The Thin Blue Line

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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... read more
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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.

Original Release

08/25/1988

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Cast

Randall Adams Himself
David Harris Himself
Gus Rose Himself (Homicide Detective in Dallas)
Jackie Johnson Himself (Homicide Detective in Dallas)
Marshall Touchton Himself (Homicide Detective in Dallas)
Dale Holt Himself (Internal Affairs Investigator in Dallas)
Sam Kittrell Himself (Police Detective in Vidor)
Hootie Nelson Himself (Friend of David Harris in Vidor)
Dennis Johnson Himself (Friend of David Harris in Vidor)
Floyd Jackson Himself (Friend of David Harris in Vidor)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Errol Morris

Writers

Errol Morris

Cast

Randall Adams Himself
David Harris Himself
Gus Rose Himself (Homicide Detective in Dallas)
Jackie Johnson Himself (Homicide Detective in Dallas)
Marshall Touchton Himself (Homicide Detective in Dallas)
Dale Holt Himself (Internal Affairs Investigator in Dallas)
Sam Kittrell Himself (Police Detective in Vidor)
Hootie Nelson Himself (Friend of David Harris in Vidor)
Dennis Johnson Himself (Friend of David Harris in Vidor)
Floyd Jackson Himself (Friend of David Harris in Vidor)
Edith James Herself (Defense Attorney)
Dennis White Himself (Defense Attorney)
Don Metcalfe Himself (The Judge)
Emily Miller Herself (Surprise Eyewitness)
R.L. Miller Himself (Surprise Eyewitness)
Elba Carr Herself (Employee at Fas-Gas)
Michael Randell Himself (Third Surprise Eyewitness)
Melvyn Carson Bruder Himself (Appellate Attorney)
Adam Goldfine Randall Adams (Re-Enactments)
Derek Horton David Harris (Re-Enactments)

Producers

Lindsay Law Executive Producer
Brad Fuller Producer
David Hohmann Producer
Mark Lipson Producer
Gary McDonald Producer

Editors

Paul Barnes

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