Blood is thicker than wine in this taut thriller from director Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces). Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson brings his unique talent to the role of Alex Gates, a crooked wine merchant who schemes to steal a priceless diamond necklace with his best friend, the veteran safe-cracker Victor Spansky, played by Michael Caine. Their plans are accidentally thwarted by Alex’s jealous wife and embittered stepson when they unwittingly gain possession of the stolen jewels. Jennifer Lopez, in one of her first starring roles, plays Nicholson’s girlfriend in this story of larceny and lust.
Jeremy Thomas: I had been friendly with Bob Rafaelson for many years and was a big lover of his magnificent films, really a big talent in the cinema firmament, and to work with Jack Nicholson, Judy Davis, Michael Caine, Stephen Dorff and Jennifer Lopez in Miami in this real thriller was a genuine experience of American cinema for me. Jack, who I had known since the days of “The Shining” at Elstree Studios in the UK, made the film with his relationships with Michael and Stephen in particular, and especially Bob, as they had been through many great films together. The film is definitely an unsung enjoyment and Miami looks as it should.