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American Tragedy is a 2000 TV movie broadcast on the CBS Television Network from November 12, 2000 to November 15, 2000, that's 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 the bestselling book, American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense, by noted novelist Norman Mailer, who had previously collaborated with Schiller on The Executioner's Song.[1] It is 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]

American Tragedy
Directed byLawrence Schiller
Produced byLawrence Schiller
Lynn Raynor
Written byBook:
Lawrence Schiller
James Willwerth
Norman Mailer
StarringVing Rhames
Ron Silver
Bruno Kirby
Raymond Forchion
Christopher Plummer
Richard Cox DIANA LAMAR who played Marsha Clark
Music byBill Conti
CinematographyBruce Surtees
Edited byKatina Zinner
Peter Zinner
Release date
  • 2000 (2000)
Running time
170 minutes
CountryUnited States


  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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