• The Thin Blue Line (1988)

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Release Date: 1988

DVD Release Date: July 26th, 2005

Not Yet Rated|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

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

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

  • 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 camera has of framing his subjects so that we look at them very carefully, learning as much by what we see as by what we hear. show more

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