Miami Blues (1990)




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Baldwin is a thief and a murderer who assualts and robs Miami cop Hoke Mosley (Ward). Posing as Mosley, Baldwin causes havok robbing people. Meanwhile Ward, a laughing stock a work, searches for Baldwin to clear his name and get back his false teeth.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Alec Baldwin
as Frederick J. "Junior" Frenger
Fred Ward
as Sgt. Hoke Moseley
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Susie "Pepper" Waggoner
Nora Dunn
as Ellita Sanchez
Obba Babatundé
as Blink Willie
Jose Perez
as Pablo
Charles Napier
as Sgt. Bill Henderson
Shirley Stoler
as Edie Wulgemuth
Paul Gleason
as Sgt. Frank Lackley
Ron Bozman
as Senor Lerner
Edward Saxon
as Ravindra
Kenneth Utt
as Ram Ba
Matt Ingersoll
as Mourning Hare Krishna
Gary Goetzman
as Hotel Desk Manager
Steve Geng
as Big Fish Robber
Bobo Lewis
as Edna Damrosch
Tony Tracy
as Musclehead
Roy Datz
as Julio
Gary Howard Klar
as Head Bookie
Patrick Cherry
as Convenience Store Robber
Nancy Duerr
as Newswoman
Joe Hess
as Pedro
Carmen Lopez
as Woman in Sports Car
Georgie Cranford
as Little Boy
Herb Goldstein
as Eddie Cohen
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Critic Reviews for Miami Blues

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

[George] Armitage gets Willeford's cracked black humor and slightly off-kilter universe ...

Full Review… | February 12, 2016

What makes Miami Blues so true to its source material is that its "fun," fizzy elements don't completely dispel the roiling bile in its belly.

Full Review… | April 27, 2015
The Dissolve

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

September 17, 2005

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 2, 2005

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

October 1, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for Miami Blues


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 Shapiro
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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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 Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

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