I can’t believe it’s been over 20+ years since Nicole Brown Simpson, former wife of football great O.J. Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. I still remember the infamous car chase being plastered all over the news. I also remember how this case was a major discussion at water coolers and among friends. Did he do it? Did O.J. Simpson brutally murder Nicole and Ron? Will the jury find him guilty – or innocent.
Personally, I always thought he was guilty. He literally got away with murder. I just felt like all the evidence pointed to him.
This is a case that will always be talked about. No one really knows what happened that faithful night of June 12, 1994. The only people who know the true identity of the killer are Nicole and Rob. Neither of them are able to speak up and tell the rest of the world.
I found it interesting that there was plans to do a series based on the events of that night. The series was entitled American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.
The series had a very impressive celebrity cast including Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, Sarah Paulson and David Schwimmer.
The series focused on the events of that day up to O.J.’s time in court. It gave viewers a different perspective than what we saw on television or read in the newspapers.
With a phenomenal cast, The People vs. O.J. Simpson is a critically acclaimed account of the explosive and utterly captivating O.J. Simpson murder trial. 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.
Based on the best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, this must-see TV event shows you the trial that riveted the world as you’ve never seen it before.
Nominated for 22 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Limited Series, this groundbreaking television event is Executive Produced by Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, D.V. DeVincentis and Brad Falchuk.
I did catch a few episodes when it aired on television but I missed most of them. Thankfully the series is now available for home viewing. The entire series is available on Blu-ray and DVD.
I was sent the series to review. I’m glad I had the opportunity to catch up on the episodes that I missed when it was airing on television.
I think they did a fantastic job casting this series, with the exception of Cuba Gooding Jr. Don’t get me wrong – he did a magnificent job, it’s just that I see Cuba Gooding Jr. in more comedic roles. I had a hard time seeing him as O.J. Simpson. I kept wanting to watch Snow Dogs or Radio every time I saw him. I had a hard time seeing him (Cuba) as a killer.
David Schwimmer was the perfect choice to play Robert Kardashian. WOW! The resemblance was uncanny!
John Travolta was also a great choice for Robert Shapiro, but it was difficult to see how “hard” and “harsh” looking Travolta was for this role. He’s certainly a far cry from Danny Zucco (Grease) or Tony Manero (Saturday Night Live).
It’s truly a phenomenal cast. It made if feel like you were right there with them as things were unfolding in the case back in 94′ – 95′.
Watching this series I learned a lot more about the case than I remember reading about or hearing on the nightly news. Even with the new facts in the case, I still believe that O.J. Simpson was responsible for the deaths of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman. If only there were security cameras there to capture what really happened and to put this case to rest once and for all.
There are some bonus features;
- Past Imperfect: The Trial of the Century
- Facts of the Case: An Interactive Timeline – I do recommend this one if you have a chance to watch it. It’s very interesting.
Look for American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson where ever movies are sold.
Did you watch the series? If so, what did you think about it? I’d love to hear other’s perspective on the series. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.
*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.