Robert Wood, a Dallas police officer, was working the with his partner, Teresa Turko, one of the first female police officers in Dallas that was ever assigned to patrol duty. Then the case of Adams began to obsess him, and the result is a film that takes its viewers back to the events on the night when Wood was shot dead. Through the construction and ordering of the non-linear story Morris presents, he reveals an easy-to-follow narrative implicating Harris instead of Adams, not unlike the story that implicated Adams in the first place, because it presents an easy-to-believe retelling of history. Himself Friend of David Harris in Vidor. You may have guessed that this all takes place in Texas. The movie contains a series of interviews about the investigation and reenactments of the shooting, based on the testimony and recollections of Adams, Harris, and various witnesses and detectives.
Although he makes documentaries, Morris is much more interested in the spaces between the facts than with the facts themselves. That one is a little more convincing and powerful than The Thin Blue Line although this one apparently helped to get Adams off the hook; of course, with the amount of evidence that the film amassed, it is difficult to let the man rot without one more chance. However, since Adams was released because his case was dismissed, and not because he was pardoned, he received no payment from the state after his release for his wrongful conviction. Hollywood Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies. Miller , as well as detectives including Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson, and Marshall Touchton. Archived from on July 16, 2012.
On November 28, 1976, police officer Robert W. As an expert psychiatrist, Dr. Adams claimed that he left for his motel, where he was staying with his brother, and went to sleep. Although the film is the 95th highest grossing documentary film released since 1982, Morris says he lost money on the production. Morris felt he had the exclusive rights to my life story. Under the law in Texas, the death penalty can only be issued if the jury is convinced that the defendant is not just guilty, but will commit violent crimes in the future if not put to death. The film shows the audience the evidence gathered by the police, who were under extreme pressure to clear the case.
As Wood approached the vehicle on the driver's side, he was shot twice by the occupant - whom officer Turko later testified in court as not having seen, as she was also according to her testimony standing directly behind the stolen vehicle when the shots were fired. Morris was originally going to film a documentary about prosecution Dr. The police choose to believe a juvenile delinquent's testimony against a man who has never done anything majorly illegal in his life just because they cannot send a 16 year old to the chair, and they cannot fail to execute someone over the death of a police officer. Sherwin argues that for the film to succeed as an affirmative postmodern work, it must contextualize the past events within a present narrative. When interviewed by police, Harris accused Adams of the murder.
Later that night, they drank some beer, smoked some marijuana, and went to the movies. One night in November 1976, after his car breaks down on a road outside Dallas, Randall Dale Adams accepts a ride from teenager David Harris. Briefly, a drifter Randall Adams ran out of gas and was picked up by a 16-year-old runaway David Harris. On the weekend of that murder, Morris had an interview scheduled with Harris. Maybe I had, maybe I just don't understand what it's like to be in prison for that long, for a crime you hadn't committed. The interviewee, therefore, looks directly at Morris, and the camera.
In: Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, Vol. Even with the power it carries, The Thin Blue Line has some structural problems. Although the film recreates several versions of the shooting, it does not recreate one in which David Harris shoots the officer, the interpretation which it argues is true. Harris, however, said that they were stopped by police late that night, and Adams suddenly shot the officer approaching their car. Grigson told the jury that Adams would be an ongoing menace if kept alive but Morris, after meeting Adams, became skeptical that he committed the crime. And it's a long, complicated story, but I guess when people are involved, there's always a mess somewhere. As a result of publicity around the film, Adams whose death sentence had been overturned by the in 1980 and subsequently commuted to life in prison by the Governor of Texas, had his conviction overturned by the ; the case was returned to for a retrial.
Written by Trivia When first attempted to film , he was suspicious and nervous and stopped talking several times. Shortly after midnight, Officer Wood stopped the stolen car occupied by Harris, in the 3400 block of North Hampton Road because, as officially recorded, its headlights were not on. Although his interviews are shot straight on, head and shoulders, there is a way his camera has of framing his subjects so that we look at them very carefully, learning as much by what we see as by what we hear. The final scene, in which Morris and Harris are only heard, while shots of a tape recorder appear from various angles, was not originally planned. The investigation eventually led back to Harris, who after returning to Vidor, had boasted to friends that he was responsible for the shooting.
The Thin Blue Line changed the face of what a documentary can do, and is credited with exposing the truth and getting Adams' conviction overturned. In almost every instance, Dr. In a certain sense, the whole crazy deal with the release was fueled by my relationship with his attorney. The next morning, Adams was offered a job. After Adams' release from prison, he ended up in a legal battle with Morris concerning the rights to his story. In fact, it becomes apparent that Harris was a much more likely suspect and was in the middle of a crime spree, eventually ending up on Death Row himself for the later commission of other crimes.
Briefly, a drifter Randall Adams ran out of gas and was picked up by a 16-year-old runaway David Harris. Morris has discovered there was no late show on the night in question. Harris led police to the car driven from the scene of the crime, as well as a revolver he identified as the murder weapon. Himself Homicide Detective in Dallas. Harris is driving a stolen vehicle and, later that night, when Dallas police officer Robert Wood pulls the car over to check its headlights, he is shot and killed. The Thin Blue Line is a 1988 documentary from award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris. He begins to form a stable and committed relationship with Mia and immediately tosses not only his other relationships with a few other women, but also tosses his relationship with Brandi.
The film tells the story of Randall Adams, an innocent man who was wrongly sentenced to death. In: Caroline Picart, et al. Harris led police to the car driven from the scene of the crime, as well as to a caliber he identified as the murder weapon. In fact, it becomes apparent that Harris was a much more likely suspect and was in the middle of a crime spree, eventually ending up on Death Row himself for the later commission of other crimes. That evening they went to a drive-in movie. Although his interviews are shot straight on, head and shoulders, there is a way his camera has of framing his subjects so that we look at them very carefully, learning as much by what we see as by what we hear.