The Thin Blue Line (1988) Directed by Errol Morris
Appellate Attorney Melvyn Carson Bruder as Himself

Bruder: Prosecutors in Dallas have said for years, any prosecutor can convict a guilty man. It takes a great prosecutor to convict an innocent man.

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  1. This staggering documentary is one of the greatest of all-time in this genre. It’s yet another rightful condemnation of the death penalty and a stylistically mesmerizing, tightly constructed film that chronicles one of the most glaring examples of a miscarriage of justice on record. Deft use of re-enactments and perfectly timed. Randall Adams served 12 years in error and came within of a few hours of execution. One of the great Phillip Glass’s most brilliant scores, one that immediately envelops and never lets go. Adams opposed Errol Morris when he was finally released, asserting that the celebrated documentarian had no automatic rights to his life story, but he didn’t sue. I understand Adams died at age 62 in 2010 of a brain tumor, and has married the sister of a prison inmate.

    I really love the director’s GATES OF HEAVEN and A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME (a few others ware good but not in the top tier) but THE THIN BLUE LINE is his supreme masterpiece in my view.

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