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The Thin Blue Line: An Errol Morris Film Soundtrack


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Audio CD, Soundtrack, October 25, 1990
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1. Opening Credits
2. Prologue
3. Interrogation, Part One
4. Interrogation, Part Two
5. Turko, Part One
6. Turko, Part Two
7. Vidor
8. Harris' Story
9. Adams' Story
10. Comets & Vegas
11. The Defense Attorneys, Part One
12. Harris' Crimes, Part One
13. The Judge
14. The Trial, Part One
15. The Trial, Part Two
16. The Mystery Eyewitness, Part One
17. The Mystery Eyewitness, Part Two
18. Elba Carr
19. The Mystery Eyewitness, Part Three
20. The Thin Blue Line
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Product Details

  • Composer: Philip Glass, Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • ASIN: B000005IZK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Scott Andrew Hutchins on September 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is the only Glass CD I have that I don't listen to on a regular basis. This is the worst possible way to make a soundtrack album. The film is brilliant, the music is brilliant, but the album is like someone shortened the film down and laid down the entire audio track. I hate soundtracks like this and only give it as many stars as I do because of how much I like the music and film. Only the opening titlte is only music, and some tracks have no music at all. If this were reissued without the dialogue and sound FX, I would but it in a heartbeat and sell this one off. Morris's non-fiction films are too stylish to want to hear the dialogue without the visuals, and Glass's music is too good not to be able to hear it apart from the rest of the audio track. If the spoken word were done poetically like in _Einstein on the Beach_ or _Hydrogen Jukebox_, I would recommend it, but because it isn't, I can't.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Max Blouin (max_blouin@brown.edu) on March 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Just so you know: This CD consists almost entirely of dialogue from the movie, with Philip Glass's music in the background. If you don't go for that sort of thing, then don't buy it. For true Glass fans, though, it's worth it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on November 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Be aware that this is not your typical soundtrack album, and those looking for Phillip Glass' isolated score will not find it here.
Rather, this is 30+ track disc that plays like an encapsulated version of the film for your ears. Nearly every single track has dialogue and sound effects from the film, with Glass' subtle, minimalistic, menacing and hopeful music all around.
The Thin Blue Line is far from your typical documentary, and the dramatization of some events and the use of music throughout are part of what separates it from the rest of the pack. The film is the true story of the murder of a Dallas police officer in 1976 and the rapid railroading of a 28 year-old drifter named Randall Adams through the court and onto Death Row.
The film helped overturn Adams' conviction in the late 1980s. The other main player in the case, lifelong criminal David Harris (just 16 at the time of the shooting) is interviewed throughout, and his chilling statements at the end were disturbing at the time the film appeared (since the 'truth' is finally revealed). Today Adams is free and Harris sits on Death Row for crimes other than those depicted in The Thin Blue Line.
You can actually listen to this whole disc without having seen the film, but you would be doing yourself a severe injustice. When you put faces to voices and see the reenactments and get a sense of the situation Adams was in, the whole picture opens up.
Unless you really hate soundtracks with heavy dialogue and sound bites from the film, this is a highly recommended disc for Glass fans and fans of the great film.
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