American Crime Story

American Crime Story

The People V. O.J. Simpson

DVD - 2016
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Told from the perspective of the lawyers, it explores the chaotic dealings behind closed doors and how prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness and shocking courtroom twists led to one of the most earth-shattering verdicts of all time. It is based on the best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2016

***Beware of N words throughout***
What have you got?
-We've got two victims in Brentwood on Bundy Drive. It's pretty brutal.
Brentwood? Nobody gets killed in Brentwood.
-Well, one of the victims is the ex-wife of O.J. Simpson.
Who?
-Marcia, O.J. Simpson. You know, the football player.
Yeah, I have no idea who you're talking about.
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See, now Jim Brown cared about black people. He was an activist. He spoke up. Once O.J. made his money, he split and never came back. He became white.
-Aah. Well, you got the cops chasing him. He's black now!
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We are Kardashians. And in this family, being a good person and a loyal friend is more important than... than being famous. Fame is fleeting. It's hollow. It means nothing at all without a virtuous heart.
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There's only one way to shut up Dershowitz. Hire him.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2016

When we face the prelim judge, we want to come out swinging. We concede to nothing. If Marcia Clark wants to go to the bathroom, we object. If they say the sky is blue, hearsay. Nothing will be admitted without challenge and provocation.
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I'm not going to contest the DNA matches. I'm going to keep them out of court entirely. If it can be shown that there may have been errors in the collection or the handling of the samples used for the prosecution's DNA analysis, we can contest the validity of the evidence itself. At best, we get some of it thrown out, and at worst, we get the jury to question it, the very idea. We will attack every assumption, question every single molecule of evidence, every aspect of how that molecule was gathered, handled and analyzed. We will disrupt their presentation of physical evidence at every turn. We will hack at them. Make every piece of evidence presented either thrown out, untrustworthy or confusing.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2016

Here's what I see as O.J.'s biggest problem.
-That he did it?
Okay. Here's what I see as O.J.'s second biggest problem... that pileup of egos called "The Dream Team." It's a dozen alpha dogs in a cage match. They are gonna tear each other up and implode.
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I have no doubt you're gonna put him behind bars, but nobody in America is gonna vote to execute O.J. Simpson. Marcia, we can't even execute Charlie Manson.
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Brother, I ain't trying to be respectful. I'm trying to win.
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The reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Said it best: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." And so, here... we embark upon a search for justice. A search for truth. None of us were there on June 12, 1994. We must rely upon the witnesses to get a full picture.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2016

I want you to know I never left anybody behind, Johnnie. I did what I had the right to do. I manifested myself out of a messed up situation. And don't think there weren't people back from where I came from hanging onto the back of my shirts the whole time with their hand out, trying to get me to drag them up, too. But it don't work like that. You got to get it on your own. Nobody can do it for you. And I ain't never apologizing for buying a beautiful house in a beautiful neighborhood. A neighborhood where you don't have people coming over the wall, trying to get at me, take what I earned.
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The blood trail at the Rockingham property matches the defendant. The blood found on the glove recovered at Rockingham matches the defendant. The blood drops at the Bundy murder scene match the defendant. And the blood found in the Bronco matches a mixture of the defendant, Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2016

I just wanted to impress upon everyone... And-and I'm sure Bob would agree... That the most important thing is the story. Now, Marcia's got the ball and she's telling a story, but instead of responding to her story, or refuting the story, we need to be telling a more credible one. We need to gather the jury around a fire and tell a better story. We need to make them believe.
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Aris Isotoner, model number 70263. In the United States, the only place that sold them was Bloomingdale's in New York. Of all the 70263's, only 300 pairs were extra large. Bloomingdale's sold 200 of those. On December 18, 1990, Nicole walked into that store and bought two pairs of our gloves!
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So you took this evidence home to Simi Valley? Simi Valley. The home of the officers involved in the Rodney King beating.
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Uh, it's a look, that's for sure.
-This is not a look; this is a cry for help.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2016

Mr. Cochran, take a good look where you're standing. We're in the South. Haven't you noticed the smell of mint julep and condescension in the air? Right behind you, there's a statue of a Confederate soldier holding a rifle. With all due respect, I don't know if you play as well in Dixie.
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Would you agree, sir, that a blanket taken from inside her residence placed by law enforcement over her dead body could be thought of as a contamination of that scene?
-It's, uh... possible.
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Here's the crime scene, Bundy. Here's O.J.'s house. Okay. Furhman made up his mind at Bundy that Simpson did it. Even though he had no idea if O.J. had an iron-clad alibi that would then ruin Furhman's career and land him in jail. Fuhrman takes the glove at Bundy, makes sure it has Goldman and Nicole's DNA on it, jumps in the car ...

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2016

These tapes have become a matter of national concern. Many entities have asked that they become public. So what I'm going to suggest... is that the defense play its presentation to the court in its entirety.
-"National concern"? This is a double homicide, Your Honor, not Iran-Contra!
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I hate this woman, you know the type... dyed blonde, one-inch roots, slumped shoulders, a pouch big enough to hide cats in. She's the only marsupial on the police force.
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See, if you did it like they teach you in the Academy, you'd never get a fxcking thing done. If the suspect doesn't talk, you give him a shot in the stomach with your stick, and you say, "Listen, boy, I'm talking to you." Or you just grab 'em by the
hair and you keep punching 'em until they go down. See, people don't want niggers in their town. People don't want Mexicans. They don't want anybody but good people, and any way you can do to get them out, that's fine. We have no niggers where I grew up.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2016

He either deserves it or he doesn't. Falsifying a report? Whatever. That's putting a criminal in jail. That's being a policeman. Does that police station have the smell of niggers? They've been beaten and killed in there for 30 years.
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-What about the other 13 hours?!
Uh, "The-The-Their value "is overwhelmingly outweighed by the danger of undue prejudice." "Prejudice"... that's a hell of a word to use.
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Bob, you're blind. He's knocked out the manufacturing of evidence. That's what gets us to the planted glove.
-Now, look, I appreciate your passion. But we've been hired to defend a client, not to burn down a city. Now, I'm sorry that you're disappointed, and I understand...
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It lends credence to all those who say the criminal justice system is corrupt. Now, Judge Ito is misleading this jury. Now, all the world knows who Mark Fuhrman really is, except our jury. Our jury will be left in the dark.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2016

Vegas oddsmakers are offering six-to-five in favor of conviction.
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Detective Fuhrman, is it your intention to assert your Fifth Amendment privilege with respect to all questions I may ask?
-Yes.
... may I ask just one last question? … Detective Fuhrman... did you plant or manufacture any evidence in this case?
-I assert my Fifth Amendment privilege.
No further questions, Your Honor.
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I feel like I failed. All those hours of tape and the jury will only hear 12 words. --But the world... they heard the whole truth. The hell with O.J. Simpson. He is an imperfect vessel, but you... you... got your message out there. I'm proud of you, Johnnie.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2016

I can't risk getting an all-white jury. I don't want to hear the words "Rodney King" or "Simi Valley" ever again.
-I don't know. Doesn't Simpson deserve a jury of his peers? You know, rich, middle-aged white men?
Marcia...
-I'm kidding. It's the truth, but I'm kidding.
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And they want to tell you that the police conspired against Mr. Simpson. This case is not about the "N" word. It is about O.J. Simpson and the "M" word, "murder." I'm not afraid to point to him and say he did it. Why not? The evidence all points to him.
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He's a murderer. He was also one hell of a great football player. But he's still a murderer.
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If you don't stop this cover-up, who will? Send them a message. Let them know that your verdict will travel far outside these walls. Ladies and gentlemen, remember these words: if it doesn't fit, you must acquit. If it doesn't fit, you must acquit. If it doesn't fit... you must acquit.

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chrisbee55
May 22, 2017

I so enjoyed this series that I am telling all of my friends to watch it. It was that good - and we all remember seeing the White Bronco chase on TV. The actors that played the key characters looked so much like the real individuals that it was uncanny. Great performances by all - a must see! It was such a shame to be reminded that the murder of 2 beautiful people became over shadowed by the defense taking the route of blaming a corrupt LAPD force and it became a race issue instead of a murder trial. So sad - but OJ got his just deserts as he sits in jail now for a robbery.

patcumming Mar 13, 2017

A fabulous recreation of the OJ Simpson trial. Provides great backstory and sheds light on his surprising acquittal.

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richmole
Feb 03, 2017

Great series. The cast is excellent, but the presentation angles (defense lawyers AND the prosecution) makes it stellar entertainment.

Absolutely fascinating.

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mckeett
Jan 27, 2017

Pretty good drama with good acting. Travolta was excellent. Quite a bit longer than it needed to be ( four DVDs), but I guess it was made for TV. Worth watching if you have the time.

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TBrien
Dec 01, 2016

There's a reason the show won nine Emmys and was nominated for more than 20: it is terrific.
Packed with great performances, compelling insights, memorable imagery and incisive writing.

KHCPL_AVLibrarian Oct 26, 2016

Excellent retelling of the "trial of the Century". Even though I knew how it was going to end, I couldn't wait to see the next episode.

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graybear1
Oct 22, 2016

Very well done and enlightening. Much more was going on than what was commonly known. A few loose ends missing, but viewers will get a good understanding of the underlying issues that were going on at the time.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2016

Any of you remember the 90's? Thought you knew all about The Trial Of The Century? Regardless, this is one gripping docudrama that began when a pedestrian noticed an Akita dog with bloody paws outside Nichole Simpson's condominium in Brentwood on June 12, 1994 to "The People V. O.J. Simpson" trial verdict on October 3, 1995. There were a few missing points as Henry Lee's blood splatter interpretation for the defense and the never found murder weapon. The interactive timeline in Disc 4's bonus track was well worth a visit. Also, there are tons of material in the web and a good site is the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law's "The Trial of O.J. Simpson homepage" with trial transcript excerpts (don't miss the entire actual closing arguments by Clark, Darden and Cochran,) timelines, maps and more (See link in "Summary".) 8.7/10 Rottentomatoes, 90/100 Metacritic, 8.5/10 IMDb; 2016 Emmy Winners, for Limited Series, Lead Actor, Lead Actress and Supporting Actor among others.

DBRL_DanaS Sep 24, 2016

An excellent dramatization of the "trial of the century". Between the superb acting, stellar writing, and meticulous directing, it is no surprise that this series won 9 Primetime Emmys including Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark and Courtney B. Vance as the late Johnnie Cochran.

DBRL_JulieC Aug 22, 2016

I was hooked from the first episode! From the writing to the excellent cast, this show was phenomenal. It brings you into Simpson's trial and into the lives of the people involved which gives the famous case something new to consider. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in O.J.'s trial or anyone who loves a good courtroom drama.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2016

From the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law's "The Trial of O.J. Simpson homepage" with trial transcript excerpts (don't miss the entire actual closing arguments by Clark, Darden and Cochran,) timelines, maps and more.

Famous American Trials, The O. J. Simpson Trial. 1995 Home Page: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/Simpson/simpson.htm

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