The Thin Blue Line


Among the most important, inventive and extraordinary documentaries ever made, The Thin Blue Line, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris (The Fog of War), erases the border between art and activism.

 “The most provocative miscarried-justice movie ever.” – Mike Clark, USA Today

A work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, the film recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Dale Adams, a drifter who was charged with the 1976 murder of a Dallas police officer and sent to death row, despite evidence that he did not commit the crime.   Incorporating stylized reenactments, penetrating interviews, and haunting original music by Phillip Glass, Morris uses cinema to build a case forensically while effortlessly entertaining his viewers with a stranger-than-fiction crime story involving a softcore drive-in movie, Mr. Death, a chocolate milkshake, a nosey blonde and “The Carol Burnett Show.”  A truly pioneering film, Morris’ breakthrough arthouse hit forever changed the world of documentary filmmaking, as the film itself proved instrumental in affecting real-world change regarding Adams’ death row conviction.  Endlessly influential (with its impact on such modern day hits as the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” readily apparent), “the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder” remains as surprising, engrossing and fresh as ever. (Dir. by Errol Morris, 1988, USA, 102 mins., Not Rated)