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The Thin Blue Line [VHS]

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  • Actors: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson, Marshall Touchton
  • Directors: Errol Morris
  • Writers: Errol Morris
  • Producers: Brad Fuller, David Hohmann, Gary McDonald, Lindsay Law, Mark Lipson
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Empire
  • VHS Release Date: 19 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CL63
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,176 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic documentary from director Errol Morris. In 1976 the brutal murder of a Dallas policeman resulted in the arrest of David Harris, a sixteen-year-old who had been bragging about the killing. But when Harris changed his story and identified drifter Randall Adams as the murderer, it was Adams who was convicted and sentenced to death. Reconstructing the murder with film clips, photographs, re-enactments and interviews, this film brings that verdict into question.

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This landmark award-winning documentary, which revolutionised the form and helped acquit an innocent man of murder, came about almost by accident. Errol Morris had already directed such offbeat documentaries as Gates of Heaven (concerning pet cemeteries) and Vernon, Florida, which touchingly portrays the small town's eccentric inhabitants. He'd intended to travel to Texas to make a film about the criminal-psychiatry expert James Grigson, or "Dr. Death" as he came to be known for his frequent testimony against defendants, who were often then sent to death row. When Morris discovered that the doctor was involved in the trial of Randall Dale Adams, a man who, it seemed, had been falsely accused of the highway murder of a police officer, he decided that Adams's story was the real one to tell. Morris' innovative use of repeated dramatisation, multiple points of view, talking-head and phone interviews, and symbolism--in concert with Philip Glass's haunting music--establishes that a combination of communitarian zeal and overly eager testimony persuaded the jury to find Adams, a "drifter" from the Midwest, guilty of the crime, instead of his underage (and, for the death penalty, ineligible) acquaintance, David Harris, who had a criminal record. The "thin blue line" of police officers separating the public from chaos--as the judge, quoting the DA in the case, has it--destabilises in Morris's world and puts people at risk of injustice as often as it protects them. After serving time for a sentence commuted to life imprisonment, Adams was freed, making Errol Morris his most talented advocate. --Robert Burns Neveldine, Amazon.com

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Faced with the choice, it is difficult to resist selecting a fiction movie over a documentary. Don't worry, this is one of the most natural feelings in the world. Errol Morris to the rescue with his documentary "The Thin Blue Line". A real roller coaster! Violence, intrigue, suspense, happy ending. Its all there. Yet... it is a documentary. Intelligent yet accessible to all. A movie for buffs and beginners alike. I cannot recommend it enough. And here's the best part. Through the making of this film a human life was saved. All will be revealed inside...

I could not help noticing (to my surprise)that thus far this is the only review of what is a truly great movie. I would like to point out that I am not Errol Morris, his wife if he has one, nor a relative or close friend of his.
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Errol Morris most famous documentary. Maybe not his best and most compelling, but a perfectly balanced and at that time innovative documentary, with interviews, reenactment (made like great cinema) and narration, that stimulated a deep re-thinking of what's real and what is fiction. You follow the reconstruction of the events like you've been following a fictional story, whereas it is all true. Many will learn from him, so it is partially thanks to Errol Morris if know we got used to a more free and flexible way to make and approach documentaries.
The very fact that is makes you want it to have in blu ray (at least me), is enough to tell you how good it is also cinematographically speaking
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Errol Morris' 1988 masterpiece is considered the investigative criminal doc of all times - and no wonder. As the story evolves so many layers of american society is woven into the plot - ending in a unbeliveble climax. Morris' as always let's his characters do the talking, leaving his audience in the shoes of the investigator. Everything is wonderfully held together by Phillp Glass strange, but perfectly tailored original soundtrack. A must see if you're interested in documentaries.
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