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American Tragedy (2000)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 12 November 2000
Johnnie Cochran defends O.J. Simpson who is on trial for his wife's murder.



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnnie Cochran
Robert Shapiro
Barry Scheck
Carl Douglas
Gerry Uelman
Robert Kardashian
Christopher Darden
Diana LaMar ...
Marcia Clark
Shawn Chapman
Judge Lance Ito
F. Lee Bailey
Alan Dershowitz
Jeanette Harris
Cordelia Richards ...
Jo-Ellan Dimitrius
Bill Hodgman


Based on the book of the real-life O.J. Simpson criminal trial based on Simpson's lawyers point of view of the long trial. In June 1994, former pro football player-turned-entertainer O.J. Simpson is charged with the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and a friend, named Ron Goldman. When Simpson doubts his lawyer Robert Shapiro's ability to try the case because of Shapiro's doubts of Simpson's innocence, Simpson hires civil rights lawyer Johnny Cochran along with an assortment of lawyers including vetran criminal lawyer F. Lee Bailey, DNA lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and lawyer Gerry Uelman to defend him in which each lawyer argues with the court, and each other, over the case and their ability to try the high-profile case in and out of the courtroom. Written by Anonymous

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lawyer | trial | courtroom | race | argument | See All (7) »


You know how it ends...but you can't believe what happened behind the scenes. See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some violent images | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 November 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amerykanska tragedia  »

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Did You Know?


Ron Silver - who plays Robert Shapiro in this project - previously played another member of O.J.'s defense team. Silver played Alan Dershowitz in Reversal of Fortune (1990), a movie that doesn't involve O.J. See more »


Version of The O.J. Simpson Story (1995) See more »

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Movie tracks 'Without A Doubt'
2 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Trimark's 'American Tragedy' tracks Marcia Clark's book, 'Without A Doubt' so well I wondered if she hadn't cooperated in the screenplay. It bothered me that this movie is not listed in Maltin's Movie Guide and I wondered why, but then I see here that it's a TV production, and Maltin does not list those. Much of course was left out, most of which would have been even more incriminating. The movie is very well done, quite restrained and objective in my view. It is 'without a doubt' and at the very least a damning testimony to the flaws in our jury system. The one strong point in the book that the movie glossed over or even gave a wrong impression about was Judge Ito's marked favoritism toward the defensive team of lawyers throughout the trial. All in all, a very interesting and important film.

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