Documentary Tuesday: “The Thin Blue Line” [1988]


According to Slate, 1988’s The Thin Blue Line is a “remarkable documentary [that] re-examines the available evidence, uncovering police misconduct and prosecutorial malfeasance” regarding the 1976 murder of a Dallas police officer.

That sentence comes from a Q&A with director Errol Morris, who gave his thoughts on our current obsession with true crime – Serial, The Jinx, Making a Murderer – as well as the lessons he learned on The Thin Blue Line.

IMDB simply describes the work as, “A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.”

Previously in Documentary Tuesday:

Room 237 | Exit Through the Gift Shop | The Death of Superman Lives | 30 for 30: The Price of Gold | Paradise Lost | 30 for 30 Short: The Deal – Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox | The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings | Imagine…From Pencils to Pixels | Behind the Music: Nirvana | Planet B-Boy | Soul Survivor | The Cheshire Murders | Sound and Vision | Welcome to Death Row | Einstein | 30 for 30: Broke

Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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