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1 hr. 46 min.

Plot Summary
One night in November 1976, after his car breaks down on a road outside Dallas, Randall Dale Adams accepts a ride from teenager David Harris. Harris is driving a stolen vehicle and, later that night, when Dallas police officer Robert Wood pulls the car over to check its headlights, he is shot and killed. A jury believes Adams is the killer, but Errol Morris' classic documentary explores the role of Harris' perjured testimony, misleading witness accounts and police misconduct in the verdict.

Cast: Randall Adams , David Harris , Gus Rose ,

Director: Errol Morris

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Miramax Films

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Release Date: August 25th, 1988|1 hr. 46 min.

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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    At first I was irritated by what I felt were the unnecessary repetitions, but the film's final effect - for all its laughs - is a shocking reminder, as Adams says with resignation, that the lady who holds the scales of justice is blindfolded. [21 Mar 1988] show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The most provocative miscarried-justice movie ever. [26 Aug 1988] show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    A fact-filled study that's also a full-fledged work of cinema art. [2 Sept 1988] show more

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