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Rewatching 80's Stuff

Dannyalcatraz

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Staff member
This is MY vote for THE show of the 1980s.
[video=youtube;2qZOmcMwpgM]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qZOmcMwpgM[/video]
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
I remember the theme music but didn't watch/understand Miami Vice.
Neon.
Men in pastels.
Men not wearing socks.
Wearing suits with t-shirts and/or jacket sleeves rolled up.
Guns.
Hot cars.
Hotter women.
A-list celeb/actor/rock star guest stars.*
Action.

It was like a Patrick Nagel painting come to life.







* surprisingly, NOT Duran Duran
 
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Dioltach

Adventurer
Actually, under all the glitz, Miami Vice had more depth than most 80s shows. Pretty much half the episodes end very darkly, it's made very clear that the fight against drugs is a losing battle. The cops themselves are traumatised wrecks from failed marriages, rape and seeing friends and loved ones murdered. Two of the main characters die for real during the show, one in a pretty gruesome way.

Miami Vice also paved the way for big money in television, and was the first show to use current popular music as an intrinsic part of the show. The scene in the opening episode with "In The Air Tonight" playing has become pretty iconic.

It's definitely worth watching, though.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Moderator
Staff member
Actually, under all the glitz, Miami Vice had more depth than most 80s shows. Pretty much half the episodes end very darkly, it's made very clear that the fight against drugs is a losing battle. The cops themselves are traumatised wrecks from failed marriages, rape and seeing friends and loved ones murdered. Two of the main characters die for real during the show, one in a pretty gruesome way.
There are some very strong, unexpected pieces of character development in that series.

Miami Vice also paved the way for big money in television, and was the first show to use current popular music as an intrinsic part of the show. The scene in the opening episode with "In The Air Tonight" playing has become pretty iconic.
Not just intrinsic, inseparable in some cases. Glen Frey’s “Smuggler’s Blues” was turned into a script for the show...in which Mr. Frey played a major character.

See also:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/77272/20-fashionable-facts-about-miami-vice

And:
[video=youtube;D7w-8vaaNuQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7w-8vaaNuQ[/video]
 
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ccs

39th lv DM
We don't have Hulu.
You don't have it, or it's not available in NZ?
Might also try NBC.com. I know it's there, but you've got to subscribe (pay) to get MV.


Do they do older movies at all?
(shrugs) Their blurb says thousands of movies, TV shows.... So I assume they've got something. But as I don't have a subscription I couldn't tell you how old/what.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
Actually, under all the glitz, Miami Vice had more depth than most 80s shows. Pretty much half the episodes end very darkly, it's made very clear that the fight against drugs is a losing battle. The cops themselves are traumatised wrecks from failed marriages, rape and seeing friends and loved ones murdered. Two of the main characters die for real during the show, one in a pretty gruesome way.

Miami Vice also paved the way for big money in television, and was the first show to use current popular music as an intrinsic part of the show. The scene in the opening episode with "In The Air Tonight" playing has become pretty iconic.

It's definitely worth watching, though.
And yet, for all of that, there was actually very little blood. I remember quite specifically a scene in which one of the "bloody" killings occurred; a single spot of blood, from a bullet wound, on an otherwise spotless Panama Suit.

These days I'll take "Moonbeam City" ;)
 

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