Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Director: Errol Morris

Writer: Errol Morris

Composer: Philip Morris

Starring: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson, Marshall Touchton, Dale Holt, Sam Kittrell

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A softcore movie, Dr. Death, a chocolate milkshake, a nosey blonde and "The Carol Burnett Show." Solving this mystery is going to be murder.

Plot: A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Randall Adams was convicted of murdering a police officer in Dallas, TX in 1976, a murder he did not commit.  This is Texas, dealing with a corrupt police force, a faulty system and a District Attorney prosecuting Adams who is notoriously known for wanting the death penalty.  I can't believe it's been nearly thirty years since its release that I finally get around to this.  It made a big splash when it came it.  It's very good.  It grabs you by the short and curlies from the start and doesn't let go.  Philip Glass's score underlies the gravity of the story to make it almost soothing.  It's a must for true crime fans but you've probably already seen it. 

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