Made in America

DVD - 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.
Publisher: [Bristol, Conn.] :, ESPN Films,, 2016
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 SIM OJM
Characteristics: 3 dvds (463 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm + 2 Blu-ray discs
Additional Contributors: Edelman, Ezra


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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.

AL_KATI 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.

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.

Jun 24, 2017

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

May 15, 2017

highly recommended, film was well done.

cals_joe Mar 15, 2017

By far, the best documentary ESPN Films has ever made.

Feb 13, 2017

Having never followed the trial in the 90s, this documentary shook me in a way I didn't expect. Of course I had heard of the Fuhrman tapes and Johnnie Cochran's trial catchphrase, but this doc delves (for nearly 8 hours) into the racial tension of the 90s and specifically the corruption of the LAPD. Although the conclusion drawn from the documentary is that O.J. did, in fact, kill Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman (the DNA evidence is overwhelming), the movie gives more understanding as to how that not guilty verdict happened.

Jan 21, 2017

Amazing documentary chronicling his whole life. It is very fascinating. when they get to the killing they do show unreleased crime scene photos. Nicoles neck was literally split side to side like a pig getting slaughtered. it showed HD photos of this open wound. I Highly Recommend.

Jan 15, 2017

Gripping documentary. I was caught off guard with the relationship between OJ's rise and the sub sequential fall of black America. The jury's reasoning for his (Nicole/Ronald) acquittal, then their response after his Nevada conviction. American Justice indeed. Too many twists and turns to discuss. OJ was doing so well. What happened? Psycopath? Narcissist? Mike Tyson, in his excellent book, never could leave the hood. OJ tried and was unsuccessful. Discuss. Ten out Ten rating.

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