theStudioTour.com

Universal Studios Hollywood
Miami Vice Action Spectacular

Miami Vice Action Spectacular logo (1991)

You've stumbled onto a deserted hideaway. The island stronghold of an infamous band of smugglers and arms traders, it's the active base of operations for all contraband shipments in the Caribbean. And you're not the only one who's found it. Miami Vice cops Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs have been staking things out for some time. Now, they're ready to take action.
Don't blink. Don't turn away. Don't even flinch. Because there isn't a single second of the Miami Vice Action Spectacular you'll want to miss.
It's the most ambitious special effects presentation ever designed. Unbelievable explosions. Outrageous pyrotechnics. With over 50 high-tech special effects and stunts in a breakneck-paced 15 minutes, no-one's ever pulled a stunt like this before!

From "Universal Studios Hollywood Guide", 1991

Behind the Scenes

Crockett and Tubbs in the speedboat (from 'Universal Studios Hollywood Guide', 1991)
Crockett and Tubbs in the speedboat (from 'Universal Studios Hollywood Guide', 1991)

Dates: Early 1987 - January 16 1995
Cost: $5.4 million (in 1987)
Created and produced by Phil Hettema

The show was choreographed and co-ordinated by Alex Plasschaert who made an early on-screen appearance as one of the chimney sweeps in Disney's Mary Poppins. He since went on to work on many major stunt films, and also co-ordinated the Pirates stunt show in Las Vegas.
Many of the stunt performers from the show have also become stunt co-ordinators and 2nd unit directors.
The engineering for the show was done by Ride & Show Engineering in California.

Concept Artwork (from Universal Studios Hollywood Guide)

See also Spectrablast

Promotional Video

From Finlay Holiday Video Tour, 1989

The Arena

Timeline:
1984 - 1988: A Team Live Stunt Show
1989 - 1995 - Miami Vice
Autumn 1995 - Waterworld opens

Video of the final performance

Taped at the last ever performance on January 16 1995. Thanks to Holly O'Brien for the video.

Making of Miami Vice

From VideoTour, 1988 published by Kodak

Photo Gallery

Miami Vice in action - photo by Juerg Hindermann (reproduced with permission)
Miami Vice in action - photo by Juerg Hindermann (reproduced with permission) from http://people.freenet.de/photomaze/vpics/universal.jpg
Exploding mine cart (from 'Universal Studios Hollywood Guide', 1991)
Exploding mine cart (from 'Universal Studios Hollywood Guide', 1991)
Water tower explosion (from 'Universal Studios Hollywood Guide', 1991)
Water tower explosion (from 'Universal Studios Hollywood Guide', 1991)
Jetski action (from 'Universal Studios Hollywood Guide', 1991)
Jetski action (from 'Universal Studios Hollywood Guide', 1991)
Photos by Cathie O'Dea, October 1988 from www.flickr.com (used with permission)
Photos by Cathie O'Dea, October 1988 from www.flickr.com (used with permission)
Explosion in the mine (from 'Universal Studios Hollywood Guide', 1991)
Explosion in the mine (from 'Universal Studios Hollywood Guide', 1991)
Pyrotechnics at night (from 'Universal Studios Hollywood Guide', 1991)
Pyrotechnics at night (from 'Universal Studios Hollywood Guide', 1991)
Photos by Cathie O'Dea, October 1988 from www.flickr.com (used with permission)
Photos by Cathie O'Dea, October 1988 from www.flickr.com (used with permission)
Photos by Cathie O'Dea, October 1988 from www.flickr.com (used with permission)
Photos by Cathie O'Dea, October 1988 from www.flickr.com (used with permission)

Promotional Material

1987 Newspaper advert for Miami Vice
1987 Newspaper advert for Miami Vice
Press photo (c) Universal Studios Hollywood, 1990
Press photo (c) Universal Studios Hollywood, 1990

Back to...

Leave Comments