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The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Director:
Errol Morris
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Documentary/Real-crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Into the Abyss
RUNNING TIME
103 minutes
Producer:
Mark Lipson
Screenwriter:
Errol Morris


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
As themselves Randall Adams
David Ray Harris

 

Review

This 1988 documentary was in many respects the start of the true-crime wave that won ground during the 2010s. Errol Morris' uninvasive, seemingly impartial directorial style became trendsetting for documentaries, even if it wasn't quite groundbreaking. And his subjects, particularly murder-suspect Randall Adams, gave the film an intensity and honesty that eclipsed the narrative value of the case itself, which - to be honest - Morris all but over-represented and over-reenacted here in The Thin Blue Line. The picture won a host of awards, but was disqualified for the consideration for the Academy Award because it was marketed as "nonfiction" rather than a documentary.

Copyright 22.05.2016 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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