Miami Vice (1984–1990)
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Brother's Keeper 

Miami detective Sonny Crockett reluctantly teams with New York cop Rico Tubbs when both of them end up pursuing a drug dealer who killed their partners.


Thomas Carter


Anthony Yerkovich (created by), Anthony Yerkovich

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese
Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek
John Diehl ... Det. Larry Zito
Gregory Sierra ... Lt. Lou Rodriguez
Bill Smitrovich ... Lt. Scott Wheeler
Belinda Montgomery ... Caroline Crockett
Martin Ferrero ... Trini DeSoto
Mykelti Williamson ... Leon Jefferson (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Miguel Pinero Miguel Pinero ... Esteban Calderone
Jimmy Smits ... Eddie Rivera
Michael Santoro Michael Santoro ... Corky Fowler
Jossie DeGuzman Jossie DeGuzman ... Maria Rivera


Miami Vice cop Sonny Crockett is working undercover to get a Columbian drug lord. When he tries to bust a man who is apparently in business with the Columbian he discovers that the man is New York cop who is also after the Columbian. They both agree to work together but the New York cop is keeping something from him. While the New York cop suspects that someone on Crockett's team might be on the take. Written by

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Release Date:

16 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Ferrari Daytona Sypder convertible that featured in the first two seasons of the show was one of two replica kit cars built on a 1980 Corvette chassis with Ferrari hardware by Tom McBurnie for importer Al Mardikian. The cars were bought for the show after Mardikian lost them to the IRS. See more »


Through out the scene, where the young lady dancing in stage. One of her white glove appears and disappears a few times. See more »


Ricardo Tubbs: [meets Elvis the alligator] Hey get him away from me man! I don't even like alligator shoes!
Sonny Crockett: Awww, you'll hurt his feelings...!
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Alternate Versions

On at least one VHS release of this pilot from MCA Home Video, The Rolling Stones' 1978 song "Miss You" was replaced by instrumental, '80s-sounding rock music. See more »


Features Pac-Man (1980) See more »


In The Air Tonight
Written by Phil Collins
Performed by Phil Collins
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It all started here
6 March 2005 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) is on the trail of finding Colombian drug-lord, Calderone, who killed his partner (Jimmy Smit, who would later get killed on NYPD Blue), when his runs into Rico Tubbs (Philip Thomas) who's out to avenger his brother's death at the same man's hands.Miami Vice affected pretty much every aspect of American culture in the '80's. Sonny was the epitome of cool. And it all started here, in the pilot episode/ TV movie. Perhaps it didn't age well, but I still like watching it every now and then. It can be seen on the Season one DVD set of the show.

My Grade: B+

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