SynopsisLike Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Errol Morris' examination of a real-life murder case went beyond reportage and actually helped overturn the judgement of a Texan capital case - Randall Adams, the young drifter accused of murder for the shooting of a policeman was released soon after the film was screened, having served eleven years in jail, and four on death row. The Thin Blue Line takes the docudrama genre to its outer limits, intercutting newspaper headlines, bullet-wound diagrams and Texas road maps with grade-B film noir fare: a hypnotist's swinging watch, overstuffed ashtrays, smoking guns and repeated replays of the incident that changed a condemned man's life. The dramatic embellishments, which include a hypnotic score by Philip Glass (The Fog of War, The Hours) and Morris's chilling finale, challenge the conventions of "objective" fact-finding, and achieve documentary impact via the impassioned testimony of real people involved in the case.
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