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Miami Blues (1990)

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Based on the late Charles Willeford's series of hard-boiled crime novels featuring Miami cop Hoke Moseley, the Jonathan Demme-produced Miami Blues opens with the prison release of Frederick Frenger Jr. (Alec Baldwin), a deranged killer who has barely de-boarded his plane before he's killed a Hare Krishna in the airport. Checking into his hotel, Frenger meets up with Susie Waggoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a young prostitute with dreams of domestic life, and the two quickly become romantically

Dec 3, 2002

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (4) | DVD (3)

Baldwin, Ward and Leigh are all perfect in this violent and funny and underseen gem.

September 17, 2005
Zap2it.com

One of Baldwin's best performances in a solid black comedy

April 7, 2005
Kalamazoo Gazette

Hard-boiled and consistently surprising. The entire cast shines.

April 3, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

A terrific crime movie that's both quirky and gritty.

October 1, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A cunningly hip crime caper that packs a decent amount of swagger

May 24, 2003
Movie Eye

A solid but unmemorable crime thriller.

February 27, 2003 | Comments (2)
San Francisco Examiner

Disarming black comedy-drama stands out among others in the pack because its offbeat plot turns make it hard for the viewer to match a rhythm to it

January 1, 2000 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for Miami Blues

It's better after a second viewing, but I wished I had liked this a lot more, after Edgar Wright recommended it. Alec Baldwin gives a great performance as a halfcocked psychopath whose love of life is so strong, mixed up and unscrupulous, he can't help but enjoy breaking fingers, busting jaws, playing cops-and-robbers, shooting people on a gut feeling and answering questions about his preferred vegetables with a pause to think out the words "I don't want to talk about that at this time." The rhythm and humanity of the rest of the movie is not good enough to swing around Baldwin's homicidal urges and primitive faith in carpe diem.

Demme produced this after directing Something Wild, where Ray Liotta's character was a lot like Alec Baldwin's here, although less wild-eyed and tilting at windfalls. But the earlier movie wasn't so relativistic about whether squares, suckers and slobs were living life more fully than a violent hoodlum, and about whether violence is just the law of nature that we've grown too soft and decadent to understand.
March 10, 2011
adammahler1

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Fine and enjoyable thriller and its mixture of satire, violence and social comment is fresh and invigorating, providing the perfect antidote to Miami Vice.
February 1, 2007
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Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

An early Alec Baldwin starring role, and one of his best, this is a very good drama with some elements of a black comedy. Worth seeing for Baldwin's performance at the very least.
March 9, 2012
Joey Shapiro

Super Reviewer

Early Baldwin which gets an initial knock from me. Quite frankly, I think George Armitage is trying to be Demme and produces something kind of hokey.
January 19, 2012
John Ballantine

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    1. Frederick J. "Junior" Frenger: Everything's turning all orange and silver.
    – Submitted by Frances H (13 months ago)
    1. Frederick J. "Junior" Frenger: My problem is that I can have everything and anything that I want, and I don't know what I want.
    – Submitted by Frances H (13 months ago)
    1. Frederick J. "Junior" Frenger: This world is a shithole.
    – Submitted by Diane B (2 years ago)
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