Evolving from an earlier project in which Morris interviewed death row inmates for a portrait of Dallas psychiatrist Dr James Grigson, The Thin Blue Line is the fascinating and controversial true story of Randall Dale Adams. A drifter arrested and convicted for the 1976 murder of Dallas policeman Robert Wood, Dale Adams was sentenced to death for the crime. Billed as "the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder", Morris’ film pieced together fresh evidence to eventually overturn the conviction. With its use of expressionistic re-enactments, riveting interview material and moody music by Philip Glass, The Thin Blue Line – whose title recalls the prosecuting judge’s comment regarding the thin blue line that maintains the social fabric – pioneered a new kind of non-fiction filmmaking whose style has been copied in countless reality-based television programs and feature films. One of the most important movies of its decade, this utterly thrilling and captivating film’s influence continues to reverberate.
Fat Dallas Detectives
- The Thin Blue Line review by JD
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A series of grossly obese Dallas detectives give their version of interviews of a murder suspect. The style is amateur and uninspiring presumably filmed as an information film for local detectives. If the pace were any slower it would be funny.