Miami Vice was a television series (five seasons on NBC from 1984-1989) starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as two Miami policemen working undercover, James Sonny Crockett (Sonny) and Ricardo Tubbs . A motion picture based on the series is currently planned for release by the end of 2005.
Many episodes of Miami Vice were filmed in the South Beach section of Miami Beach, an area which, at the time, was blighted by poverty and crime. Scripts for some episodes were loosely based on actual crimes that occurred in Miami over the years. (Example: Out Where the Buses Don't Run, 1985)
In the first seasons the tone was often very light, especially when comical characters such as Noogie and Izzy appeared. Later on, the content was almost always quite dark and cynical, with Crockett and Tubbs also having to fight corruption.
Personal issues also arose: Crockett divorced from his wife Caroline and later his second wife was killed by a criminal. In the three episodes Mirror Image, Hostile Takeover and Redemption in Blood, a concussion caused by an explosion causes Crockett to believe he is his undercover alter ego Sonny Burnett. Tubbs had a partly personal vendetta with the Calderone family.
The show also had a huge influence on (men's) fashion at the time, arguably inventing the "white T-shirt under Armani jacket"-style. Pastel colors dominated in clothes as well as in architecture.
The show was noted for its innovative use of music, particularly the instrumental music of Jan Hammer, who was also responsible for the title music.
Filming is set to begin in May 2005 for the new Miami Vice movie. Locations are tentatively set for Miami, Colombia, Cuba, Paraguay, Haiti, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. The Universal Pictures production is set to be released in North America on July 28, 2006 starring Colin Farrell (Crockett) and Jamie Foxx (Tubbs). The Director and Screenwriter is, as in the original, Michael Mann. Also set to appear are actors Wes Studi and Danny Trejo who incidentally also appeared in Michael Mann's Heat in 1995 which had a similar feel to "Vice".
Jamie Foxx was quoted as saying in a pre-production statement in early 2005: "The chemistry between us is already there, like it was with me and Tom Cruise in Collateral, so making this movie is going to be a total blast. And it's going to redefine cool. You're going to see our Crockett and Tubbs suits and be like, 'I want those.' You'll see our car and you'll go, 'I want one of those.' And as for our woman, man, you're gonna be like, 'Now I gotta get me some of that.'"
Cast of original 1984-1989 series
- Don Johnson - Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett
- Philip Michael Thomas - Det. Ricardo Tubbs
- Edward James Olmos - Lieutenant Martin Castillo
- Saundra Santiago - Det. Gina Navarro Calabrese
- Olivia Brown - Det. Trudy Joplin
- Michael Talbott - Det. Stanley Switek
- John Diehl - Det. Larry Zito
- Martin Ferrero - Izzy Moreno
- Charlie Barnett - Noogie Lamont
- Sheena Easton - Caitlin Davies-Crockett
- Pam Grier - Valerie Gordon
- Belinda Montgomery - Caroline Crockett
Many famous actors guest starred in Miami Vice, for example Phil Collins, David Rasche and Ian McShane. Lee Iacocca of the former Chrysler Corporation also made an appearance.
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