When Fred Frenger gets out of prison, he decides to start over in Miami, Florida, where he starts a crime wave.
He soon meets up with amiable college student and part time prostitute Susie.
After Frenger is Sgt Moseley, a cop who is getting a bit old for the job, especially since the job of cop in late 1980's Miami is getting more dangerous all the time......
Miami Blues was one of those films back in 1990 that was advertised here, there, and everywhere. Every bus stop had the poster advertising it's release, every video cassette you rented had the trailer, and then, like most films that didn't do that well at the box office, disappeared without a trace.
27 years later, I come across it, and like a cat, I wanted to kill my curiosity. And I'm glad I did.
It's dated badly, it is set in time in the late eighties, men are begging to show their feminine side, but the old school cops are still gruff, and mocking minorities and dead hari krishnas.
When you get over the fact that this feels like Catch Me If You Can, and the fact that a young Alec Baldwin looks like Ryan Gosling, it's a pretty cool film noir with a wicked evil streak.
So Baldwin basically plays an evil Robin Hood, stops the criminals, but continues to steal from the victim. And ironically, the virginal Maid Marian is portrayed by every bodies favourite screen prostitute, Jennifer Jason Leigh.
But both are excellent in the film, and although their relationship is delusional, there is a wonderfully strange chemistry shared by them.
Ward is brilliant as the mimicked cop, and there is a hilarious cameo from everybody's favourite headmaster, Paul Gleason.
It's violent, atypically fashioned for the yuppy generation, but it's wonderfully cynical, with a wonderfully dark humour running through it.