His ambitious, exhaustive documentary “OJ: Made In America” culls more than 70 interviews and countless hours of archival footage for the context necessary to fully grasp the 1995 “Trial of the Century” that divided the nation along racial lines. The seven-and-a-half-hour film (which premieres 9 p.m. Saturday on ABC before airing Parts 2-5 on ESPN next week) was two years in the making — long before FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson”reignited fascination in the case.
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The documentary spends its first two parts on events prior to the June 1994 double-murder, tracing Simpson’s rise to fame — as a kid from the San Francisco projects to football star to the guy running through airports in Hertz commercials — and the history of race relations in LA. Its final hour is devoted to his fall from grace after the polarizing verdict.
Along the way, “OJ” unearths shocking footage — including from inside Simpson’s Rockingham estate after the verdict, and of the present-day Simpson at a parole hearing — as well as graphic crime scene photos of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman’s brutalized bodies. The 72 interviews include key players from the prosecution (Gil Garcetti, Marcia Clark, Bill Hodgeman), defense (F. Lee Bailey, Carl Douglas, Barry Scheck), Simpson’s childhood friend Joe Bell, jurors and even former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman.
‘O.J.: Made In America’ tells Simpson saga like never before
By Andrea Morabito
New York Post
June 9, 2016 | 12:33am