Miami Blues (1990)
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Critic Reviews for Miami Blues
[George] Armitage gets Willeford's cracked black humor and slightly off-kilter universe ...
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.
Baldwin, Ward and Leigh are all perfect in this violent and funny and underseen gem.
One of Baldwin's best performances in a solid black comedy
Hard-boiled and consistently surprising. The entire cast shines.
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.
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.
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.
Miami Blues Quotes
|Frederick J. "Junior" Frenger:||Everything's turning all orange and silver.|
|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.|
|Frederick J. "Junior" Frenger:||This world is a shithole.|