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O.J.: Made in America (2016)

A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.

Director:

Ezra Edelman
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 49 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lew Alcindor)
Mike Albanese Mike Albanese ... Himself
Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
Marcus Allen ... Himself (archive footage)
Bea Arthur ... Herself (archive footage)
F. Lee Bailey ... Himself
Danny Bakewell Danny Bakewell ... Himself
Paula Barbieri ... Herself (archive footage)
Rona Barrett Rona Barrett ... Herself (archive footage)
Joe Bell Joe Bell ... Himself
Carrie Bess Carrie Bess ... Herself
Tom Bradley Tom Bradley ... Himself (archive footage)
Nicole Brown Simpson Nicole Brown Simpson ... Herself (archive footage)
Jim Brown ... Himself
Tanya Brown Tanya Brown ... Herself
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Storyline

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 ESPN Films

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2016 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

O.J.: Egy amerikai hős See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ESPN Films, Laylow Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(5 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Released the same year as FX's miniseries "American Crime Story (2016)". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Marcia Clark - Interviewee: [referring to OJ's defense team] They really did it, they acquitted him. They really did it, they walked him out the door.
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Connections

Features Capricorn One (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Hollywood Swinging
Written by Robert Kool Bell (uncredited), Ronald Bell (uncredited), George Funky Brown (uncredited), Robert Spike Mickens (uncredited), Claydes Smith (uncredited), Dennis D.T. Thomas (uncredited) and Richard Westfield (uncredited)
Performed by Kool & The Gang
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The In Depth Story That Needed To Be Told
13 June 2016 | by buddhalouSee all my reviews

I have been very impressed with the scope and quality of this much anticipated documentary. While I enjoyed the inaugural season of American Crime Story with O.J. Simpson as its subject, it was a) a dramatization, and b) solely focused on the infamous murder case. This documentary, on the other hand takes us back to OJ's junior college days and examines, as its title suggests, what made O.J. Simpson the man he became. Seeing the rise of Simpson's football stardom put in context of the turbulent times during his days at USC was eye- opening. Using a bounty of old footage and interviews, we are shown the single-mindedness and sense of purpose that drove O.J. from the earliest days of his career and his complete disconnect from the racial tensions and the equal rights movement going on around him - perhaps, tellingly so. The filmmakers also do an amazing job of examining the people, the events and circumstances in the Los Angeles community which led an atmosphere in the city that undeniably had an impact on the investigation, the trial and the verdict in what has rightly been called the trial of the century.


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