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The Thin Blue Line

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Errol Morris's unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas, Texas. Briefly, a drifter (Randall Adams) ran out of gas and was picked up by a 16-year-old runaway (David Harris). Later that night, they drank some beer, smoked some marijuana, and went to the movies. Then, their stories diverged. Adams claimed that he left for his motel, where he was staying with his brother, and went to sleep. Harris, however, said that they were stopped by police late that night, and Adams suddenly shot the officer approaching their car. The film shows the audience the evidence gathered by the police, who were under extreme pressure to clear the case. It strongly makes a point that the circumstantial evidence was very flimsy. In fact, it becomes apparent that Harris was a much more likely suspect and was in the middle of a crime spree, eventually ending up on Death Row himself for the later commission of other crimes. Morris implies that the DA's and the judge's desire for the death penalty in this case (for which Harris would have been ineligible because of his youth) made Adams a scapegoat on whom to pin this heinous crime.... Show more

The Thin Blue Line Solarmovie review

The film The Thin Blue Line is incredibly captivating from the first to the last minutes, not letting go of your attention for a second. I liked some of the scenes in the film, some not very much, but thanks to the Errol Morris filming I ended up very happy with what I saw. This film is a benchmark among films of the genre Action, even recognized films are clearly inferior to it, because in it all plot twists are moderately and very subtly intertwined. To summarize, it seems to me that very few such high-quality films came out in 1988. First of all, I will say the simplest and most important thing - I liked the movie very much, and it is a great merit of the director and the fact that the film was shot in United States.... Show more

Directors: Errol Morris
Countries: United States
Release: 1988-08-25
Duration: 101 min
IMDb Rating: 8
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