Then the opening montage ends by blending into the first Miami Scene (other than
the interior of the club). Crockett standing in front of the Carlyle Hotel (1250
Ocean Dr.) says “5,000 street corners in greater Miami, and Gumby here has gotta
pick ours”. At this point a huge location give away is seen. A street sign that reads,
13th St. which is where they are, 13th Street and Deco Drive.
Cut 4 is on Ocean Dr. northbound again but further south than cut 2. It starts at
7th Street and proceeds up past the Beacon and what is now Johnny Rockets. The Johnny
Rockets location gained considerable fame in the re-make of the movie Scarface. The
famous chainsaw scene was filmed there on the second floor which is now a modeling
In the next scene they leave the Carlye and drive to the “59th Street bridge.” This
is done in 16 cuts that are geographically mixed up but on television they appear
fine to most people. The cuts take place on Ocean Drive and the MacArthur Causeway. The
first cut is on the MacArthur Causeway headed eastbound. The second cut is on Ocean
Drive headed northbound starting by the Breakwater Hotel (940 Ocean Drive). Even
though they are headed north they are a couple of blocks south of where they started
at the Carlyle. They are headed back to their starting point.
Cut 5 is on the MacArthur Causeway west of cuts 1+3 again headed eastbound. Cut 6
is also on the MacArthur Causeway further east, just west of the entrance to Star
Island. Cut 7 is also on the MacArthur further east going up the bridge by the U.S.C.G.
Station. Cut 8 still eastbound on the MacArthur Causeway but further west, back between
where cuts 3+6 were filmed just of the entrance to Palm Island. In cut 9 they are
eastbound on the MacArthur causeway between Palm and Star Islands. Cut 10 is back
on the bridge by the Coast Guard station. Cut 11 is still on the MacArthur but back
between Palm and Star Islands. Cuts 12,13, +14 progress further east on the MacArthur
Causeway Bridge. Cut 15 is back on Ocean Drive in the 700 block passing the Starlight
Hotel at 750 Ocean Dr. Then cut 16 returns to the causeway. Then they arrive under
what was stated to be the 59th Street Bridge. They are actually at NW 13th Street
and NW 1st Avenue, under the 395. In the background the Dade County Courthouse (tall
building with the pointy roof) and the Stephen P. Clark Building (111 SW 1 Ave.)
can be seen as the camera shoots to the south.
Just under 17 minutes into the Pilot, Crockett arrives at the restaurant where Eddie’s
wife, Maria works. He is there to break the bad news to her. This was filmed on Collins
Ave. at 8th Street (S.E. Corner). Now a Kenneth Cole store.
The buildings seen in the background are how I found this location.
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