American Tragedy (film)

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American Tragedy
Directed byLawrence Schiller
Produced by
  • Lawrence Schiller
  • Lynn Raynor
Written byNorman Mailer
Based onAmerican Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense
by Lawrence Schiller and James Willwerth
Music byBill Conti
CinematographyBruce Surtees
Edited by
Release date
  • 2000 (2000)
Running time
170 minutes
CountryUnited States

American Tragedy is a 2000 television film broadcast on CBS from November 12, 2000 to November 15, 2000, that is based on the O. J. Simpson murder case for the 1994 murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Ving Rhames starred as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran. It was directed by Lawrence Schiller, and the screenplay was adapted from Schiller's book, American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense, by novelist Norman Mailer, who had previously collaborated with Schiller on The Executioner's Song.[1] It was produced by Fox Television Studios. 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 its broadcast.[2] It won a Satellite Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.[3]



  1. ^ Tucker, Ken (November 10, 2000). "TV Review: American Tragedy". Entertainment Weekly.
  2. ^ Gay, Jason (November 27, 2000). "Norman Mailer to CBS: You Blew It!". The New York Observer.
  3. ^ "American Tragedy (2000 TV Movie) — Awards". Internet Movie Database.

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