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American Tragedy (2000)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 12 November 2000
Johnnie Cochran defends O.J. Simpson who is on trial for his wife's murder.

Director:

Lawrence Schiller

Writers:

Lawrence Schiller (book), James Willwerth (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ving Rhames ... Johnnie Cochran
Ron Silver ... Robert Shapiro
Bruno Kirby ... Barry Scheck
Darryl Alan Reed ... Carl Douglas
Nicholas Pryor ... Gerry Uelman
Robert LuPone ... Robert Kardashian
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Christopher Darden
Diana LaMar Diana LaMar ... Marcia Clark
Sandra Prosper ... Shawn Chapman
Clyde Kusatsu ... Judge Lance Ito
Christopher Plummer ... F. Lee Bailey
Richard Cox ... Alan Dershowitz
Sandra Thigpen ... Jeanette Harris
Cordelia Richards Cordelia Richards ... Jo-Ellan Dimitrius
Francis Guinan ... Bill Hodgman
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Based on the book of the real-life O.J. Simpson criminal trial based on Simpson's lawyers point of view of the long trial. In June 1994, former pro football player-turned-entertainer O.J. Simpson is charged with the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and a friend, named Ron Goldman. When Simpson doubts his lawyer Robert Shapiro's ability to try the case because of Shapiro's doubts of Simpson's innocence, Simpson hires civil rights lawyer Johnny Cochran along with an assortment of lawyers including vetran criminal lawyer F. Lee Bailey, DNA lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and lawyer Gerry Uelman to defend him in which each lawyer argues with the court, and each other, over the case and their ability to try the high-profile case in and out of the courtroom. Written by Anonymous

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lawyer | trial | courtroom | race | argument | See All (7) »

Taglines:

You know how it ends...but you can't believe what happened behind the scenes. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some violent images | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerykanska tragedia See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ron Silver - who plays Robert Shapiro in this project - previously played another member of O.J.'s defense team. Silver played Alan Dershowitz in Reversal of Fortune (1990), a movie that doesn't involve O.J. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a 100 min TV Movie version. The first 20 minutes of this version is a collection of very short scenes cut from the longer first half of the movie. See more »

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Version of The O.J. Simpson Story (1995) See more »

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An in-depth look at "The American Dream Team". Plus a compelling performance by Ving Rhames "If It Doesn't Fit You Must Acquit". "Only In America".
15 November 2000 | by Brian-272See all my reviews

Sure I know the characters in this docudrama seem like cardboard cutoff, but you have to admit anything that pertains to "The Simpson Trial" must be respected and looked upon as a national icon. Plus a film with Ving Rhames is a must see. Rhames has had past success playing many other heavies besides Johnnie Cochran, remember the Golden Globe he won in 1998 for his performance as legendary boxing promoter Don King in the HBO original movie Don King: Only in America. Ving Rhames said it best about Don King and Johnnie Cochran "They try to say something". And believe me people like myself listen because King and Cochran stand for what they believe in and speak a free mind on issues of importance. "American Tragedy" does a great job showing the feud of the defense team members mostly between Shapiro and Cochran and with F. Lee Bailey helping to replace Shapiro as lead counsel. It showed in perfect detail how the defense team played the race card and cast doubt on the truthfulness of the blood evidence. This movie even showed what a great coach O.J. Simpson was by giving his lawyers advice on strategy! Then after the acquittal you see the rocky relationships of "The Dream Team" end. You will love the performance of Ving Rhames as Cochran and Plummer does a nice job as F. Lee Bailey while Silver and Bruno Kirby are only halfway acceptable as Shapiro and Scheck. "American Tragedy" is a fascinating look at a trial that will always remain fresh in our minds. Remember everyone will enjoy a media obsession.


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