The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line

DVD - 2015
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Examines the roadside murder of a Dallas police officer, and the subsequent arrest and conviction of drifter Randall Adams, who was given a death sentence despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence.
Published: [New York, New York] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2015]
Edition: Director-approved DVD special edition, Widescreen.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781604659719
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.1523 THI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD video, rda
NTSC, rda
digital, optical, rda


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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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