The Thin Blue Line
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Not many filmmakers can claim to have freed a convicted murderer from jail, but Errol Morris accomplished that feat with his stunning documentary about Randall Dale Adams. Morris, whose brilliant previous features Vernon, Florida and Gates of Heaven had focused on less substantial subjects, learned of Adams' plight when the director was in Texas in preparation for a film about a psychiatrist who testified in murder trials. In November 1976, after his car broke down on a road outside Dallas, Adams had accepted a ride from a stranger, David Harris. Harris was driving a stolen car, and when… More
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"Arguably no other film of the 1980s, fiction or non-fiction, was as significant in blurring the boundaries between what's reel and real and in demonstrating the remarkable impact a movie could have."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Furthering its genre irregularity, it employs no narration to guide the viewer, and each shot is carefully static and composed. Its central scene, even, is a fabricated element in what is largely a non-fiction film."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Errol Morris' breakout documentary is immaculate."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"... sets a new standard"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Accomplished but detached; you're pulled in, but you couldn't be blamed for resisting."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
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