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Laced with hard-boiled thrills and pitch-black comedy, Miami Blues delivers a disarmingly off-kilter crime caper. Read critic reviews

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After Junior (Alec Baldwin) is released from prison, he plans on starting a new life in Miami. But when he kills a man in the airport, he flees the scene and finds Susie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a mild-mannered prostitute searching for stability. The two opposites become romantically involved, and Junior steals a badge and gun from a veteran detective (Fred Ward). Using the officer's identity, Junior embarks on a crime spree and convinces Susie that he is the perfect man.

Cast & Crew

Alec Baldwin
Frederick J. Frenger Jr.
Fred Ward
Sgt. Hoke Moseley
Nora Dunn
Ellita Sanchez
Charles Napier
Sgt. Bill Henderson
Paul Gleason
Sgt. Frank Lackley
Charles Willeford
Writer (Novel)
George Armitage
Screenwriter
Ron Bozman
First Assistant Director
William Horberg
Associate Producer
Edward Saxon
Executive Producer
Kenneth Utt
Co-Producer
Fred Ward
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Miami Blues

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Audience Reviews for Miami Blues

  • Apr 21, 2016
    Baldwin's unhinged performance is the best thing about this movie. Such crazed energy from a villain is rare in these types of thrillers.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2012
    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.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2012
    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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2011
    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.
    Adam M Super Reviewer

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