American Crime Story

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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story explores the chaotic behind-the scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the O.J. Simpson trial.
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  1. 1. From the Ashes of Tragedy
    February 1, 2016
    58min
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    The murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman lead the LAPD to the home of O.J. Simpson
  2. 2. The Run of His Life
    February 8, 2016
    41min
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    With O.J. Simpson missing in the white Bronco, Robert Shapiro and Robert Kardashian deal with the fallout, as the D.A.'s office and LAPD scramble to save face and find him.
  3. 3. The Dream Team
    February 15, 2016
    43min
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    Marcia Clark announces that O.J. Simpson has been charged. Robert Shapiro seeks advice from F. Lee Bailey and comes up with a provocative strategy. As Shapiro starts putting together "The Dream Team", he must convince O.J. to hire Johnnie Cochran.
  4. 4. 100% Not Guilty
    February 22, 2016
    54min
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    Johnnie Cochran brings an energy that transforms the case.
  5. 5. The Race Card
    February 29, 2016
    53min
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    As the trial begins, Christopher Darden and Johnnie Cochran face off in court. Chris has doubts about Mark Fuhrman as a witness. The jury visits the crime scene.
  6. 6. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia
    March 7, 2016
    50min
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    As Marcia Clark juggles her home and work obligations, she starts to feel the public scrutiny of her appearance.
  7. 7. Conspiracy Theories
    March 14, 2016
    43min
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    Conspiracy theories start to arise around the case. The prosecution debates whether they should have O.J. Simpson try on the gloves in court.
  8. 8. A Jury in Jail
    March 21, 2016
    42min
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    Months into the trial, cut off from their families, society and the media, the jurors grow stir crazy and start becoming unlikely targets for the prosecution and the defense. Meanwhile, the country gets an introduction to the science of DNA evidence.
  9. 9. Manna from Heaven
    March 28, 2016
    50min
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    Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey head across the country to get their hands on the Mark Fuhrman tapes. Judge Ito must decide whether the tapes, and the racial epithets they contain, are admissible.
  10. 10. The Verdict
    April 4, 2016
    1 h 5 min
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    The prosecution and defense make their closing statements, the jurors deliberate, and the verdict comes down.

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  1. Bonus: American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson - Sneak Peak
    January 16, 2016
    1min
    NR
    Subtitles
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    Get a sneak peek at the highly anticipated new FX limited series featuring an all-star cast. The series takes you inside the O.J. Simpson trial with a riveting look at the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the football legend of double homicide

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SkywalkerReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fitting retell of the O.J. Simpson case
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God, this is good. I was there when this was happening, from the televised Bronco chase all the way to the verdict. Watching the remake of this in Ryan Murphy's capable hands was enlightening, especially when so many other directors have attempted the same with only B movie results.

I initially thought it was going to be a (well made) summary of what happened, but it was more than that, adding background to the story and it's players, as well as nuance and depth to the characters. It is easy to suspend our reality and watch these characters as though they are the real people they represent--Judge Ito, Johnny Cochran, even the jurors. Sara Paulson was stellar as Marcia Clark, and the rest of the cast--down to the more minor characters--were well cast, although I will admit the acting of Travolta as Shapiro was slightly clunky and seemed off point somehow.

They really knew what they were doing, stylistically, when making this. At least one time I got chills and felt like I was thrown back in the 90's, if only for a moment. That shows excellent attention to detail on casting, cinematography, and score. If you're interested in learning more about what the Simpson debacle entailed, or even just watching an engrossing crime drama, you can't go wrong with this. I left the series with both a micro understanding of the trial, as well as a 10,000 foot view of how racial tensions and corruption were allowed to thrive and run rampant in California.

Ryan Murphy is rapidly becoming one of my favorite filmmakers (along with J.J. Abrams), and I hope he is around for quite some time to continue showcasing his talent.
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Roman85Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great mini-series
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Everyone is cast perfectly in this, except O.J. himself, although I like Cuba Gooding Jr. as an actor, he did not fit the role of O.J......I would have cast Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed) in the role......however Sarah Paulson really embodies the role of Marcia Clark & Courtney Vance reminds us of Johnny Cockran, but the real standout is Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden.......they could not have picked a better actor to play Darden, John Travolta does o.k. as Robert Shapiro, but is a little over the top at times & David Scwhimmer is perfect as Robert Kardasian......
This mini-series pretty much follows the O.J. trial starting with the night of the murders & ending with his acquittal, it is an in depth look as to the effects the trial had on all those involved & is quite compelling.....highly recommend this one to those interested in the case.
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ShawkinsReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing acting, such a 90s vibe, so nostalgic and entertaining
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I was a kid when the O.J. trial happened. I remember the cultural significance, the questions it raised in every household about racism and violence against women. This series is so fantastically sophisticated while indulging in the nostalgia of the era. The clothing, music, speech, ideas, everything from that period of time is so well encapsulated and is used to put you in a time machine of sorts and bring you, not back to your tv screen version of the original trial, but back to the culture of the times, the conversations you had or overheard you parents having, surrounding the controversy. The victims are well represented and not exploited. Marcia Clark is so well portrayed. I remembered her seeming cold, but that is explored in such a relatable way in this series. Super entertaining. Binge worthy. I think if you lived through it, even if you think you're so over the O.J. trial, you'll be sucked in. It's more entertaining than you'd expect, to see all of these landmark names and moments reenacted.
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Aimee AdessoReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Marcia Clark attended the Emmuy
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The OJ Simpson trail of the century back in June 12 1994-October 5 1995. This trail lasted for 11 months and OJ Simpson was the prime suspect in a double murder. Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman were murdered on June 12th 1994 and this TV series goes behind the scenes of what happened during the OJ Simpson trail. Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr, John Travolta, Selma Blair also star in this TV series unfolding of the events that lead up to the trail of the century. The people vs OJ Simpson directed by Ryan Murphy good series from start to finish. Sarah Paulson also was in American Horror Story and she earned an Emmy for this TV series. Marcia Clark was her date to the Emmy's
and Marcia Clark even stated on the Wendy Williams Show that Sarah Paulson did an awesome job playing her.
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Melissa HensleyReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Strong Script and Key Performances, marred by Miscasting of Cuba Gooding, Jr.
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While "The People vs. O.J. Simpson" has some genuine flaws, the overall production manages to overcome these deficits with strong performances and an intriguing focus on the lawyers driving the case.

The first episode opens, appropriately enough, with the videotaped beating of Rodney King by LAPD officers and the fraught aftermath. The point being made about the intensely differing experiences of, and attitudes towards, police in America is lost though due to the weak portrayal of O.J. Simpson by Cuba Gooding, Jr. His miscasting is a central error in the series and the strong focus on him in the first several episodes diminishes their overall quality and impact. The most glaring error here is that Mr. Gooding simply lacks the physical stature and ease, as well as the charming and non-threatening vocal presence that helped Mr. Simpson turn his record breaking football career into national celebrity status, even though he experienced only moderate success in his later endeavors. Mr. Gooding's lack of presence and nuance fails to capture the unique position Mr. Simpson held over several decades of increasing racial tension in the country--he was popular enough with many minorities, as he achieved success in a world full of racial hurdles, while still remaining popular with many whites as he did not challenge them with identity politics. Mr. Gooding's shallow performance, further marred by poor directing and scripting, fails to illustrate a central conundrum of the story--how completely divided the nation became along racial line over the fate of a black man who had otherwise managed to avoid being involved in racial politics throughout his career.

The series finds its footing though as the lawyer's characters and motivations start to emerge. For a well known story with many defined characters, the script still manages to find fresh ground, partly through its deft interplay with the fate we already know awaits each of these individuals. For example, when we first meet Marcia Clark, as she fields a call regarding the murders while feeding her young sons breakfast, it is surprising to find that she doesn't even know who O.J. Simpson is, especially given the role his celebrity will play in the trial and the court of public opinion. Or when we see Johnnie Cochran give fatherly advice to a discouraged Chris Darden, whose cramped little office illustrates not only his personal isolation but also his frustration at making so little impact in his dream field of civil rights, we can only wince because we know later Mr. Cochran will essential cast Mr. Darden as an 'Uncle Tom' for working for the prosecution, a judgement that will haunt Mr. Darden for the rest of his life.

The strength of the intersections of race, class, gender, and experience displayed in the script are only strengthened by key strong performances. Not surprisingly, Sarah Paulson excels at delivering the grit and drive of Marcia Clark as well as the unforgettable fragility of a woman fighting for her place in a man's world. Sterling K. Brown, successfully portrayal Chris Darden as a man frozen with the anger and unease he feels as he is divided between so many opposites, especially his emotional understanding of racial injustice and his reasoned understanding of the evidence against Mr. Simpson. Courtney B. Vance almost outdoes the ebullient Mr. Cochran, as he captures a man who is animated not only by his commitment to racial justice, but also by his thirst for recognition and power. I can't decide what I think of David Schwimmer's wide-eyed performance as Robert Kardashian, but he is effectively used to represent the growing acceptance over the years by many that the amiable Mr. Simpson did in fact murder the mother of his children and an innocent bystander, Ron Goldman.

The series has other insights as well, including the disconnect between Ms. Clark and the jury and her blindness to the racial dimension present in delivering her case, the restrictive conditions the jury worked under, and the infighting of the "dream team," but the end of the series is again marred by a return of focus to Gooding's O.J. The last episode would have had a stronger finish if it had ended with the insights by the main trial characters, such as Shapiro who disavows the race card approach that he initiated, Clark, who reveals her own motivation for seeking justice for the innocent because of her own untried rape, Darden's sharp analysis that the trial is no civil rights victory, or Cochran's insistence that President Clinton's emphasis on trying to come to understand how racial groups in America could understand the trial and its outcome so differently is the real victory. Yet we are returned to the flat O.J. who we watch coming to understand that his big courtroom win is a hollow victory as his life will never be the same. He has not only lost Nicole, his young children, and his friends and social status, he has essentially lost his sense of self, finding no solace in the uncertain man he sees in the mirror or in the man he has memorialized with a statue in his own backyard. Ultimately, the sense of the deep tragedy of this story, starting with the murder of two defenseless people, the destruction of their families, the continuing lack of justice for victims of abuse and violence, and the continuing conflict over policing and racial equality before the law, seem so much bigger than just the loss of comfort for one man, O.J. Simpson. For as big as his celebrity was, and his infamy became, he is to small a man ultimately to capture the complex tragedy of his actions.
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AReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very Worth Watching. Very Well Done.
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When it happened, I thought the OJ Simpson trial was going to be a low point in American justice. Unfortunately for all of us, it signaled the beginning of a far steeper slide. So, I was wrong about that. I was also wrong about Ryan Murphy's ability to capture the nuances and contexts that the legal teams on both sides brought to Simpson's criminal trial. In many ways, this case was presented by archetypes - the prosecutor who deeply gets how underserved women can be by the criminal justice system, the reluctant convert, the civil rights giant, the cross examiner, the rainmaker, the forensic zealot.... Murphy renders them as human beings with strengths and biases and lives.

He also manages somehow to remind us of how lost the victims - including the Simpson children - got in all of the hype and madness. This is some of his best work.

The cast is excellent - even Gooding, who lacks the size of Simpson, but brings all of the volatility and sweetness and contradiction and pathos that made the opinion split along racial divides almost inevitable.

Twenty years later, the mini series also perhaps unintentionally dramatizes how militarized our police responses have become. Or at least our perception of that, now that phone cameras and dash cams and body cams have become common. It's hard to remember being shocked about the Rodney King beating - or a time when there wasn't a crime of the century every other week. The People Vs. OJ Simpson gives us that time in clear context.

Recommend.
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Simon_BolivarReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
I grew up in a nice middle class neighborhood where 99% of my neighbors were ...
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I found it very interesting how different blacks & whites reacted to the O.J. verdict, but I was not that surprised. As a Latino, I grew up in a nice middle class neighborhood where 99% of my neighbors were white. Once I hit Jr high (middle school) 75% of my friends were black and the rest were white. I grew up with blacks constantly talking crap about whites and whites constantly talking crap about blacks. They both felt comfortable saying racist comments around me. I always thought these two hate each other and it will never change.
I followed this case closely and I was convinced O.J. was guilty. I once had to write a report on police corruption and I'm fully aware of how corrupt the police can be and how they abuse their power. In addition, even though there is a very good chance Mark Fuhrman et al, may have planted blood evidence there was still more than enough evidence to convict him. The main problem the way I see it is that many blacks find it very difficult to convict another black person when it's obvious there's a bunch of corrupt racist cops running around.

O.J. may have gotten away with double murder but Karma did finally catch up with him.
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DeganReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
An excellent drama
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I was one of the people who got sick of the O.J. trial being discussed 24/7 when it happened. While I love true crime stories, I was ready to give this a big miss. I tried watching it for three reasons. To see Nathan Lane in a straight dramatic performance, because the show got such good reviews and was praised for accuracy as well as dramatic quality, and because the screenplay is based on a book by Jeffrey Toobin (if you want a great book on the Supreme Court, read Toobin's "The Nine").
So after 3 episodes I am hooked. It is not quite 5 stars in my opinion, but it is very good and I can see why many give it 5 stars. Be warned it is, at least in the first three episodes, a sympathetic portrait of O.J. I don't know if that will change as the series goes on. All of the performances are good and yes Nathan Lane is great as F. Lee Bailey. I've read a few reviews that question John Travolta's acting. I have no idea why. Travolta is in top form as Robert Shapiro. I have no idea what the real Shapiro talks like or how he behaves, so I can't say if Travolta is a close match. But his acting does not seem bizarre or strange to me. The series is well written and tightly directed. And they are not afraid to tackle the issue of race as it affected this case and the public perception of it. For anyone looking for a good drama, American Crime Story delivers.
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