Miami Blues (1990) - 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.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: George Armitage
Stars: Fred Ward, Alec Baldwin
Length: 97 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 6 out of 63 found boring (9.52%)

One-line Reviews (32)

Over all this film is definitely worth watching if you have the chance and if you in the unlikely event that don't like it it is only ninety minutes long so you won't have wasted much time.

Based upon a book by Charles Willeford it is variously described as 'exciting', 'off beat', 'far out' or the more predictable 'underrated'.

There are many minor details that those who have read the book will find enjoyable too.

One of the rare films that is worth watching more than once.

Extremely Entertaining Crime-Comedy .

The original and unpredictable narrative has a genuine freshness and bristling vitality to it that's a total exciting joy to behold.

Slow on the uptake.

You even get a totally pointless cameo by cult favourite Martine Beswick!

waste of time .

Just a complete waste of time, and when Baldwins character gets his hand chopped off in the end, I cheered.

It's got enough interesting faces in its supporting cast to help it make an enjoyable cult-favourite type of film.

There is no redemption for any character, no message, nothing to make you walk away thinking about what you've just seen.

Alec Baldwin plays the ruthless killer with wonderful comic timing and Fred Ward's pursuing policeman is equally engaging.

And you save your money...

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.

As with 'Breathless', the plot of 'Miami Blues' has no clear direction, which results in everything seeming spontaneous and unpredictable in the best possible way.

), etc., but overall, I think this movie was very entertaining and a nice offbeat surprise with some great performances and lines.

Despite a weak script, "Miami Blues" is worth watching once, mostly for the really fine performances of Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

His intense bright blues spotlighting a hair trigger sociopath tendency.

Frenger, Jr. (superbly played with riveting wired intensity by Alec Baldwin) gets out of jail and goes to Miami, Florida to embark on a crime spree.

Writer/director George Armitage, adapting Charles Willeford's first-rate crime novel, successfully retains the idiosyncratic sensibility and colorfully engaging characters from the book; the result is a lively, engrossing and intoxicating cinematic cocktail of oddball black humor and nasty violence that maintains a constant snappy pace and a blithely amoral tone throughout.

A Competent and Enjoyable Crime Film .

and entertaining movie, though, in NO WAY do I consider this a comedy.

I really enjoyed it!

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.

The characters are consistent, and there is a rudimentary plot, engaging and amusing without being in any way memorable.

It's fascinating and absolutely hilarious.

In short, I thought this was a competent and enjoyable crime film and I have rated it accordingly.

All of this leads up to a fantastic third act that, while exciting, does all of the characters justice.

The wounded druggie says, "why did you shoot when I stopped" Baldwin tells him "it was a warning shot but I missed" A very underrated film and thoroughly enjoyable

Despite the above, the violence in here can get rough with a few unpredictable happenings that will get your attention.

Meandering movie with pointless violence .