O.J

O.J

Made in America

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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An essential examination of the rise and fall of Orenthal James Simpson, and parallels between his incredible story with that of race in America. This critically-acclaimed documentary series reveals how he first became a football star, why America fell in love with him off the field, what happened in the trial for his ex-wife's murder, and finally, why he is now sitting in jail for another crime 20 years later.
Part I: In the turbulent 1960s, young OJ Simpson rises to fame as a football star first for the USC Trojans, than with the Buffalo Bills in the NFL and becomes one of the first black celebrities embraced by the white mainstream -- summary from imdb.com
Part II: OJ retires from football, becomes an actor and marries his second wife, Nicole. Meanwhile, tensions rise between Los Angeles' black community and the city's police, climaxing with the Rodney King beating and riots in the early 1990s -- summary from imdb.com
Part III: OJ's life and his public image change forever when he is accused of murdering his estranged wife, Nicole. His arrest, attempted escape and trial become a media circus -- summary from imdb.com
Part IV: As all the world watches Simpson's murder trial, OJ's defense team lead by Johnnie Cochran change the focus of the trial to a racial one and accuses the LAPD and detective Mark Fuhrman of racism instead of focusing on the actual murders -- summary from imdb.com
Part V: OJ is acquitted of the murders, but soon many of those close to him begin to doubt his innocence. In the years that follow, he loses his fortune following a civil trial and is arrested and sentenced in a unrelated robbery attempt -- summary from imdb.com
Publisher: [Bristol, Conn.] :, ESPN Films,, [2016]
Edition: Blu-ray
Copyright Date: ©2016
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (520 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
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Punnoval
Aug 05, 2018

When a film wins an Oscar for Best Documentary/Feature Film - it is usually a piece of crud and should be avoided (consider Icarus, Amy, Birdman, Spotlight, Shape of Water - all stinkers.)
How this item was nominated (and won) is beyond explanation - it is a masterpiece condemning the US justice system - equally as good as Errol Morris' great "Thin Blue Line". Ezra Edelman did an amazing job of shrinking down years of documentation into 7.5 hours that totally kept your attention.
It's got it all - irony (OJ as a black spokesman), scuzzy characters (almost all of the prosecution and most of the defense team), and fatalism (nicely explained by an assistant defender in an allegory of the football "5th quarter".)

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duane767
May 13, 2018

Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, graphic, maddening - this is about OJ, Nicole, Los Angeles, America, race, and the 90s. Shed a tear or two, literally or figuratively, for this all too real study in the darker aspects of humanity and the reasons people do what they do.

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reginator_22
Jan 18, 2018

One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. This is better and deeper than the FX show, which is good itself. But this documentary goes in depth into O.J.'s past, LAPD's tactics on dealing with the African American community, the trial, and how everything ties together. This is a must see.

A masterpiece of documentary film. You can feel the wings of Minerva's owl beating. It persuasively explains the O.J. verdict (it will make you truly appreciate Hegel's explanation of history as a dialectic). The exploration of O.J.'s life post-verdict is a fascinating look at depravity. My only complaint is I would have liked more on the end of O.J.'s NFL playing days. Gridiron genius Bill Walsh paid a lot of money to bring O.J. to San Francisco at the end of his career, and O.J. was a huge bust. His knees were so shot that he could only run in a straight line. I always thought that this was germane somehow to what was to follow. But the filmmaker ignores it.

PimaLib_JohnH Oct 13, 2017

Great documentary! Very insightful and Thorough.

ArapahoeKati Aug 30, 2017

I was blown away by this documentary. It was detailed and informative with a lot of new insights I hadn't heard (or considered), plus there were these great interviews from his "friends" and both the defense and the prosecutor, plus two jury members. Highly recommend if you like true crime or if you like social history because the documentary also gives the history behind the L.A. Riots, football culture and fame, and what it's like to be black in America.

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chrisbee55
Jun 26, 2017

I quite enjoyed this documentary - it was very well done and did justice to Nicolle and what she endured at the hand of this pig. One wonders why she never left him earlier instead of enduring beatings and death threats. He is so smug and truly a sociopath - no remorse whatsoever and the lies just fall off his lips effortlessly. A companion to this would be to also see The People VS OJ Simpson - both remarkable and a must see.

One thing that emerged from this that was never, ever mentioned before was that his father was gay and died of AIDS in 1986. He freaked out when a gay man kissed his son on his cheek and that night be beat the crap out of Nicolle - as if it was her fault. What a despicable man.

It is good to see that he has gotten his just deserts by being put into jail for robbery. I certainly hope that he does not get paroled this year - as he is able to apply for it.

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newdog
Jun 24, 2017

There was just too much fill that didn't need to be in the film.

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uncommonreader
Jun 05, 2017

Academy Award for best documentary.

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601skyrise
May 15, 2017

highly recommended, film was well done.

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reginator_22
Jan 18, 2018

O.J. Simpson: [referring to his refusal to participate in racial tensions during the Watts riots] I'm not black, I'm O.J.

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