The movie starts off in the Florida Everglades early in the morning. Bucum (ice
Cube) is a Bounty Hunter who is tracking down a bail jumper, Lil J. This scene is
very reminiscent of the Miami Vice episode, Glades. Right down to the cartoon playing
on the television which lends to the cartoon nature of the violence we are about
to see. This was filmed on tribal lands out in the Everglades but I have not tracked
down the location yet. Location unknown.
After Bucum gets his guy we enter into the opening credits. It starts with an aerial
shot looking in at South Beach, centered on 9th Street and Ocean Drive. The opening
credits sequence jumps around basically showing Bucum on his way thru Miami on his
way to the office.
We see flashes of the MacArthur Causeway.
Then we cut up to Broward County where we get a partial view of the Diplomat Hotel
and then the three buildings to it’s south.
An unknown bar.
Then we see Bucum turn from southbound on Park Avenue to eastbound on 21st Street,
Then it jumps to southbound on Collins Avenue passing the Marlin Hotel which is seen
in Miami Vice episode 32, Back In The World and in the background of episode 12,
Continues south approaching the Kent Hotel.
Passes the Kent Hotel.
Continues south passing the Fairwinds (on right) and Essex (on left), 1000 blk. of
Passes thru the 1100 blk. of Collins and the Tudor Hotel (on left).
Passes 11th Street on Collins Avenue.
Then we jump to Washington Avenue, northbound thru the 1600 block approaching 17th
Street. We see this same intersection used in the Miami Vice episode, Buddies (#27).
Then it jumps north and we see Bucum drive by the famous Hilton Fontainebleau Hotel.
4441 Collins Ave. The Fontainebleau is seen in numerous movies and television shows.
Then we see an aerial view of the 395/95 interchange.
Then we see an aerial view of the intersection of SE 2nd Avenue and Biscayne Blvd.
Way with south being at the top of the screen.
Then we jump back to Miami Beach where Bucum is driving north on Collins Ave. passing
38th Street. The Caribbean Hotel with it’s distinctive round windows is seen in
the background at 3737 Collins Ave. This building has been replaced with a new hi-rise
which made the search for the location a little harder. Fortunately Bucum is driving
a black car which reflected the opposite side of the street well enough to use it
to find the location. The Caribbean and this stretch of Collins Avenue is also seen
in Buddies, episode 27 of Miami Vice.
Then by an unknown location.
Looking north past the Rickenbacker Causeway toward downtown and Brickell.
Then looking north past Dinner Key and the Coconut Grove Convention Center which
later became the studio for the television series, Burn Notice.
Burn Notice studio.
East end of MacArthur Causeway headed west past Terminal Island. This spot on the
MacArthur Causeway seems to be a favorite filming location. It has been seen in
the movie, Scarface, Miami Vice’s Out Where The Buses Don’t Run, Nobody Lives Forever,
Buddies, The Fix and in Burn Notice Episodes, 35 Shots In The Dark, and 69 Besieged.
Then under the MacArthur Causeway bridge to the mainland on Watson Island. The Miami
Herald building can be seen in the background. We see this location in episode 2
of Burn Notice, Identity as well as in episodes 30, Question and Answer and episode
35 Shots In The Dark.
Then under again in the opposite direction.
Then we see 685 NW 29th Street, Miami.
Biscayne Bay with Brickell in the background. The boat is headed south toward the
Rickenbacker Causeway Bridge.
Then northbound up Washington Avenue, 800 block past the Hotel Clinton (right side).
Then it jumps north about 7 blocks, still northbound on Washington Avenue but now
passing 15th Street.
Flash of the beach
Then an aerial shot of the American Airlines Arena in downtown.
Lummus Park along Ocean Drive.
Looking north over downtown.
Flashes of South Beach.
Northbound on Ocean Drive from 9th Street.
Then it jumps north a block. He is still northbound on Ocean Drive, now approaching
10th Street and passing the Edison Hotel.
Then northbound on Interstate 95, just north of the Miami River.
Westbound past the Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key.
Then we get an aerial view of the area around the water tower on NE 76th Street.
In a rare case of movie/real life accuracy this nicely ends the opening credits with
a direct tie in to the same location on the ground, for the opening of Act 1.
The first time I recall seeing this water tower is in the Miami Vice episode, Over
The Line (#105).