Flotsam

Best and Worst Movies Shot in Miami Beach, From Scarface to Sly Stallone's The Specialist

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Miami Beach's mediocre movies...

Tony Rome (1967)
Frank Sinatra does his best Humphrey Bogart impersonation in this noir flick filmed at The Fontainebleau. Sinatra lived in one of the penthouses during the shoot and performed at the hotel in the evenings. According to local historian Dr. Paul George, the fastidious crooner hung his suits in the shower to make sure there were no wrinkles.



The Bellboy (1960)
It may be hard to believe, but before Jerry Lewis started those annoying charity fund-raising telethons on public television, he was something of a slap-stick genius. In this black and white movie (also filmed at The Fontainebleau), Lewis bumbles from one over-the-top scene to the next. Like it or not, Lewis's antics paved the path for modern movie idiots like Sacha Baron Cohen, Leslie Nielson, and Chris Farley.



The Bodyguard (1992)
Sometimes a killer theme song can make a kind of crappy movie worth watching. So it is with The Bodyguard, an early 90s movie with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston that is most remembered for the pop singer's anthem "I Will Always Love You." Thanks largely to her and Costner's chemistry, the film raked in nearly half a billion dollars around the world.

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.