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Documents on how the events on the day OJ Simpson was pursued and arrested on charges of murdering his ex wife and her boyfriend overshadowed and took precedence over other sporting events ... See full summary »

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Brett Morgen

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Ryan M. Lee
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Episode credited cast:
Marv Albert ... Himself (voice)
Rex Beaber Rex Beaber ... Himself (voice)
Chris Berman ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Brokaw ... Himself (archive footage)
Nicole Brown Simpson Nicole Brown Simpson ... Herself (archive footage)
Frank Buckley Frank Buckley ... Himself (voice)
Chip Carey Chip Carey ... Himself (voice)
Stan Chambers ... Himself (archive footage)
Connie Chung ... Herself (archive footage)
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Perry Como ... Himself (archive footage)
David Cone David Cone ... Himself (archive footage)
Howard Cosell ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Costas ... Himself (archive footage)
A.C. Cowlings A.C. Cowlings ... Himself (voice)
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Documents on how the events on the day OJ Simpson was pursued and arrested on charges of murdering his ex wife and her boyfriend overshadowed and took precedence over other sporting events from around the country by the media. No additional footage or voiceover was shot and the entire documentary is encapsulated in sound bites from various feeds on the day. Written by glenchapman@ruraltel.net and assmn316

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16 June 2010 (USA) See more »

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ESPN Films See more »
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Trivia

The U.S. Open ended on June 20, 1994 with 24-year-old Ernie Els winning a three-way playoff for the championship. See more »

Goofs

When a news anchor states that the district attorney's office has filed murders on OJ Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Coleman, his name was Ronald Goldman, not Coleman. See more »

Quotes

O.J. Simpson: Boy, it's great to be on vacation.
Arnold Palmer: Yeah and we never go on vacation without Hertz.
O.J. Simpson: I wouldn't risk my vacation with an unreliable rental car company.
Arnold Palmer: At Hertz, affordable weekly rates save me money.
O.J. Simpson: But people say, Hertz is more reliable.
Arnold Palmer: But now, Hertz costs less money.
O.J. Simpson: Arnie, more reliable.
Arnold Palmer: Less money.
O.J. Simpson: Arnold, more reliable.
Arnold Palmer: Less money.
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Alternate Versions

In the syndicated version, the Talking Heads song 'Heaven' is omitted See more »

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Features 1994 FIFA World Cup USA (1994) See more »

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You Can't Hurry Love
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Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland
Performed by The Supremes
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Juxtaposition 101
6 March 2011 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

I don't know if Brett Morgen's made-for-TV (would it be any other way?) documentary on June 17th, 1994, is subtle, but how could it be? It's was a Big, BIG day, for sports and for sport figures who become murder suspects. It was a day when the Rangers, having one the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1940, had their parade in NYC; Arnold Palmer, one of the most respected figures in golf history, had his final day as a regular-pro-tournament golfer (albeit not a great day of golf); the Knicks, following close on the heels of the Rangers, were playing at the Garden for Game 5, a deciding game, for the Championship; the World Cup had just started that very day; Ken Griffey Jr matched up to Babe Ruth for a Homerun record. Big news, big emotions, big everything, with commentators like Keith Olbermann(!) and Bob Costas and Marv Albert giving a point-by-point scoop.

And then came O.J., with his arrest warrant and his Bronco being driven by Al Cowling, and assisting whether he knew it or not in the birth of a kind of perverse media-obsessed culture that watches Court TV, Reality TV, whatever-TV that has celebrities in bad (bleep). What I took away from it, from Morgen and his masterful editor, is that the sports figures throughout this day are deified by the media, and indeed at one time O.J. made commercials with Arnold Palmer. They're just people, but they become more in the public consciousness, brought to you by TV. If Marshall MacLughan were alive Morgen's work would be the kind to make him weep in between being thought provoked.

It's a tale of media and sports, and of a kind of circus that overtook the media in-between changing channels (which, cleverly, is used at one point as an editing trick based upon certain news stations in LA getting cross-interference from all of the helicopters in pursuit). For those who were alive then and remember the day (I was a youth but knew very well about the Rangers win and was reminded that guy in the Naked Gun movies wasn't all he seemed), it's a shot from the past, like the best Youtube video you've never seen, without a talking head from today but feeling present as ever. And for those seeing this blast from the immediate past for the first time, I imagine it would be sobering: not only have we not changed much, we've probably gotten more obsessed with Celebrity culture over actual achievements in Sports.


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