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The Thin Blue Line (1988)

The Thin Blue Line
Running time: 103 min. | Genre: Crime, Judicial drama / Lawyers, 70's, Documentaries, True Crime
The Thin Blue Line

Synopsis

"The Thin Blue Line" is the fascinating, controversial true story of the arrest and conviction of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas policeman in 1976. Billed as "the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder," the film is credited with overturning the conviction of Randall Dale Adams for the murder of Dallas police officer Robert Wood, a crime for which Adams was sentenced to death. With its use of expressionistic reenactments, interview material and music by Philip Glass, it pioneered a new kind of non-fiction filmmaking. Its style has been copied in countless reality-based television programs and feature films.

Terrence Rafferty in The New Yorker has called it "a powerful and thrillingly strange movie. Morris seems to want to bring us to the point at which our apprehension of the real world reaches a pitch of paranoia -- to induce in us the state of mind of a detective whose scrutiny of the evidence has begun to take on the feverish clarity of hallucination."

"The Thin Blue Line" was voted the best film of 1988 in a Washington Post survey of 250 film critics. Premiere magazine, in a survey of films of the 1980s, described it as one of the most important and influential movies of the decade.

Nominations & Awards

Independent Spirit

Best Picture
NOMINATED
Best Director (Errol Morris)
NOMINATED

Boston Society of Film Critics

Best Documentary
WINNER

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Best Documentary
NOMINATED

New York Film Critics Circle

Best Documentary
WINNER

Best Documentary
WINNER

Details

Original title

The Thin Blue Line

Director

Errol Morris

Running time

103 min.

Screenwriter

Errol Morris

Music

Philip Glass

Cinematography

Robert Chappell, Stefan Czapsky

Year

1988

Country

United States United States

Ranking

IMDb
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