The Thin Blue Line

Directed by Errol Morris, this well-known 1988 documentary dissects a police investigation into the murder of a Dallas police officer in 1976. The person who ended up being the focus of the investigation was Randall Adams. He’d met up with a 16-year-old boy earlier in the day after his car ran out of gas. Unbeknownst to Adams, the boy was driving a stolen car and had a pistol and shotgun in his possession.

Despite shaky evidence, and testimony from a psychiatrist who had a notorious reputation for being friendly to the Crown, Adams was convicted and sentenced to death. Originally, Morris had intended to do a documentary on the psychiatrist, but after meeting Adams he became convinced of his innocence and switched his directoral focus.

The Thin Blue Line screens at the RPL Theatre on Friday Aug. 7 and Sunday Aug. 9 at 7 p.m., and Saturday Aug. 8 at 9:30 p.m.  Here’s the trailer

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

One thought on “The Thin Blue Line”

  1. a 10 yr old.. odd? farm? ok? ummmmm… not too close. okay. I need more coffee. bolling point….hisssssss. WHO? MINE is 8.

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