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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.







Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Neumann
Phil Chadway
Frank Rizzo
Kate Johnson
Art Zugler
Beau Starr ...
Detective Marshall
Detective King
Deep Nightstick
Sandra Durano
Bruce McFee ...
Detective Harris
Detective Regossi
John Reilly
Sharon Chadway


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

13 August 2000 (USA)  »

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The Goon Squad  »

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1.33 : 1
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References The Thin Red Line (1998) See more »

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Real facts deserve a better film !
3 March 2002 | by (Brasschaat, Belgium) – See all my reviews

From the beginning on, it was clear that this was going to be a weak film. The acting was very bad to mediocre (Rob Morrow, who made me think of the Dustin Hoffmann of the 1970s). The screenplay was even worse. It got a little better but towards the end, the whole film collapsed badly. I haven't really understood what part the female characters in this story had to play. The last scene on the graveyard was an anti-climax. Oliver Stone or A.J. Pacula would have made a different story, if they had found the material worthwhile at least. A waist of time.

Dries Van Dongen

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