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The Thin blue line
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, c2005.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; stereo surround.
Target Audience:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Language Note:
Closed-captioned in English with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles.
General Note:
Originally released in 1988.
Errol Morris sets out to prove that a convicted hitchhiker did not kill a Dallas policeman in 1976 - and that the lowlife that fingered him did. Based on a true story.
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Audiovisual THIN BLUE LINE 1 .SOURCE. 9/05 AMZ
DVD PN1995.9.D4T55 2005 1

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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 Dallas police officer Robert Wood pulled the two men over to check on the vehicle, Harris shot and killed Wood. A jury believed that Adams was the killer, thanks to the perjured testimony of Harris and the misleading accounts of two witnesses. A story about Adams on 60 Minutes helped to bring public attention to the case, but it was Morris' film, which contained extensive interview material with both Adams and Harris as well as stylized reenactments of the crime, that clinched the case for Adams' innocence. He was set free on March 15, 1988. Although Morris' film made many critics' top ten lists, it was unaccountably not nominated for an Academy award, raising doubts about the credibility of the Motion Picture Academy's nominating process in this category. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

Documentarian Errol Morris (A Brief History of Time; The Fog of War) got his start with Gates, an oddly affecting exploration of loss focused on a pet cemetery business. Vernon centers on a few eccentric denizens of its titular town. Interesting as they are, both are strictly interview-driven. Thin breaks new ground, using stylized reenactment footage to dramatize the recollected testimony of convicted killer Randall Adams, an innocent man whom the film helped to free. It is a must; the earlier works are more for die-hard Morris fans. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.