This feature documentary from 1988 by director Errol Morris, is a brilliant examination of controversial true story that was the arrest and conviction of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas police officer back in 1976. The Thin Blue Line was hailed as being the “the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder” and as a result of its release the conviction itself was overturned, Adams became a free man once again after having been sentenced to death.
The film pioneered a new kind of non-fiction style of filmmaking with its use of expressionistic reenactments, interviews and music which has since been copied and emulated countless amounts of times by reality-based television shows and feature films. It was even voted the best film of 1988 in a Washington Post survey of 250 film critics and described as one of the most important and influential movies of the decade.
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David Ray Harris, 43, was executed by lethal injection on June 30, 2004 in Huntsville, Texas for murdering Mark Mays during an attempted kidnapping of Mays’ girlfriend, on September 1, 1985.
This may have been good in its time, but unless you’re into ‘historical doccy formats’ just for the hell of it, it’s incredibly boring now.
Not sure I would agree, this was made before i was even born, and i thought it was a great documentary, and anything that happened in the American justice system in those days is truly unbelievable how the convict guys of crimes with zero evidence against them! They even managed to convict randy even thiugh the evidence suggested it was David who committed these crimes while on a crime spree.. absolutely devastating for Randy.. Xx