O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes (2015)


“I remember deliberately deciding that I would almost question him randomly in a sort of haphazard manner so that he could not keep linear track of everything in his mind as he had memorized it.” – Daniel Petrocelli

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary that explores the civil trail against O.J. Simpson that tried to prove that even if he wasn’t convicted of the murder itself, he could be held responsible for the murders taking place.

My Take on it –This is a film that I came across by accident and being a fan of conspiracy theory and unsolved crimes, I was easily drawn into this story.

Having watched O.J: Made in America (2016) a few years back and having been a fan of the trial for decades, I knew quite a lot about this story, but they were able to add so much more to the vast knowledge that is already out there about this unsolved crime.

The way that this film shows a very different kind of cause and effects of the criminal trial yet tries to keep a much lower profile in order to properly tackle the civil one is so intriguing to watch take place.

They explain thoroughly the vast differences in rules and procedures in a civil case and make sure that the viewer understands how it is possible to reach different verdicts in these two similar yet different court cases.

Love the fact that this film is able to show us the actual deposition tapes of the trial because we get to finally see O.J. Simpson acting in a way that showed how uncomfortable he was in this situation.

They explain how the questions used in the depositions were set up in a way to try and get real answers to so many unanswered ones from the case.

They knew that they would hear lies and chose to use that to their advantage.

They must have spent hour upon hours preparing for these depositions and it shows.

This film utilizes some great interviews that help build an even stronger case that something huge was potentially missed during the criminal case  which can help explain the different verdicts in the two trials.

Bottom Line – Fascinating film that shows a very different and lower profile look at the cause and effects of the famous unsolved murder case. The film explores the differences between the different types of trails and how its possible to get very different verdicts based on the rules and procedures of the court.  The way that they are able to show the deposition tapes on screen is superb because it allows the viewer to get a clear idea of how the hours and hours of depositions were arranged in a way that they could try and get some real answers from the probable lies that they knew they would hear. The amount of interviews that this film utilizes helps build a strong case that makes it even more baffling that the criminal and civil cases ended up coming to different conclusions. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On October 3, 1995, the “trial of the century” culminated with O.J. Simpson’s acquittal on the charges of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Two decades later, shocking recordings and interviews, some of which have never been heard until now, are revealed in the new A&E and LMN documentaries. Lawrence Schiller, filmmaker, author and close confidant to Robert Kardashian, shares his unique access into the case and trials against Simpson. (From A&E)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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