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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…
The Thin Blue Line is famous documentary-maker Errol Morris’ most acclaimed work - a law case study on the prosecution of Randall Dale Adams who allegedly shot and killed a police officer in Dallas 1976, which was so successful that it eventually led to a reopening of the case and the freedom of the innocent Adams. For this fact alone, the film deserves recognition and applause, which I grant it, but to be completely honest I think that the execution of this documentary could’ve been much better if it showed more concern to work as a film as well as it works as an argument. I say this because through many unnecessary repetitions and a certain monotonousness it wasn’t exactly…
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.
"Any prosecutor can convict a guilty man. It takes a great prosecutor to convict an innocent man"
Boy... ain't that the truth
Perfect example of the power of film and the search for justice through multiple mediums, exposing the corruption in the justice system.
Took way too long for me to get around to watching this. Classic. Incredible access too. David Harris's childhood pictures are straight out of The Tree of Life.
A thrilling and surprisingly playful documentary that does a lot of unique things with time, chronology, and truth (I wrote my final paper for my documentary cinema course on this), yet still manages to be incredibly entertaining.
Stone cold masterpiece.
Stupid I hadn't seen this movie till now. I should've watched it when it first came out, when I was five years old.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Melvyn Carson Bruder: Prosecutors in Dallas have said for years - any prosecutor can convict a guilty man. It takes a great prosecutor to convict an innocent man.
Randall Adams: If there was ever a hell on earth, it's Dallas County.
짓지 않은 살인죄의 벌로 종신형을 받고 살다 이 영화의 도움을 받아 12년만에 출소하게 된 Randall Adams.
이 사람들 ... 무섭다.
One of the best documentaries of all time. A must watch for anyone who loves true crime and/or documentaries.
An excellent documentary that can change your views on corporal punishment and crime investigation. It can feel dull at times, but if you're fine with listening to a lot of dry voices talking and having to remember small details to an evolving story I highly recommend it.
Dat Phillip Glass tho...
This movie is now one of my favorite detective-type movies. I love watching shows that involve finding out who the killer is such as- CSI, Forensic Files, and 48 Hours. These shows have always captured my attention because it feels like I am trying to figure out the mystery along with the investigators. I am not sure what career I will pursue but detective and police work has always intrigued me.
This movie sparked my interest because it was a longer version of the shows that I usually watch. It goes though the entire process of finding the killer in the movie, while keeping the audience interested.
My favorite part of this film, were the reenactments of the crimes that…
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