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Manna from Heaven 

Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey go across the country to acquire the Mark Fuhrman tapes.

Director:

Anthony Hemingway

Writers:

Jeffrey Toobin (based on the book "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson" by), Scott Alexander (developed for television by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sterling K. Brown ... Christopher Darden
Kenneth Choi ... Judge Lance Ito
Christian Clemenson ... Bill Hodgman (credit only)
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... O.J. Simpson
Bruce Greenwood ... Gil Garcetti
Nathan Lane ... F. Lee Bailey
Sarah Paulson ... Marcia Clark
David Schwimmer ... Robert Kardashian
John Travolta ... Robert Shapiro
Courtney B. Vance ... Johnnie Cochran
Chris Conner ... Jeffrey Toobin
Dale Godboldo ... Carl E. Douglas
Jessica Blair Herman ... Kim Goldman
Larry King ... Larry King
Cheryl Ladd ... Linell Shapiro
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Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey go across the country to acquire the Mark Fuhrman tapes.

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Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Goofs

In a shot of the Downtown L.A. skyline, three of the buildings look different from how they did in 1995.

First, the tallest building, now known as the U.S. Bank Tower, was at the time the First Interstate Building, and there should be First Interstate logos at the top.

Second, the building with the Chase logo on it didn't have that logo in 1995, and even if it had, the Chase logo pictured wasn't introduced until 2007.

Finally, the building with the Union Bank logo on it didn't have a Union Bank logo in 1995, and the logo pictured wasn't introduced until 2008. See more »

Quotes

Marcia Clark: Your Honor, can we curtail this performance piece? The witness has already made clear that he will not answer any further questions.
Johnnie Cochran: Actually, Your Honor, may I ask just one last question?
[Ito nods as a yes]
Johnnie Cochran: Thank you... Oh. Detective Fuhrman... did you plant or manufacture any evidence in this case?
Detective Mark Fuhrman: I assert my Fifth Amendment privilege.
Johnnie Cochran: No further questions, Your Honor.
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Connections

References Larry King Live (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

American Crime Story End Credits Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Mac Quayle
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The Highlight of the Series
31 March 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The People vs O.J. Simpson: Manna from Heaven (2016)

The defense, the D.A. and Judge Ito learns that star witness Mark Fuhrman recorded an audio tape where there's some very bad stuff said that will effect that outcome of the trial.

To say this is the best episode in an already great series would be an understatement. The Fuhrman moment stands out in regards to the original trial and there's no doubt that the screenwriters, the director and the producers knew that this would make the most dramatic moment for the series and they milk the Fuhrman stuff for every inch of drama that they can. They might milk the drama but it's perfectly done and leads to some of the most intense and dramatic moments of the series and you might argue it made for some of the best acting you'll see from any series period.

As this series winds down it's becoming clear that there's some of the greatest casting that you're ever going to witness. Everyone really gets to show off their talents as an actor here including a heartfelt performance by Sterling K. Brown as Darden and we even get to see a different type of emotion from John Travolta and Courtney B. Vance. Even Sarah Paulson gets to show off a new side to the character.

If you remember the real moment in time when Fuhrman took the stand then you know how captivating it was. This episode perfectly captures that but adds so much more with everything that was going on behind-the-scenes. Now I do question the authenticity of a few things here but this is a docu-drama and not a documentary.

Episode: A+


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