Miami Blues (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

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


Alec Baldwin
as Frederick J. "Junior...
Fred Ward
as Sgt. Hoke Moseley
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Susie "Pepper" Waggo...
Nora Dunn
as Ellita Sanchez
Obba Babatundé
as Blink Willie
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
Matt Ingersoll
as Mourning Hare Krishn...
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 Ro...
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
Caitlin Brown
as Purse Snatch Victim
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Critic Reviews for Miami Blues

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 20, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 12, 2016

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

Super Reviewer


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

Miami Blues Quotes

Frederick J. "Junior" Frenger: Everything's turning all orange and silver.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
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.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Frederick J. "Junior" Frenger: This world is a shithole.
– Submitted by Diane B (4 years ago)

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