The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line

DVD - 2005
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Errol Morris sets out to prove that a convicted hitchhiker did not kill a Dallas policeman in 1976 - and that the lowlife that fingered him did. Based on a true story.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, c2005
ISBN: 9780792864707
Branch Call Number: DVD 345.730252 THI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: First person (Cambridge, Mass.)


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Feb 06, 2018

Riveting, disconcerting, and often very witty. This put Errol Morris on the map as a distinctive moviemaker who works across genres and emerges with his own. As important to nonfiction films as "In Cold Blood" is to nonfiction writing. Even if Morris had only made TBL, which is one of the great pictures of the 1980s, he'd be well established as a director.

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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