CBS premiers the mini-series “American Tragedy” Sunday, 11/12/00 and Wednesday 11/15/00 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT. Based on the best seller by Lawrence Schiller, it details the drama generated by the defense team behind the closed doors of the O.J. Simpson trial. In addition to dramatic scenes portrayed by actors, the two-night drama also includes actual news and courtroom coverage from the real case.
“American Tragedy” portrays high-priced, indulgent, win-at-all-costs attorneys bent on saving their client, no matter the truth. The script is perceptive and wonderfully acted by Rhames (Johnnie Cochran), Silver (Bob Shapiro) and Plummer (F. Lee Bailey). This miniseries gives the viewer an insightful look into the makeup of those associated with the defense of O.J. Simpson. The made-for-TV film makes us realize that our country has a ways to go before prejudice is defeated. Not only does it remind us that there are still whites who dislike all blacks, but it also paints a very disturbing view of disharmony as several black characters reveal a hostility and distrust, not just of the judicial process, but of white people in general. Oh, for the day when fear and loathing between races is a distant memory.