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Miami Vice (2006)



Critic Consensus: Miami Vice is beautifully shot but the lead characters lack the charisma of their TV series counterparts, and the underdeveloped story is well below the standards of Michael Mann's better films.

Movie Info

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 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 intensity of this 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.more
Rating: R (for strong violence, language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Mann
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 5, 2006
Box Office: $63.4M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Colin Farrell
as Sonny Crockett
Jamie Foxx
as Ricardo Tubbs
Li Gong
as Isabella
Naomie Harris
as Trudy Joplin
Ciarán Hinds
as Agent Fujima
Barry Shabaka Henley
as Lt. Martin Castillo
Luis Tosar
as Montoya
Elizabeth Rodriguez
as Gina Calabrese
Eddie Marsan
as Nicholas
John Hawkes
as Alonzo Stevens
Ana Cristina de Oliv...
as Female Bartender
Tom Towles
as Coleman
Frankie Jay Allison
as Deep-Chested Aryan B...
Anthony Curran
as Aryan Brother
Stephanie Astalos Jo...
as Dark-Haired Aryan Br...
Stephan Jones
as Dark-Haired Aryan Br...
Rob Larson
as Long-Haired Aryan Br...
Don Frye
as Long-Haired Aryan Br...
Maxim Danilov
as Russian FBI Agent
Pasha D. Lychnikoff
as Russian FBI Agent
Everlayn Borges
as Miss Cuba
Juanita Billue
as Miss Jamaica
Patrick Michael Buck...
as Air Traffic Controll...
Marc Macaulay
as Air Traffic Supervis...
Mike Pniewski
as ER Doctor
Richard Katanga
as Haitian Patamilitary...
Dexter Fletcher
as Haitian Paramilitary
Oleg Taktarov
as Russian Security
Alexander Rafalski
as Isabella's Security
Ilan Krigsfeld
as Isabella Security
Juliana Guedes
as Isabella's Secretary
James Maurice Rowan ...
as Guy in Double Wide T...
Deborah Demere
as Woman in Double Wide...
Abdel Tornes
as The Courier
Maria Lura Leon
as Casino Office Worker
María León
as Casino Office Worker
Kenny Acevedo
as FBI Agent
Ryan M. Phillips
as Newscaster
Amir Aviram
as Guy Hitting on Gina
Julia Perevedentseva
as Blonde Talking to Tu...
Gilbert Quintana
as Marine Shed Guard
Chris Astoyan
as Agent Perry
Robert W. Larson
as Long-Haired Aryan Br...
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Critic Reviews for Miami Vice

All Critics (204) | Top Critics (46)

This somber action picture bravely defies expectations and gives us something wholly new.

Full Review… | October 7, 2006
Top Critic

Painterly scumble... dimly illuminated night settings. Miami Vice is Mann's usual triangulation of Nietzsche, linen-edge designers like Ozwald Boateng and distinguished painters of geometric abstraction, like the great Richard Diebenkorn.

Full Review… | June 14, 2015

Mann's folly is the best show in town.

Full Review… | December 17, 2013
Stop Smiling

Miami Vice isn't a particularly accurate translation of the show - and depending on your point of view that could be good or bad - but it is a stylish, if uninspired, crime thriller.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011

Mann has no peer today when it comes to painting after-hours dread

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

Perhaps the first Michael Mann film to almost completely lack a human element; or rather, the human element it possesses is thin and unconvincing.

Full Review… | July 1, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Miami Vice

What this film seriously lacks in a coherent and discernable plot and character development, it more than makes up for it with tons of style, great cinematography, and well-placed tension. The gunplay (what little there is), is done well, and even though the film is more style than substance, and could stand to be trimmed up greatly, it's a thinking man's drama/thriller, and not a blockbuster action film.

Unfortunately, it's called Miami Vice, and features characters taken from the classic 80s show. I have no problem with a film adaptation of Miami Vice, but Mann, who was a major creative force behind the show, should have known better, as well as done better.

Unable to get the music, and some other elements from the show due to legal issues, he had to update things and come up with new stuff. My feeling though, is that if you aren't able to truly make the film you want to make, then why bother?

They should have called it something other than Miami Vice, and changed the character names. That would have made this a better film. Also, the story here is really incoherent, muddled, and doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It's also really long (especially the director's cut), and filled with a lot of filler subplots that just don't work for me, even with the decent use of mood, tone, and atmosphere.

Some of the music is okay, but don't get me started on the Phil Collins cover, and especially how it's used.

As far as casting, Farrell and Foxx are fine, but Barry Shabaka Henley sucks as Castillo, and, though she is pretty, Li Gong can't act or even speak English for crap.

I love Michael Mann, but I really wanna know what went wrong. It's hard to defend this one and feel good about it, and, even when it does get something right, it gets overshadowed by everything that's wrong.

At least some of the cinematography (daytime exteriors especially) is great.

Overall though, this is a tedious, boring, and poor adaptation that really could have worked, but only if major changes took place.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Action: Realistic and engaging (except for the last gunfight where some fool shoots under a car... you'll see why). Plot: Absolutely horrible with one of the worst chemistries put into film (between Colin Farrell and some asian chick). It could've been great, but there were way too many problems with this highly stylized but lacking movie.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

I might be one of the only people that thoroughly enjoy and respect Michael Mann's full length adaption of his t.v. series. I just think it has all the great things about cop dramas and all of the great techniques of Michael Mann. The digital video is ridiculously fitting for a movie about two Narcs in the middle of a gangster conflict. I guess you have to like the two stars of the movie, Colin Ferrell and Jamie Foxx, who carry their own fanbases and hate groups. For someone who's a fan of both, I thought it was an amazing team up and their chemistry was great together. This is clearly a movie that you have to want to watch and get into, not just something for casual viewing. This is extremely hard around the edges and has very little light-hearted moments. It's extremely gritty and a different kind of cop movie than we're used to seeing. I love how Miami Vice is serious about its goals and beautiful style. The plot is one of the more fine tuned and seems like it could possibly happen in a real-life scenario. Crockett and Tubbs got rid of their nutball clothes and were turned into some truly hard as nails cops.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Miami Vice Quotes

Isabella: Do you dance?
– Submitted by Emma S (3 years ago)
Ricardo Tubbs: Do you wanna fuck with my partner or do you wanna do business with us? 'Cause I don't give a shit how you think he looks.
– Submitted by Alex A (5 years ago)
Sonny Crockett: I'm a fiend for mojitos.
– Submitted by Alex A (5 years ago)

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