Miami Blues Film Details
Overview: An ex-con’s first act of freedom is moving to Miami where he restarts his old criminal ways with even more potency.
Tagline: Real badge. Real gun. Fake cop.
Review: Based on the novel of the same name by Charles Willeford, “Miami Blues” is an account of an ex-con’s crime spree that includes murder, theft and impersonating a police officer. It’s also a thriller that’s full of black humour, strong violence and action that’s delivered at high speed. The sheer pace of this movie and the quirkiness of its characters are its strongest points and together ensure that it remains gripping from start to finish. After being released from a California prison, Frederick J Frenger Jr. (Alec Baldwin) flies to Miami airport where he steals a suitcase and gets hassled by a Hare Krishna devotee before casually breaking one of the guy’s fingers in retaliation. Unfortunately, his victim dies of shock and this triggers a police investigation. Frenger, who prefers to be known as Junior, checks into a hotel and orders a hooker. The simple-minded Susie Waggoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) soon joins him and they quickly begin a romantic relationship. Susie who’s working her way through college, wants to settle down to a conventional lifestyle and so when she and Junior set up house together, she happily spends her time cooking for him and keeping the place clean. She’s unaware that he’s an habitual thief and that during his time in Miami; he’s been carrying on business as usual. Detective Sergeant Hoke Moseley (Fred Ward), the veteran cop who’s investigating the killing at the airport, comes to Junior and Susie’s place because he says that Junior has been identified as a possible witness. The unkempt detective chats affably to the couple and shares a meal with them during which he consumes numerous cans of beer and clearly becomes convinced that Junior is an ex-con and probably the killer he’s pursuing. After finishing his meal and inviting Junior to a line-up at the police station, he leaves. Incensed by Moseley’s visit, Junior goes to the detective’s hotel room and brutally attacks the cop before stealing his gun, badge and false teeth. This gives him the opportunity to go on another stealing rampage during which he enjoys posing as a cop and using every advantage it gives him to relieve various people of their money and possessions. The assault on Moseley led to him being hospitalised but after being discharged, this previously laid-back cop becomes extremely determined to hunt Junior down and bring him to justice. This movie’s run-of-the-mill plot is illuminated by its characters and Alec Baldwin gives a particularly energetic performance as the violent sociopath who’s also an inveterate thief and a pathological liar. Deception also features strongly in his modus operandi as he arrives in Miami under an assumed identity, indulges in a sham version of suburban life and masquerades as a cop. Jennifer Jason Leigh makes the naïve Susie a sympathetic character and Fred Ward is great as the sleazy, unshaven and cynical cop who’s really struggling to cope but remains good natured despite being humiliated by Junior, ridiculed by his colleagues and having personal problems with his false teeth, alimony and indigestion. These characters’ flaws emphasise their humanity and provide an effective counterpoint to the callous ruthlessness of Junior in what ultimately proves to be a very engaging crime thriller.
Country: United States
Duration: 97 min
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Also known as: マイアミ・ブルース,Miami Blues,Balada de Miami,Peligro en Miami,Le flic de Miami,Miami blues,Маями блус,Майами Блюз,Ένας επικίνδυνος άνθρωπος,O Anjo Assassino,Şansă ratată,Маямі Блюз