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The Thin Blue Line
A softcore movie, Dr. Death, a chocolate milkshake, a nosey blonde and "The Carol Burnett Show." Solving this mystery is going to be murder.
Errol Morris's unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas.
Not a documentary about pregnancy tests
I knew what Thin Blue Line was about and I had some idea of its real-world implications, as that seems to be the central discussion surrounding the film the majority of the time but holy shit - what an absolutely transcendent piece of documentary filmmaking.
Morris’ haunting, repetitious use of re-enactments. The way the aesthetic at one moment bleeds into sensationalism and then highlights truth in the next. The way it's constructed to slowly reveal details, letting the audience participate, constantly evaluating then re-evaluating the information we’re receiving and our perceptions of those feeding it to us. The way it masterfully builds to a joke the same way it does to its most shocking revelations. And of course, the way it exposed a corrupt system and literally saved a life. Thin Blue Line is a film truly like no other.
If there was ever a hell on earth, it's Dallas County.
Proof that films can actually change lives with verifiable results. Originally Errol Morris was doing research for a planned documentary on psychiatrist Dr. James Grigson (aka Dr. Death), but in doing so met Randall Adams, a man convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The chance meeting not only changed the subject matter of Morris' documentary, but changed lives and created the template for practically every investigative crime documentary film and television show made in the last 25 years.
The film is deeply disturbing by simply asking questions to people in power and letting them run their mouths in front of a camera. It becomes painfully evident…
Review In A Nutshell:
A fascinating crime/legal story, intelligently told through excellent editing and engaging re-enactments. It is films like this that makes me want to dip my toes into the world documentary filmmaking.
"If there was ever a hell on earth, it's Dallas County."
As of recently I have become very interested in murder cases and court proceedings, involving the question of innocence at the tragic loss of a life. I just finished the engrossing podcast Serial, that questions the guilt of Adnan Syed over the murder of Hae lee. I didn't really come out with any definite opinions on his innocence, but it was a very interesting listen, going into remarkable detail on the most minute aspects of testimonies and alibi's. And it felt all the more intense because it actually happened, and real people are suffering, it is not the same as actors being paid millions of dollars an episode to…
This should be required watching for anyone who gets jury duty. Errol Morris' masterful handling of the details of the case, along with his fluid reconstructions come together to create an engrossing documentary. Literally changing the life of the man involved, Morris' film forever blurred the line between art and activism.
This movie created a new language for true-life crime documentaries.
The last line is killer, and some enterprising liberal arts student out there could probably write a paper about this movie as a warning about upholding xenia.
Revolutionary, straightforward, alarming even today. Makes me reconsider moving to the state of Texas.
Powerful and dark doc. Amazing how, without narration, such an intricate and interesting story is weaved simply through the use of interviews. I had heard this was a must see historical doc and I heard correct.
This film amazed me. It's amazing how easily the wrong man was put in prison for life, and how the guy that actually did it ended up on death row anyway for another crime. The story it told was amazing. The way the story was told was equally amazing. How often have we seen reenactments of a crime in a nonfiction film or tv show? The reenactments in The Thin Blue Line were done so well and are so beautiful, I really think they add something incredible. Really cool show. Definitely worth a watch.
When Errol Morris' camera failed to operate properly for his final interview with David Harris, he decided to compromise by filming the tape recorder playing back the audio instead. The resulting effect is one of the most chilling and emotive representations of true crime ever put to screen.
A disquieted and subtle thriller.
The original Serial except, you know, like 10 hours shorter (and not serialized). Also, this one has pictures.
Seriously folks, Errol Morris is a national treasure.
Of all the documentaries I've seen thus far, The Thin Blue Line definitely has the most provocative subject matter, and it also happens to be pretty compelling at the same time. Right off the bat, the presentation style, courtesy of director Errol Morris, helps distinguish The Thin Blue Line as well because it isn't simply the usual kind of "interviews combined with stock footage" documentary. The subject here is a murder of a police officer and the resulting investigation/trial, but Morris wisely approaches it in a different fashion, wherein he recreates certain events of the night in question and then blends those re-enactments into the narrative very fluidly. It helps us as the audience get more invested in the story…
After watching and enjoying many true crime documentaries - it's not exactly fair or easy to go back to what is considered the archetype in narrative style and critique it fairly. I’ve become jaded to seeing crime documentaries similar to The Thin Blue Line for years – everything from feature length documentaries to TV shows like Dateline or the pulp that plays on basic cable networks. They all owe quite a bit Morris’s The Thin Blue Line.
Outside of the main narrative of the crime in question in this film – I found this case particularly interesting as how it deals with the Texas death penalty, and the Lone Star state’s mystique that arriving at the “right” conclusion is secondary…
Still perfectly constructed.