark humour running through it.

Reviewed by runamokprods 8 / 10

Original, quirky, dark, and funny

Not quite a great film, but an entertainingly odd and unique one. Full of rough violence and noir situations, but played mostly as very dark comedy.

Alec Baldwin is very good indeed as a killer sociopath who somehow is also very likable when he's not robbing and beating people. Fred Ward is terrific as the scraggly cat of a cop who chases Baldwin down after Baldwin steals his badge, gun and false teeth, and starts to run around pretending to be a cop himself. And Jennifer Jason Leigh underplays to great effect as a pretty, dumb hooker, who falls for Baldwin, and doesn't figure out just what kind of dangerous, crazy guy he is until very late in the game.

That said, it doesn't add up to a lot emotionally, Leigh's role is underwritten, and there are several gaping logic holes the film just ignores (Ward has dinner early on with Baldwin and Leigh, clearly knows he's a criminal, but just leaves?!?)

But - those flaws noted - I've seen it twice, and fully enjoyed myself both times.

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