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 Pepper (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a young prostitute with dreams of domestic life; the two become romantically involved. Meanwhile, … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: George Armitage
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On DVD: Dec 3, 2002
Orion Home Video



as Frederick J. "Junior...

as Sgt. Hoke Moseley

as Susie "Pepper" Waggo...

as Ellita Sanchez

as Blink Willie

as Sgt. Bill Henderson

as Pablo

as Edie Wulgemuth

as Sgt. Frank Lackley

as Senor Lerner

as Ravindra

as Mourning Hare Krishn...

as Hotel Desk Manager

as Big Fish Robber

as Edna Damrosch

as Musclehead

as Julio

as Head Bookie

as Convenience Store Ro...

as Newswoman

as Pedro

as Woman in Sports Car

as Little Boy

as Eddie Cohen

as Purse Snatch Victim
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Critic Reviews for Miami Blues

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | April 20, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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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.

Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

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

Dean McKenna

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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

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