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Miami Blues is a 1990 film based on the novel of the same name by Charles Willeford. It stars Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Fred Ward, and was directed by George Armitage.

When sociopath Fred Frenger (Baldwin) gets out of prison, he decides to start over in Miami, Florida, where he starts a violent one-man crime wave. He soon meets up with amiable college student/prostitute Susie Waggoner (Leigh). Opposing Frenger is Sgt Hoke Moseley (Ward), a cop who is getting a bit old for the job, especially since the job of cop in 1980s Miami is getting crazier all the time.


Fred Frenger

The main character, Fred Frenger, played by Alec Baldwin, fits the profile of a psychopath. He lies and steals habitually, attacks and kills people without provocation, makes and breaks promises to get what he wants, and does not show remorse. Roger Ebert describes him as "a thief, con man and cheat. He also is incredibly reckless... He wanders through the world looking for suitcases to steal, wallets to lift, identification papers he can use". Leonard Maltin writes in his Movie Guide that Frenger is a "psychopathic thief and murderer". Other critics have simply dubbed the character a "sociopath" (an alternate clinical term for a psychopath).

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