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The Castillo staredown.

The Castillo Staredown was a technique used by Martin "Marty" Castillo to show his displeasure or anger towards a member of his staff, or other person, when they were directly responsible for an act that endangered lives, caused an operation to fail, or entailed a serious breach of procedure. The famously taciturn Lieutenant used the gesture to convey his emotions without resorting to the harsh words or raised voice that are often seen as epitomising the "police chief" figure in crime fiction, particularly during the 70s and 80s.

Castillo's staredown proved a very effective tool indeed, often forcing people to quickly back down or otherwise change their approach without hesitation, even those who knew him well.

Appearances in Miami Vice

Some of the instances of the "staredown" include: