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Miami Blues

The movie Miami Blues was based on the book Miami Blues.

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Movie details for Miami Blues

The movie was released in 1990 and directed by George Armitage. Miami Blues was produced by MGM (Video & DVD). More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Alec Baldwin, Cecilia Pérez-Cervera, Georgie Cranford, Edward Saxon, José Pérez (II), Obba Babatundé, Fred Ward, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Napier, Matt Ingersoll, Jack G. Spirtos, Raphael Rey Gomez, Tony Paris, Wendy Thorlakson, William Taylor Anderson Jr., Gary Goetzman, Martine Beswick, Kenneth Utt, Kerrie Clark and Nora Dunn.

 

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Alec Baldwin should have had an Oscar nomination for his cunning performance as Frederick J. Frenger Jr., the sleek sociopath and master of quicksilver improvisation who sets the pace for this deceptively breezy crime comedy. Junior's a genius in his fash... Read More
Alec Baldwin should have had an Oscar nomination for his cunning performance as Frederick J. Frenger Jr., the sleek sociopath and master of quicksilver improvisation who sets the pace for this deceptively breezy crime comedy. Junior's a genius in his fashion, yet not especially bright. In moments of repose, his mouth has a way of falling open slightly, like that of an animal panting in the shade, or Marilyn Monroe thinking. Miami Blues, written and directed by George Armitage, from the novel by Charles Willeford, divides its attention among Junior and two other characters who, in their respective ways, are as eccentric as he: Susie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a room-service hooker enrolled at Miami-Dade Community College who dreams of acquiring middle-class stability (say, a Burger King franchise); and Hoke Moseley (Fred Ward), a Miami P.D. detective with false choppers who gets on Junior's trail. Junior and Susie set up housekeeping in Coral Gables, and when Hoke catches up to his quarry, he sits down in the couple's newly rented kitchen and joins them in a meal of pork chops and beer. At which point--well, see for yourselves.

Jonathan Demme coproduced Miami Blues, and the movie operates as a companion piece to Demme's black-comedy meditation on the elusiveness of contentment in these United States, Something Wild ('86). The three principal actors are all terrific, but it's through Susie--and by all means Jennifer Jason Leigh's complex portrait of this down-to-earth creature--that Miami Blues finally touches a deep, abiding sadness, and the bruised tenaciousness of the American Dream. --Richard T. Jameson

Book details for Miami Blues

Miami Blues was written by Charles Willeford. The book was published in 1984 by NO EXIT PRESS. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

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