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Miami Blues

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Based on the late Charles Willeford's series of hard-boiled crime novels featuring Miami cop Hoke Moseley, the Jonathan Demme-produced Miami Blues opens with the prison release of Frederick Frenger Jr. Alec Baldwin, a deranged killer who has barely de-boarded his plane before he's killed a Hare Krishna in the airport. Checking into his hotel, Frenger meets up with Susie Waggoner Jennifer Jason Leigh, a young prostitute with dreams of domestic life, and the two quickly become romantically involved. Meanwhile, the ...
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Based on the late Charles Willeford's series of hard-boiled crime novels featuring Miami cop Hoke Moseley, the Jonathan Demme-produced Miami Blues opens with the prison release of Frederick Frenger Jr. Alec Baldwin, a deranged killer who has barely de-boarded his plane before he's killed a Hare Krishna in the airport. Checking into his hotel, Frenger meets up with Susie Waggoner Jennifer Jason Leigh, a young prostitute with dreams of domestic life, and the two quickly become romantically involved. Meanwhile, the Hare Krishna murder case is given to Moseley Fred Ward, a grizzled vet who vows to hunt down Frenger, but may be getting too long in the tooth for the demands of his job.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
In the late 1980s, director Jonathan Demme achieved critical acclaim with Something Wild (1986) and Married to the Mob (1988), a pair of films remarkable for their offbeat cinematic style, characterized by a brightly lit, candy-coated look that masked an undertone of homicidal menace. Following those two projects, Demme produced Miami Blues (1990) for director George Armitage, a compatriot from Demme's days of working for no-budget genre maestro Roger Corman. The odd mixture of bubbly cheer and simmering, sexual violence was reproduced less adroitly in Miami Blues than in Demme's directorial efforts, but the film was an artistic success despite its unevenness. Most notable were stellar performances from the trio of leads, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Fred Ward as the "hero," Sergeant Hoke Moseley. Miami Blues was based on the novel of the same name by crime fiction writer Charles Willeford, part of an ongoing series featuring Moseley. Following Miami Blues, Demme returned to directing, and his work became more dark and somber with such films as The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993), and Beloved (1998).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2015
  • UPC: 826663156492
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 83,708

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Baldwin Frederick J. "Junior" Frenger
Fred Ward Sgt. Hoke Moseley
Jennifer Jason Leigh Susie "Pepper" Waggoner
Nora Dunn Ellita Sanchez
Charles Napier Sgt. Bill Henderson
Jose Perez Pablo
Paul Gleason Sgt. Frank Lackley
Ron Bozman Senor Lerner
Howard Feuer
Edward Saxon Krishna Ravindra
Obba Babatunde Blink Willie
Matt Ingersoll Mourning Hare Krishna
Gary Goetzman Hotel Desk Manager
Kenneth Utt Ram Ba
Steve Geng Big Fish Robber
Bobo Lewis Edna Damrosch
Tony Tracy Musclehead
Buddy Joe Hooker Shorty
Roy Datz Julio
Caitlin Brown Purse Snatch Victim
Gary Klar Head Bookie
Patrick Cherry Convenience Store Robber
Nancy Duerr Newswoman
Shirley Stoler Edie Wulgemuth
Joe Hess Pedro
Carmen Lopez Woman in Sports Car
Georgie Cranford Little Boy
Martine Beswicke Noira
Herb Goldstein Eddie Cohen
Technical Credits
George Armitage Director, Screenwriter
Maher Ahmad Production Designer
Eugenie Bafaloukos Costumes/Costume Designer
Chick Bernhardt Stunts
Ron Bozman Co-producer
Gary Chang Score Composer
Jonathan Demme Co-producer
Howard Feuer Casting
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Carl Fullerton Makeup
Gary Goetzman Co-producer
Joe Hess Stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker Stunts
William Horberg Associate Producer
Don Ivey Set Decoration/Design
Craig McKay Editor
Gary McLarty Stunts
Don Reddy Camera Operator
Edward Saxon Executive Producer
Kenneth Utt Co-producer
Fred Ward Executive Producer
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