Synopsis it looks like we don't have a synopsis for this title yet be the first to contribute just click the edit page button at the bottom of the page or learn more in the synopsis submission guide. Film summary errol morris’ chilling film, the thin blue line, tells the story of a regular man going about his everyday life when fortune turns against him randall adams, 28, runs out of gas on his way home from work walking to the nearest gas station, a stranger stops his car and offers adams help. Critic reviews for the thin blue line all critics (17) | top critics (1) | fresh (17) | rotten (0) | dvd (3) documentaries have changed minds, championed causes, and even reversed policy, but the thin blue line (1988) may be the first film to free a man from prison.
Later that night, they drank some beer, smoked some marijuana, and went to the movies then, their stories diverged adams claimed that he left for his motel, where he was staying with his brother, and went to sleep. The thin blue line movie summary “the thin blue line” while preparing a documentary about dr james grigson, errol morris unearths the story of randall adams and david harris one fateful day, adams’ car runs out of gas on the side of the road in dallas, texas.
The thin blue line synopsis filmmaker errol morris studies the 1976 murder of a dallas policeman, from different points of view read full synopsis cast + crew previous cast members more cast members see full cast + crew for the thin blue line features load more features. The thin blue line not rated | 1h 41min | documentary , crime , drama | 25 august 1988 (usa) a film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in dallas county, texas.
The thin blue line (1988) directed by errol morris genre: documentary runtime: 103 minutes country: usa language: english color sound mix: dolby summary: the thin blue line is the fascinating, controversial true story of the arrest and conviction of randall adams for the murder of a dallas policeman in 1976. E rrol morris’s the thin blue line (1988) is widely recognized as a monumental achievement in the documentary tradition a recent poll by the british film institute ranked it fifth in the documentary pantheon in 2001, it was placed on the national film registry by the library of congress. The thin blue line was voted the best film of 1988 in a washington post survey of 250 film critics premiere magazine, in a survey of films of the 1980s, described it as one of the most important and influential movies of the decade.
Although “the thin blue line” assembles an almost inassailable case for adams and against harris, it is not a conventional documentary - not a feature-length version of one of those “60 minutes” segments in which innocent men are rescued from death row. The thin blue line grossed $1,209,846 in the us and canada on its opening weekend, in only one theatre, it took in $17,814  although the film is the 95th highest grossing documentary film released since 1982,  morris says he lost money on the production.