The Thin Blue Lie (2000)
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The Phildelphia Examiner exposed the brutality, won a Pulitzer Prize, and stopped Rizzo's runaway train before he could change the city charter and run for a third term. "The Thin Blue Lie," a painful title, revisits the time and chronicles the reporters (Rob Morrow and Randy Quaid)who busted the story. The camerawork is a little cheap and the soundtrack is little too omnipresent, but the movie's a quick, dirty, 90-minute pleasure for a lazy day.
Morrow is a go-getter and new in town. Quaid is the good-natured newsman who wants to get his two stories a day and go home. As usual, the go-getter reveals the good natured sort as a victim of blind apathy, and the two combine forces, so to speak, to ferret out brutalized victims, as well as a [tough] cop who likes to go to work on suspects with a pair of handcuffs. There's even a lifesized white rabbit involved.
Morrow has the arrogant...schtick down cold. And Quaid broadens his range. Paul Sorvino has a cup of coffee as the tantrum-throwing Rizzo. Aside from G.W. "Proctor!!!" Bailey -- longtime "Police Academy" villain -- the supporting clan are actors I don't know, but have sufficiently big 1970s hair.
I like newspaper movies, usually because they're based on true stories -- aside from the ludicrous "The Pelican Brief" -- and because they cover familiar-yet-enjoyable ethical questions.Read more ›
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I work with a former Philidelphia Police Officer. He gave further background information this is a fairly accurate movie and recommended for Police officers who have heard the... Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by W
I worked for the newspaper for many years; not in editorial, but in the advertising department.
Living in Philadelphia, I had a second reason for being interested in this... Read more
I appreciated this film because I as a Philadelphian was witness to the controveries that were depicted in the film. Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by Bernard Haines
I discovered this movie only recently. I watch Rob Morrow in Numb3rs and was surprised to see how his character in Numb3rs has many of the characteristics as the character he... Read morePublished on February 3, 2010 by kraftykat