The Thin Blue Line

Doc Night


Film Info
Series:Doc Night
Rating:Not Rated
Run Time:101 min
Release Year:1988
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Errol Morris
Writers:Errol Morris
Music:Philip Glass


Among the most important documentaries ever made, The Thin Blue Line by Errol Morris erases the border between art and activism. A work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, it recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Dale Adams, a drifter who was charged with the murder of a Dallas police officer and sent to death row, despite evidence that he did not commit the crime. Incorporating stylized reenactments, penetrating interviews, and haunting original music by Philip Glass, Morris uses cinema to build a case forensically while effortlessly entertaining his viewers. The Thin Blue Line effected real-world change, proving film’s power beyond the shadow of a doubt.