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The Thin Blue Lie (2000)

A spine-chilling thriller about a courageous young reporter who risks his life and career to go deep into police abuse within homicide.

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Jonathan Neumann
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Phil Chadway
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Frank Rizzo
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Kate Johnson
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K.C.
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Art Zugler
Beau Starr ...
Detective Marshall
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Detective King
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Vinnie
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Detective Harris
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Detective Regossi
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John Reilly
Hayley Tyson ...
Sharon Chadway
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A new reporter is brought to a Philadelphia newspaper to provide court coverage in this 70's era fact-based story. One of the first cases brought to his attention involves a mentally handicapped young man who was found guilty of murder. His attorney, however, contends that his client was railroaded by the police and beaten into a confession. Investigation into the allegations reveals that not only has the client been beaten, but the witnesses were also beaten to force their testimony to collaborate the police's findings. Further investigations reveal a history of police abuse in many cases involving minorities and the under-privileged. Bringing his findings to his editors and a senior reporter, he is green-lighted to pursue the story further. He quickly finds that his story will not be easily founded as he receives threats at the hands of street police and detectives. Eventually he finds that the case leads to Mayor Frank Rizzo's office. He also finds that many don't support his ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Ordinary and obvious made-for-tv no brainer
8 September 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"The Thin Blue Lie" is an ordinary docudrama which tells of investigative reporter Jonathan Neumann (Morrow) who moves to Philadelphia in 1976 and sets about writing a series of Pulitzer winning articles about police abuses of authority under mayor Frank Rizzo (Sorvino). This formula flick has the simplistic look and feel of a made-for-tv production with an obvious no-brainer telling of a true story. On the upside it offers some good performances by Morrow, Quaid, and Sorvino. On the down side it's an obvious and predictable pitting of liberal against conservative forces which focuses on the age old and trite rationalization that it's okay to breach individual human rights for a greater good. An mediocre product for channel surfers.


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