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O.J.: Made in America (2016)

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 develop new chapters.

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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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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 »

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Robin Greer: She was free and she was happy without him, and I think he knew it was really over. She was saying to herself, "I'm going to date who I want, I'm going to go where I want, I'm going to be friends with who I want. I'm free. You have lost me, O.J. Watch me run." There was something almost unattainable about her that he couldn't quite control, and I think that was part of the attraction, and I think in the final analysis that's what got her killed.
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One of the Best Documentaries You'll Ever See
24 June 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

O.J. Simpson: Made in America (2016)

**** (out of 4)

This here is basically going to be an overview of all five episodes. If you want a more detailed look at individual episodes then you can check out the page for those episodes.

When ESPN announced that they were working on another O.J. Simpson documentary I'm sure people wondered what the point was. Then when people learned that it would be over seven hours I think they really started to wonder if the subject hadn't already been played out but that certainly wasn't the case because this here is without question one of the greatest documentaries that you're ever going to see.

I'm somewhat of an O.J. nut so I've seen just about every documentary that has been done on him but what's so great about this one is that it gives you a fresh view of the events. Not only do we get to see the fall of Simpson but we also get to view what made him a legend on the football field. The first episode deals with his football playing days at USC and Buffalo and we also get into Simpson's popularity off the field.

The documentary not only covers Simpson but it also covers the various race issues that were in Los Angeles and how many of these, including the Rodney King issue, came back into play once Simpson went to trial for murder. Another great aspect is the fifth and final episode where we take a look at Simpson's life after the murder trial, which of course had the once legend falling into a public menace.

The documentary is about as great as you could possibly hope as we get interviews with O.J.'s friends as well as people connected to his trial and eventually his Vegas robbery. I think the documentary is extremely fair in the way it looks at O.J. as it simply tries to tell his story instead of making up its own story and trying to force you into viewing Simpson in a certain way. The documentary is simply giving the viewer all the evidence and it's up to them to take what they will from it.

I've always believed Simpson probably committed the murders but the prosecution was horrible and they didn't prove it. It certainly didn't help that Furhman refused to say whether or not he planted evidence. The documentary gives us a theory as to what happened that night but I personally didn't believe it. We also have O.J.'s agent talking about a confession as to what happened that night.

The documentary shows some very violent and gruesome images from the crime scene but it also pays the victims great respect, which is something that usually doesn't happen. O.J. SIMPSON: MADE IN America is an amazing documentary that has so many new things that you can't help but be impressed no matter how many other documentaries you've seen on the subject.


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