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The Thin Blue Line

  • 8.2 10
  • 1988
  • Nonemin
The Thin Blue Line
  • English

Errol Morris's unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas.

The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line is a documentary filmed in 1988 directed by the genius (everyone stand up, please) Errol Morris. It explains the story of Adams, a man that ran out of gas and in order to get back home, was picked up by Harris, a teenager that had stolen his neighbour’s car. During the trip, a policeman ended being shot after making the car stop because of a broken light. Despite the statements and evidence that pointed Harris as guilty, Adams was sentenced to death penalty. After the impact of the documentary, he was released.

Death penalty has always been a controversial issue in the United States. Many men have ended up in the electric chair, and the controversy has always been around several cases, just like this one. The Thin Blue Line has been considered one of the first judicial documentaries in history and one of the best of all times.

Errol Morris
Errol Morris Director