Miami Blues (1990)

R   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Drama

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An ex-con's first act of freedom is moving to Miami where he restarts his old criminal ways with even more potency.




  • Nora Dunn in Miami Blues (1990)
  • Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Miami Blues (1990)
  • Charles Napier and Fred Ward in Miami Blues (1990)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh in Miami Blues (1990)
  • Alec Baldwin in Miami Blues (1990)
  • Fred Ward in Miami Blues (1990)

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21 December 2003 | bob the moo
Pulpy but quite fun
Fred Frenger Jr is just out of prison when he flies into Miami. When he accidentally kills someone at the airport he becomes hunted by the police - something that his criminal activities can't afford. When Sergeant Moseley gets too close to catching him, Jnr robs him taking his badge, gun and false teeth. Living with his wife (under a lie) Jnr starts to live out the life as a cop AND a criminal while Moseley tries to get him.

I've seen this film a couple of times and still am not 100% sure what it wants to be, a comedy, a violent crime thriller or a mix of both. A mix of both would seem to be the answer but the two don't seem integrated only separate throughout the film. What the film comes across as, is the story of two men, both of whom have their own humorous touches and quirks that make the story work quite well.

The story is quite violent and is best viewed as a crime thriller that happens to have dark humour through it. While the plot seems to lack a real obvious direction it is the characters that take the film along. Frenger is violent and unhinged and played very well by a crazy looking Baldwin. Moseley is a stronger character whom I would have liked to have seen more of in the film - he is cheap, dirty and very interesting. Ward fits him like a glove and plays the character well. The third strong in the bow is rather sympathetic and is well done by Leigh who delivers an interesting character.

Overall this is a strange hybrid but it works well. It has all the traits of a pulp thriller with dark comedy, even if the plot is less substantial than I'd expected it to be. Overall this is an underrated little film that is well worth keeping an eye out for, if only for it's characters and dark humorous violence.

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