The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line

DVD - 2007
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[Errol Morris's examination of a real-life murder case went beyond reportage and actually helped oveturn the judgement of a Texan capital case - Randall Adams, the young drifter accused of murder for the shooting of a policeman, was released soon after the film was screened, having served eleven years in jail and four on death row.]
Publisher: Umbrella Entertainment [distributor], 2007.
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.1523 THI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (ca. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Morris, Errol


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Oct 17, 2016

This film is worth seeing, if only to generate a discussion about what should be included in a documentary. Should there be background music? Should there be reenactments? Should there be artistic touches? What I think is, does it fit the subject? In this particular case, I believe it does. History is a mixture of facts and testimony/reportage; whether Morris balances the two sides properly is a matter of opinion. I think he comes pretty close to getting it right but the result is worth watching.

Oct 22, 2015

I am fascinated by Errol Morris's style of documentary - allow people to talk and talk and it's amazing what they will reveal about themselves and the stories they are trying to tell.

Oct 20, 2015

This is a documentary about the murder of a Dallas police officer, directed by Errol Morris and originally released as a motion picture in 1988.
The film tells the story of Randall Dale Adams, a man convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a murder he did not commit.
Adams' case was reviewed and he was released from prison approximately a year after the film's release.
It is a gripping and thought-provoking documentary with stylized reenactments, penetrating interviews and haunting original music.

Oct 01, 2015

Not bad. Done in a documentary/interview style.

May 15, 2015

This is an influential film that doesn't feel like homework to watch.

love_my_library_card Jan 16, 2014

Excellent documentary on a grotesque miscarriage of justice. The film looks very dated now, but the story itself remains shocking and relevant.

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