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The shooting death of a police officer is a sensational subject. Most audiences would expect a documentary made about a police officer’s shooting death to be sensational also. But Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line is not sensational in any traditional sense. Instead, it is a masterful film that slowly reveals a hidden universe by simple allowing everyone involved—criminals, judges, police officers, and witnesses—to talk and then talk some more. Slowly, the viewer is pulled into the surreal world of Randall Adams (the accused), David Harris (the accuser), and a small Texas town’s justice system.

Click here for the full review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

John Marsh on September 3rd, 2006 at 9:09 am 

For my tastes, the most interesting doc made in 50 years. Morris combines direct address interviews with re-stagings (not to mention haunting music) guiding us into doubt as if we were the jury. This time the public defender is an observant artist of high order. Haunting.

Francheska Irizarry on October 25th, 2010 at 6:28 pm 

Wow I just watched this film in my Intro to Criminal Justice Course and I loved it. I was some what confused at times but I got the hang of it after a while. I just thinks its crazy how people can let money get to them and accuse an innocent person of a crime they did not commit, and what a police department would do to keep its crime solving stats up. So many lies and conflicting statements make this film interesting but you have to listen to be able to catch on. I enjoyed this film and I thank my professor Stone for having us watch it.

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