The Thin Blue Line

Sunday, September 18, 2022

THE THIN BLUE LINE – Errol Morris, 1988, 103 min

A truly pioneering film, Morris’s breakthrough changed the world of documentary forever. Through expressionistic reenactments, provocative interviews and a memorable score by Philip Glass, it tells the fascinating, controversial true story of the arrest and trial of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas policeman in 1976—and the film itself proved instrumental in overturning Adams’s death-row conviction. Endlessly influential, “the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder” remains as surprising, entertaining and fresh as ever.

Screening with Documentary Now season 50 episode 4: “The Eye Doesn’t Lie” – 22 min

An investigation into the wrongful conviction of a man sentenced to death for the
1986 murder of John Patrick Winslow. Guest star: Cedric Yarbrough.

Screening as part of the series Documentary Now…And Forever!

  • Running Time 105 minutes
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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