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A Cry in the Dark (1988)

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A mother whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in the Australian outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dale Reeves ...
Aidan, 6 years
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Aidan, 8 years
Jason Reason ...
Aidan, 11 years
Michael Wetter ...
Reagan, 4 years
Kane Barton ...
Reagan, 6 years
Trent Roberts ...
Reagan, 9 years
Lauren Shepherd ...
Azaria
Bethany Ann Prickett ...
Azaria
Alison O'Connell ...
Azaria
Aliza Dason ...
Azaria
Jane Coker ...
Kahlia, new born
Rae-Leigh Henson ...
Kahlia, 18 months
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Storyline

Based on the true story of Lindy Chamberlain. During a camping trip to Ayers Rock in outback Australia, she claimed that she witnessed a dingo stealing her baby daughter, Azaria, from the family tent. Azaria's body was never found. Police noted some apparent inconsistencies in her story, and she was charged with murder. The case attracted a lot of attention, turning an investigation into a media circus, with the public divided in their opinions. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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A family torn apart. A public filled with outrage. A woman accused of murder.

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11 November 1988 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,908,797
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(June 2008) Ranked #9 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Courtroom Drama". See more »

Goofs

In the end credits, the movie's copyright year is 1988. In Roman numerals, it would be MCMLXXXVIII. Instead, the year is MCMLXXXIII, 1983. See more »

Quotes

Lindy Chamberlain: I'm told, "Don't talk like you normally talk. Watch how you hold your mouth. You look too sour and crabby. Don't get angry. Don't ask too many questions, or they think you're trying to be smart. And never, never, never laugh or you're an uncaring bitch." Well, I can't cry to order, and I won't be squashed into some dumb act for the public... or for you.
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A Very Emotional Story
10 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is an extremely-powerful based-on-a-true story film that can be infuriating to watch. I say that because how brutal a hounding press can be to people, in this case an innocent Australian couple charged with killing their baby.

Meryl Streep received a lot of recognition for her performance when this film came out but I thought Sam Neill was just as good. Let's just say they both were excellent but the role was little harder for Streep because she had to learn an Australian accent. (She learned it so well I had trouble understanding her in parts.)

Without giving anything away, all I can say is this movie will wear you out emotionally.


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