Errol Morris

The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line

Among the most important documentaries ever made, The Thin Blue Line, by Errol Morris, erases the border between art and activism. A work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, it recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Dale Adams, a drifter who was charged with the murder of a Dallas police officer and sent to death row, despite evidence that he did not commit the crime. Incorporating stylized reenactments, penetrating interviews, and haunting original music by Philip Glass, Morris uses cinema to build a case forensically while effortlessly entertaining his viewers. The Thin Blue Line effected real-world change, proving film’s power beyond the shadow of a doubt.

Film Info

  • Errol Morris
  • United States
  • 1988
  • 102 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #753

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New high-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Errol Morris and producer Mark Lipson, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Morris
  • New interview with Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing
  • NBC report from 1989 covering Randall Adams’s release from prison
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Charles Musser

New cover by Peter Mendelsund

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New high-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Errol Morris and producer Mark Lipson, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Morris
  • New interview with Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing
  • NBC report from 1989 covering Randall Adams’s release from prison
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Charles Musser

New cover by Peter Mendelsund

The Thin Blue Line
Credits
Director
Errol Morris
Produced by
Mark Lipson
Executive producer
Lindsay Law
Associate producer
Brad Fuller
Directors of photography
Stefan Czapsky
Directors of photography
Robert Chappell
Production design
Ted Bafaloukos
Editor
Paul Barnes
Original music composed by
Philip Glass

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