The Thin Blue Line
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This film will get your dander up.Read more ›
The Thin Blue Line is a different matter. This movie fundamentally affected at least one person's life in an irreversible way. Without giving away the plot, Randall Dale Adams will certainly never be the same.
The movie deals with the killing of a Texas Trooper and whether or not Texas justice got it right. Morris reveals the facts of the case using strange and haunting reenactments to cover multiple stories and exploring what people said vs. what the physical evidence suggested. He does not push a viewpoint but carefully crafts it, allowing you to accept or reject the various positions. Soon, you are drawn into the central issue of guilt or innocence and the many areas of gray in between.
It's a documentary that plays like a murder mystery, but it is frighteningly true. It's burned as much into my mind because of the number of high-profile cases in Texas where people were either in prison on death row despite being innocent; CBS news magazine 60 Minutes profiles many of them.
But you do not have to have an attitude toward the death penalty to be drawn to The Thin Blue Line. It is entertaining in and of itself. Errol Morris fans will enjoy experiencing one of his earlier works. It also features what I think is one of the better Philip Glass scores.
If you're looking for violence, sex, car chases, or explosions - stay away, you'll hate this. But if you can handle a movie that is more seductive than explosive, this is for you.Read more ›
Going into this film, I had no prior knowledge as to the most recent developments. I went into it expecting a manipulative, anti-cop documentary utilizing fancy storytelling and cinematography. The first half seemed to prove me right. Then we got to the three supposed witnesses. The bleached-blonde woman had mannerisms and expressions to the face that were undoubtedly that of a psychologically abnormal person. I've dealt with several individuals exactly like her and immediately knew she could not be trusted. Then we find out the circumstances surrounding her "testimony", which totally verified this. The African American man, who was in the other car, kept covering his face, while his eyes watered and he looked frightened. Any polygraph expert on the planet would have seen through this behavior even without his equipment. These two also had the telling habit of saying "I like helping the police; I have extra-ordinary memory." If this wasn't enough already, "Doctor Death" gives the accused an under 20 minute pseudoscientific personality evaluation, which is used to conclude he'd kill again. At the same time that was occurring, the very person who originally pointed the finger at him is out conducting armed robbery, attempted rape, and finally homicide, which hilariously he blames on the dead man for defending himself -- a common response from apathetic criminal minds. Morris caps all this off with the perfect ending: ... The fact that this director could so easily fool me early on, then gently change my mind shows just how talented he is. The film stands as damning evidence against Texas and southern "justice".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Watching this documentary puts you in the shoes of an investigator, interviewing witness after witness and reconstructing the various depictions of the crime. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Elie Poltorak
I was not impressed! Very boring! And I watch many documentaries! I was disappointed. BoredPublished 3 months ago by deborahflorez
Great documentary!! Very interesting. I loved it! Everyone should watch it.Published 4 months ago by Carol Clasen
I wasn't sure what I'd be getting into with this documentary. Based on the description it sounded like it would be about cop bashing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bellingham Bookworm
I can't say any more than others have said about this great film! The entire mood of the film is very somber as intended, and when it was over the music continued to play in my... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cinnamonbear
This is one of the most brilliantly structured interview docs there is.
The editor, Paul Barnes, was at the beginning of teh very very top of his game and did amazing work.
This is a surprisingly skimpy Criterion edition. There should be a substantial amount of supplemental material available that they could have added to this disc to give more... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Wayside
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