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Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

Summary: Errol Morris's unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas. Briefly, a drifter (Randall Adams) ran out of gas in Texas and was picked up by a 16-year-old runaway (David Harris). Later that night, they drank some beer, smoked some marijuana, and went to the movies. Then, their stories diverge. Adams claims that he left for his motel, where he was staying with his brother, and went to sleep. Harris, however, says that they were stopped by police late that night and Adams suddenly shot the officer approaching their car. The film shows the audience the evidence gathered by the police, who were under extreme pressure to clear the case. It strongly makes a point that the circumstantial evidence was very flimsy. 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. Morris implies that the D.A.'s and judge's desire for the death penalty in this case (which Harris would have been ineligible for, due to his youth), made Adams a scapegoat on which to pin this heinous crime.
Runtime: 103 min
Production: Channel 4 Television Corporation
Genres: Mystery, Crime, Documentary
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Jul 26, 2005
Director Credit
Errol Morris Director
Writer Credit
Errol Morris Writer
Principal Cast Credit
David Harris Himself
Randall Adams Himself
Cast Credit
Dale Holt Himself (Internal Affairs Investigator In Dallas)
Dennis Johnson Himself (Friend Of David Harris In Vidor)
Dennis White Himself (Defense Attorney)
Don Metcalfe Himself (The Judge)
Edith James Herself (Defense Attorney)
Emily Miller Herself (Surprise Eyewitness)
Floyd Jackson Himself (Friend Of David Harris In Vidor)
Gus Rose Himself (Homicide Detective In Dallas)
Hootie Nelson Himself (Friend Of David Harris In Vidor)
Jackie Johnson Herself (Homicide Detective In Dallas)
Marshall Touchton Himself (Homicide Detective In Dallas)
R.L. Miller Himself (Surprise Eyewitness)
Sam Kittrell Himself (Police Detective In Vidor)
Producer Credit
Brad Fuller Associate Producer
David Hohmann Assistant Producer
Gary McDonald Producer: Prison Interview
Lindsay Law Executive Producer
Mark Lipson Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: