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Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami.
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 10 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Don Johnson ...  Detective James Crockett 111 episodes, 1984-1990
Philip Michael Thomas ...  Detective Ricardo Tubbs 111 episodes, 1984-1990
Saundra Santiago ...  Detective Gina Calabrese / ... 111 episodes, 1984-1990
Olivia Brown ...  Detective Trudy Joplin / ... 111 episodes, 1984-1990
Michael Talbott ...  Detective Stan Switek 110 episodes, 1984-1990
Edward James Olmos ...  Lieutenant Martin Castillo / ... 107 episodes, 1984-1990
John Diehl ...  Det. Larry Zito 58 episodes, 1984-1988
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Storyline

Stubble-faced detective Crockett lived in a sailboat guarded by his alligator Elvis. His partner Tubbs was a black New York cop looking for his brother's killer. Together they took on the Florida drug world. The show influenced men's fashions toward Italo-casual and interior decor toward the Miami look. Very trendy music and unusual guest performers. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miami Unworthiness See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (111 episodes)

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Stereo (Seasons 1-5)| Dolby Digital (5.1 surround) (DVD version)| DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sonny's undercover alias was "Sonny Burnett." Ricardo's became "Rico Cooper" except for the pilot, when his alias was "Teddy Prentiss," and some early first season episodes when he used "Richard Taylor." See more »

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In the beginning of the episode "Calderon's Return, Part 1", a hired assassin, supposedly one of the best in the world, is seen putting on surgical gloves to keep his fingerprints off the gun he is about to use. However, before he puts on the gloves, he moves the gun off of them by touching the gun butt with his fingertips. See more »

Quotes

Det. Gina Navarro Calabrese: I wonder what the price of silence is in Haiti.
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Crazy Credits

Three episodes of the series have these additional songs playing at the closing credits instead of the show's original theme song: "Calderone's Return": Tina Turner - "What's Love Got to Do With It?"; this song plays over footage of Crockett and Tubbs riding a speedboat, plus flashbacks of Tubbs and Angelina. "Phil the Shill": Phil Collins - "Life is a Rat Race" and "Freefall" (final episode): Terry Kath - "Tell Me"; this song plays over a montage of scenes from the show. See more »

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In The Air Tonight
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Even with 80's rose tinted glasses it holds up.
31 August 2011 | by amesmondeSee all my reviews

This classic ground breaking series followed two very different Police Department detectives working undercover in Miami.

It holds up, the characters are still as endearing as they were back then. The first season has its faults mainly the abrupt cutting between scenes (due to planned adverts) but also at times the writers or directors don't seem to know how to finish a scene before the next as with many of the shows of the time. New comers may find this a little jarring and frustrating as this has been finely tuned in modern quality TV shows.

The first season has some rough episodes but of the 22 they are the few and far between. The characters are great and the acting is decent for the most part. The meeting of the both leads is great, Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas), a New York street cop collides with James "Sonny" Crockett (Don Johnson) Former football star and 'Nam vet' now undercover detective. It's good to watch their friendship grow through good and bad times. The supporting cast are on fine form, notably Det. Gina Calabrese (Saundra Santiago) and Lt. Castillo (Edward James Olmos) who becomes their new boss a few episodes in.

Its fitting that the exposition isn't forced and you need to take note to what the characters are saying. Many of the cast are while not major stars are veteran bit part actors who have familiar faces. In addition, as well as the many guest stars including Bruce Willis it's surprising how many of the supporting cast are stars now, for example Ving Rhames.

Even after being viewed through 80's rose tinted glasses and overlooking some cheese - it encapsulates a fanciful nostalgia, the clothes, the cars, the boats, soundtrack and even Miami itself. The style and panache of Crockett and Tubbs sums it up, but that's not to say the locations, story lines and character are not without a dark side, prostitution, kidnapping, murder and drugs (mainly heroin) to name a few. These maybe sanitized slightly due to censorship of the time but there's enough to give it an edge especially for the time.

Restrictions and the unkindness of time aside, like the Equalizer, from its motion picture shooting style and production/wardrobe design, to the landmark music Miami Vice is as entertaining today as it was back then.


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