The Thin Blue Line

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Released 1988

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Director:
Errol Morris
Released:
1988
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The Thin Blue Line is a 1988 documentary from award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris. The film tells the story of Randall Adams, an innocent man who was wrongly sentenced to death. On November 28, 1976, police officer Robert W. Wood was murdered during a routine traffic stop. The Dallas police were unable to solve the case or make any arrests until they learned of information given by a 16-year-old named David Ray Harris. Harris led police to the car driven from the scene of the crime, as well as a revolver he identified as the murder weapon. Harris later named 28-year-old Ohio resident Randall Dale Adams, who had been living in a Dallas motel with his brother, as the murderer. The movie contains a series of interviews about the investigation and reenactments of the shooting, based on the testimony and recollections of Adams, Harris, and various witnesses and detectives. The Thin Blue Line changed the face of what a documentary can do, and is credited with exposing the truth and getting Adams' conviction overturned.moreless

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  • 100

    Variety

    A mesmerizing reconstruction and investigation of a senseless murder. It employs strikingly original formal devices to pull together diverse interviews.

  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Morris has fashioned a brilliant work of pulp fiction around this crime. [26 Aug 1988, p.C6]

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Morris' visual style in The Thin Blue Line is unlike any conventional documentary approach. Although his interviews are shot straight on, head and shoulders, there is a way his cam...

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