O.J. Simpson: Made in America

2016 At the movies November 2016 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the November 2016 Edition

(Crave TV.ca – ESPN Network)

Documentary – Five Part Series

Featuring: Interviews and archive footage with: Bea Arthur, Marcia Clark, A.C. Cowlings, David Gascon, Robin Greer, Peter Hyams, Robert Kardashian, O.J. Simpson, Peter Weireter, David Zucker

Director: Ezra Edelman

“It is the defining cultural tale of modern America a saga of race,  celebrity, media,  violence, and  the  criminal just system. And two decades after its unforgettable climax, it continues to fascinate, polarize and develop new chapters.”

“ESPN tackles the subject of O.J. Simpson in an in-depth documentary start from his football career to his L.A. life to the trial and finally his conviction in a different case. After the compel-ling American Crime Story, this is a great way to provide the context. This is not simply a sports doc or a doc about the trial.

This digs into the pervasive racism in the LAPD and the history of race conflicts in the area.

It’s also very in-depth in its examination of O.J.’s personality. This doc lays it all out very well. The trial itself is less in depth but it’s interesting in a couple of ways. There are two of the jurors as well as a harrowing explanation and pictures of the crime scene.

They really bring out more reality out of the trial. This fills out everything surrounding the case. The ACS is a fun pseudo reality drama. This doc is great at filling out the actual reality.”

This is a compelling must watch series. There is not much more I can add except that the information and depth of this story is truly remarkable. It aired in June 2016. I would not be surprised to see this nominated in next years’ line up for Oscar awards.

IMDB gives this film a rating of 9/10 and Metacritic has given it a stunning 100%.

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