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Miami Blues is a 1990 Black Comedy neo-noir directed by George Armitage and starring Fred Ward, Alec Baldwin, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, adapted from the novel of the same name by Charles Willeford.

Frederick J. Frenger Jr., nicknamed Junior, is an ex-con and professional identity thief who hopes to start a new life in Miami. Unfortunately, while in the airport Junior inadvertently causes the death of a Hare Krishna and he makes a run for it. Hiding out in a hotel, he meets a naive and ditzy hooker named Susie Wagner. Falling in love with her, they make plans to settle down together. Unbeknownst to Susie, who believes he has reformed, Junior steals the badge, gun, and dentures of aging and grizzled detective Hoke Moseley and embarks on a crime spree by stealing the loot of other criminals. Understandably angry, Moseley begins pursuing Junior.

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  • Anyone Can Die: Junior.
  • Badass Beard: Moseley grows one after Junior mugs and beats him.
  • Bait the Dog: Junior seems like a Lovable Rogue and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but as the film goes on he shows that he is really a murderous sociopath and a violent criminal.
  • Break the Cutie: Susie is the sweetest person in the film, and she winds up broken when she realizes Junior, the love of her life, is a violent criminal.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Moseley didn’t really take investigating the Hare Krishna and catching Junior seriously, until Junior steals his identity and sends him into the hospital.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Moseley. His partner Henderson is sarcastic as well, but lacks the Deadpan part.
  • Dirty Cop: Junior pretends to be one when disguised as Moseley. Sgt. Lackley is one for real.
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  • The Ditz: Susie.
  • Fingore: Edie chops off several of Junior’s fingers with a meat cleaver.
  • Large Ham: Henderson. You can tell Charles Napier made the most of his screen time.
  • Stupid Evil: Junior makes several decisions that wind up screwing him over.
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