American Tragedy (film)

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American Tragedy
Directed by Lawrence Schiller
Produced by Lawrence Schiller
Lynn Raynor
Written by Book:
Lawrence Schiller
James Willwerth
Norman Mailer
Starring Ving Rhames
Ron Silver
Bruno Kirby
Raymond Forchion
Christopher Plummer
Richard Cox
Music by Bill Conti
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Edited by Katina Zinner
Peter Zinner
Running time
170 min

American Tragedy is a 2000 television miniseries broadcast on CBS that was based on the true story of the trial of O.J. Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman in 1994. Ving Rhames starred as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran. The film was directed by Lawrence Schiller, and the screenplay was adapted from his bestselling book, American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense, by noted novelist Norman Mailer, who had previously collaborate with Schiller on The Executioner's Song.[1] Mailer publicly criticized CBS for its promotion of the miniseries, which used ads that focused on the fact that Simpson tried unsuccessfully to have the courts block the broadcast of the film.[2] The film won a Satellite Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.[3]


  1. ^ Tucker, Ken. "TV Review: American Tragedy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Jason Gay, Jason Gay (November 27, 2000). "Norman Mailer to CBS: You Blew It!". New York Observer. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "American Tragedy (2000 TV Movie) Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 

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