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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 07/26/2006

Can You Feel It Coming in the Air Tonight?

By Jen Chaney

With "Miami Vice" turning from TV show into movie adaptation come this Friday, you may be thinking: "Great! Now I can finally wear my bright turquoise T-shirt with my white blazer again without being ruthlessly mocked."

Except that's not exactly the case. The film version of "Vice" has almost nothing to do with the groundbreaking 1980s series that, for a brief, shining moment, made Phil Collins seem kind of cool. True, Michael Mann -- the series creator -- directs, and undercover cops Crockett and Tubbs prove they still know their way around a speedboat. But otherwise the similiarities are few. As a public service, here is a list of ways that "Vice" the movie and "Vice" the show differ. I hope this clears up any confusion.
P.S. For the love of God, put your socks back on.

The Differences Between "Miami Vice" the Movie and "Miami Vice" the TV Show:

--If you're all amped up to see Crockett's pet alligator, Elvis, in the film version, forget it. The cinematic Crockett (played by Colin Farrell) has no reptilian friends, at least none that we ever see. I do hear, however, that Elvis might make a cameo in "Snakes on a Plane." What, you think the snakes don't recruit alligators into their posse? Don't be so naive.

--Obviously the roles of Crockett and Tubbs have been taken over by Farrell and Jamie Foxx. But anyone hoping for a cameo from TV heartthrobs Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas may be disappointed. On the other hand, anyone psyched to see regular "Vice" guest star Glenn Frey in a cameo appearance ... will also be disappointed. Hey man, it's the nature of the business. It's the smuggler's blues.

--The Phil Collins song "In the Air Tonight" became inextricably linked with the "Vice" series after it was used in the first episode. But you won't hear it in the movie ... unless you stick around for the closing credits. But this time, a band called Nonpoint does the honors instead of Phil. Honestly, is there no reverence for old '80s hits? What's next, MIA remaking "Sussudio"?

--Farrell and Foxx dress well. But the old "Vice" style -- the bright pastels, the white linen suits and, of course, those loafers sans socks -- is officially dead. A look the movie does feature: Men wearing scrunchies. At one point, Farrell pulls back his long locks into not just one scrunchy, but two. All right, it's possible they were plain rubber bands, but I'm sticking with the scrunchy theory. For the sake of humanity, hopefully this 'do won't come into vogue anytime soon. The merits of "Miami Vice" aside, I definitely prefer Colin with "Minority Report" hair.

By Jen Chaney  | July 26, 2006; 11:45 AM ET
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The quote in your story "for the love of God put your socks back on" had me CRACKING UP! at my desk. I don't know why, but it just totally assaulted my phony bone! The rest of the article was a good read too.

Posted by: Carolyn | July 27, 2006 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, it assaulted my "funny" bone. See, I'm laughing so hard I can't type what I'm thinking... :-)

Posted by: Carolyn | July 27, 2006 9:06 AM | Report abuse

At least Jamie Foxx is a much better actor than the other one... I can't even remember hs name... Oh well, good that the 80's fashion will not sticky back again... :-)

Posted by: Nandy | August 11, 2006 10:05 PM | Report abuse

They butcherd in the air tonigt like a slab of steak

Posted by: tom | August 17, 2006 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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