It is the defining cultural tale of modern America - a saga of race, celebrity, media, violence, and the criminal justice system. And two decades after its unforgettable climax, it continues to fascinate, polarize, and even, yes, develop new chapters. Now, the producers of ESPN's award-winning "30 for 30" have made it the subject of their first documentary-event and most ambitious project yet. From Peabody and Emmy-award winning director Ezra Edelman, it's "O.J.: Made in America," a 10-hour multi-part production coming summer of 2016. To most observers, it's a story that began the night Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were brutally murdered outside her Brentwood apartment. But as "O.J." lays bare, to truly grasp the significance of what happened not just that night, but the epic chronicle to follow, one has to travel back to a much different, much earlier origin point, at not the end, but the beginning of the 20th century, when African-Americans began migrating to California ...Written by
O.J.: Made in America premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 2016. It also screened at a number of festivals and received a limited theatrical run before airing in 5 parts on ESPN. See more »
Robert Shapiro says in an interview with Barbara Walters that O.J. Simpson was found innocent. Simpson was found "not guilty", not "innocent". See more »
[after studying the crime scene]
I believe she went down: four stab wounds, three were deep ones, one shallow, inflicted on the left side of her neck, her head was on the first step above the first pavement level where the rest of her body was. I believe Ron Goldman was on the scene after Nicole had been subdued, as Ron came upon Nicole as he moved forward to the fallen Nicole OJ grabbed Ron from behind and probably had the knife at his throat.
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This is a terrific documentary of OJ Simpson's life and especially his trial. The one thing that stuck in my craw was Jeffrey Toobin's role in the trial. I had respected Toobin and his legal insight -- but what was he doing delving into Fuhrman's past to find some dirt on him before the trial -- helping the defense team divert the trial from Simpson and making it about Furhman's use of derogatory terms. There;s a huge difference between slaughtering two people and name calling.
Toobin, after aiding the defense, made a name for himself on cable programs by being an "insider" in the trial. I think it's another case of sleazy self-promotion by Toobin and the other losers who exploited this trial. Why weren't jurors picked from Simpson's peers, his neighbors in the area where he lived? That's the normal way that jurors are selected. Simpson didn't live in downtown LA.
Anyway, this movie is so well done. I think it's going to win a lot of awards -- and deservedly so. I was riveted throughout the 5 episodes. Like "The Making of a Murderer," this film, with all the additional footage of Simpson's life and career, provides a multi-level perspective on a man with two sides: (1) the jovial, friendly personality and (2) the dark rage=filled side.
I highly recommend this top-quality production: the camera work, music, interviews, and new footage make this a must-see for the discriminating movie buff who appreciates quality story telling.
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