icon Film Profile: The Thin Blue Line - (1988)
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"A softcore movie, Dr. Death, a chocolate milkshake, a nosey blonde and "The Carol Burnett Show." Solving this mystery is going to be murder."


  • Director: Errol Morris
  • Genre: Documentary, Classics, Special Interest,
  • Studio: IFC Films
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 95 Mins

In 1976, Dallas policeman Robert Wood routinely stopped a car for a motoring offence and in seconds was shot dead. Later, a known delinquent, 16-year-old David Harris, was arrested after boasting about the murder. Under questioning, Harris protested his innocence and blamed a hitch-hiker he had picked up, Randall Adams. Adams was tried and sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment. Twelve years after the crime, documentary film-maker Errol Morris re-opened the case and produced this stunning film, an unsurpassed blend of interviews and reconstruction. Our journey into the case is also Morris's, as he slowly uncovers a symphony of doubt and a miscarriage of justice. The sense of unease, heightened by an enthralling collection of witnesses, accumulates so that a random murder in Dallas puts all of America under the microscope. The picture earned its ultimate prize, not an Oscar but a retrial, and, in the end, Adams's release.
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