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Release Date:
25 August 1988 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A softcore movie, Dr. Death, a chocolate milkshake, a nosey blonde and "The Carol Burnett Show." Solving this mystery is going to be murder.
Plot:
A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
9 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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If there was ever a hell on earth... See more (55 total) »

Cast

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Randall Adams ... Himself
David Harris ... Himself
Gus Rose ... Himself (Homicide Detective in Dallas)
Jackie Johnson ... Herself (Homicide Detective in Dallas)
Marshall Touchton ... Himself (Homicide Detective in Dallas)
Dale Holt ... Himself (Internal Affairs Investigator in Dallas)
Sam Kittrell ... Himself (Police Detective in Vidor)
Hootie Nelson ... Himself (Friend of David Harris in Vidor)
Dennis Johnson ... Himself (Friend of David Harris in Vidor)
Floyd Jackson ... Himself (Friend of David Harris in Vidor)
Edith James ... Herself (Defense Attorney)
Dennis White ... Himself (Defense Attorney)
Don Metcalfe ... Himself (The Judge)
Emily Miller ... Herself (Surprise Eyewitness)
R.L. Miller ... Himself (Surprise Eyewitness)
Elba Carr ... Herself (Employee at Fas-Gas)
Michael Randell ... Himself (Third Surprise Eyewitness)
Melvyn Carson Bruder ... Himself (Appellate Attorney)
Adam Goldfine ... Randall Adams (Re-Enactments)
Derek Horton ... David Harris (Re-Enactments)
Ron Thornhill ... Robert Wood (Re-Enactments)

Marianne Leone ... Teresa Turko (Re-Enactments)
Amanda Caprio ... Popcorn Lady (Re-Enactments)
Michael Nicoll ... Interrogation Officer (Re-Enactments)
Michael Cirilla ... 2nd Interrogation Officer (Re-Enactments)
Phyllis Rodgers ... Stenographer (Re-Enactments)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Errol Morris ... Himself (Interviewer) (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Errol Morris 
 
Writing credits
Errol Morris 

Produced by
Brad Fuller .... associate producer
David Hohmann .... assistant producer
Lindsay Law .... executive producer
Mark Lipson .... producer
Gary McDonald .... producer: prison interview
 
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Chappell (director of photography)
Stefan Czapsky (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Barnes 
 
Production Design by
Ted Bafaloukos 
 
Art Direction by
Lester Cohen 
 
Makeup Department
Theo Mayes .... key hair stylist: Bruno Le Salon (as Theodore Mayes)
Theo Mayes .... key makeup artist: Bruno Le Salon (as Theodore Mayes)
 
Production Management
Shelley Houis .... production manager
Steven Stoke .... unit manager
 
Art Department
Christine Cornell .... courtroom drawings
Daniel Talpers .... assistant art director
Pamela Woodbridge .... property master
 
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... additional production sound (as Steven Aaron)
James Allen .... dialogue editor
Blaise Dupuy .... assistant sound engineer
Brad Fuller .... sound
Miles Green .... sound recording engineer
Jaime Kibben .... dialogue editor (as Jamie Kibban)
Jeff Kliment .... sound effects editor
Jack Leahy .... sound re-recording mixer
Samuel Lehmer .... sound effects editor
Samuel Lehmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Sheila McFarland .... sound assistant
Marnie Moore .... sound assistant
Larry Oppenheimer .... sound assistant
Leslie Shatz .... additional sound effects
Randy Thom .... sound re-recording consultant
Mel Zelniker .... additional re-recordist
 
Special Effects by
Matt Vogel .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael C. Blundell .... best boy (as Mike Blundell)
Ned Burgess .... additional photographer
Mel Cannon .... second electric
Philippe Carr-Forster .... additional photographer (as Philip Carr-Forster)
Tim Chin .... grip
Mary Cybulski .... second assistant camera
Kenny Davis .... key grip
Mike DePrez .... second electric
Joseph Dianda .... grip (as Joe Dianda)
John Geisler .... gaffer
Richard Kamper .... assistant camera
Michael J. Latino .... first assistant camera (as Mike Latino)
Sally Roy .... assistant camera
Newton Thomas Sigel .... additional photographer (as Tom Sigel)
Peter Sova .... additional photographer
David Waterston .... assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Randall Balsmeyer .... animation designer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Hickox .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Vida Fitzgerald .... editorial intern
Joseph Horowitz .... editorial consultant
Brian Katkin .... assistant editor
Elizabeth Kling .... contributing editor
Michael Kolvek .... color timer
Robert Mowen .... editorial intern
Teresa O'Brien .... post-production coordinator
Bruce Shaw .... associate editor
Lesley Topping .... assistant editor (as Leslie Topping)
Aaron D. Weisblatt .... assistant editor (as Aaron Weisblatt)
 
Music Department
Dan Dryden .... music contractor (music administrator)
Rory Johnston .... associate music producer
Kurt Munkacsi .... music producer: Euphorbia Productions Ltd.
Michael Riesman .... conductor
 
Other crew
Ted Bafaloukos .... title designer
Ellen Barrie Aaronson .... production office coordinator (as Ellen Aaronson)
Jay Boggis .... additional interlocutor
Veronica Brady .... production office coordinator
Fred Cassidy .... production assistant
Paul Conklin .... production assistant
Sean Coughlin .... opticals: IP/IN
Anne-Marie Fendrick .... production assistant (as Ann Marie Fendrick)
Richard Guay .... production auditor
Sarah Horowitz .... research assistant
Dmitry Kibrik .... production assistant
Nancy Kriegel .... assistant auditor
Felix Olivier .... location scout
Marshall Persinger .... craft service
Dale Pierce-Johnson .... production assistant
Joe Ponzi .... technical consultant
Lisa Schechter .... production office coordinator
Craig Schlichter .... production assistant
Susan Sheehan .... production assistant
Charles Silver .... production consultant
Mark Singer .... additional interlocutor
Chris Strand .... production assistant
Carah von Funk .... production assistant
John Pierson .... producer's representative (uncredited)
 
Thanks
George Beto .... special thanks: The Criminal Justice Center, Sam Houston State University (as Dr. George Beto)
Jay Byrd .... special thanks: The Texas Department of Corrections
Phil Guthrie .... special thanks: The Texas Department of Corrections
Robert Hobbs .... special thanks: The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office
Paul McWilliams .... special thanks: The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office
Noel Ian Morris .... dedicatee
Peter Phillips .... special thanks: The Criminal Justice Center, Sam Houston State University (as Dr. Peter Phillips)
Dennis Powell .... special thanks
Randy Schaffer .... special thanks
Jeff Scheftel .... special thanks
Volker Schlöndorff .... special thanks: Bioskop Film (as Volker Schlondorff)
Julia Sheehan .... special thanks
Robert Smith .... special thanks
Fred Strype .... special thanks: The Irving Film Commission
Henry M. Wade .... special thanks: The Dallas County District Attorney's Office (as Henry Wade)
Suzanne Weil .... special thanks
 

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103 min
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Trivia:
Errol Morris spent 2-1/2 years tracking down the various players in the Randall Adams case and convincing them to appear in the film.See more »
Quotes:
Sam Kittrell:David thought that the one that was really at fault that night was the guy that got killed. He said, "That guy's crazy. He came after me with a gun." I told him, "David, you'd broken into his house, you abducted his girlfriend, what was he supposed to do?" He said, "Man shouldn't come out with a gun. That dude's crazy. He should have been killed."See more »
Movie Connections:
References "All in the Family" (1971)See more »

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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
If there was ever a hell on earth..., 30 December 2007
Author: faraaj-1 (faraajqureshi2401@gmail.com) from Sydney, Australia

I grew up in a society that strongly believes in the death penalty - a religion injunction based on the Islamic code of justice. I remember being told a story (don't know if its true) of how the US President visited Saudi Arabia and on the last day of his visit he was treated to some public be-headings. When he questioned the morality of it, his host informed him that the handful of criminals punished represented the entirety of the criminal population for the past one year. The moral being that harsh punishments prevent crimes and caring too much about the aggressor leads to high crime rates. I personally lost faith in the prison system many years ago after reading about the Milgram and Stanford Prison Experiment findings. A harrowing Australian movie, Ghosts of the Civil Dead made me detest the prison system even more. In recent years Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo have left a bad taste in the mouth. So, is the answer really the death penalty and other physical measures that can't be reversed? After seeing The Thin Blue Line I just don't know. This film has really affected me.

An innocent hitch-hiker, and from what I saw in the documentary a decent man, is caught at the wrong time in the wrong place - a former sundown town called Vidor, Dallas County. He is implicated in the murder of a cop and is obviously innocent of the crime. The entire legal system of Vidor is bent to prosecute him. The reason: the real killer is a 16-year old and there's no benefit in finding him guilty because he can't be given the death penalty. Randall Adams, in his 20's, can and must be punished because he's a stranger to these small-minded bigots and someone must pay! Shocking that people can think that way. It makes The Ox-Bow Incident and issues it raised 70 years ago valid even today. This was no more than a judicial lynching.

Fortunately, in this case Randall Adams' case was reopened and he was acquitted and released, in large measure due to this documentary and the scandal it caused. The story is exceedingly well told and the end with the tape recorded last interview with David Harris is chilling. I can't say that after watching this I still have a clear opinion of what punishment should fit a crime, but it has certainly made me question the validity of the mentality present in so many Muslim countries. Who is to say there can be no similar travesty of justice there?

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