Errol Morris

Errol Morris, born 5th February 1948, is an American Film Director and one of the most established documentary makers.

The British newspaper, The Guardian, rate him as the 7th best director in the world, and also state that “Morris is the world’s best investigative film-maker.” Arguably, Errol Morris’ documentaries regenerated enthusiasm for non fiction films in the 1980’s.

Since the premiere of his groundbreaking 1978 film, “Gates of Heaven,” Errol Morris has indelibly altered our perception of the non-fiction film, presenting to audiences the mundane, bizarre and history-making with his own distinctive élan.

Morris has also been known to make television commercials. Previous campaigns have included advertisements for  Apple, Citibank, Cisco Systems, Intel, American Express, Nike, and, in what he considers his most impressive achievement, over 100 commercials for Miller Hi-Life.

Recently, Morris has also been a regular contributor to the opinion pages of The New York Times with his blog, Zoom, a series of essays on truth and photography. The collected essays will be published by Penguin Press.


 Although Morris delivers mini television documentary series, he is mostly known for his successful documentary films, including:
Gates of Heaven (1978)
Vernon, Florida (1981)

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

A Brief History of Time (1991)

Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control (1997)

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)
The Fog of War (2003)

Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

Tabloid (2010)

They Were There (2011)

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Perhaps the most famous of these is The Thin Blue Line. This documentary film argues that a man, Randall Dale Adams, was wrongly charged for murder by the corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. The political success of the film can be illustrated by the fact that after it’s release, Adam’s case was reassessed and he was released from prison one year later.

The Thin Blue Line, was also largely a success in terms of sales, considering that it grossed $1,209,846.00 in the US and Canada, and on its opening weekend, in only one theatre, it took in $17,814.00. In addition to this, the film ranks as the 82nd  highest grossing documentary film released since 1982. Despite this however,  Morris actually claims that he lost money on the production.

The above is a short documentary that discusses the further success and significance of The Thin Blue Line.
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  • Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival for Standard Operating Procedure
  • Academy Award for Documentary Feature The Fog of War (2004)
  • Best Documentary of the Year awards for The Fog of War (2003): the National Board of Review, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics, and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics.
  • 2002 International Documentary Association list of the 20 all-time best documentaries: The Thin Blue Line (#2), Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (#14)
  • Emmy for Best Commercial for PBS commercial “Photobooth” (2001)
  • MacArthur Fellowship (1989)
  • Washington Post Best Film of the Year for The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  • New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics Best Documentary for The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  • Golden Horse for Best Foreign Film at the Taiwan International Film Festival for The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  • Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture, from the Mystery Writers of America, for The Thin Blue Line (1989)
  • Gates of Heaven (1978) has long been on Roger Ebert’s list of the ten greatest films ever made.     

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