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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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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,908,797 (USA)
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Trivia

"The dingo ate my baby!" is never actually said in the film. 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: Crikey, how's yer kidneys?
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Lucinda Williams (1999) See more »

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apparently, you can't be a Seventh Day Adventist in a media-centric society
22 June 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

When I first saw "A Cry in the Dark", I had no idea what the plot was. But when I saw it, I was shocked at what it portrayed. When I saw it a second time in an Australian Cinema class, I realized a second point: communication issues. You see, when a dingo snatched Lindy Chamberlain's (Meryl Streep) baby, she and her husband Michael (Sam Neill) were grief-stricken but didn't show it. As Seventh Day Adventists, they believed that God willed this to happen, and so they couldn't mourn it. But when people all over Australia saw their lack of sadness, everyone started believing that Lindy did it herself.

The point is, the wrong message got communicated to the public, and it turned people against Lindy. Even though this was a pure accident, it still happened. It may be one of the biggest disasters resulting from the existence of mass media, regardless of any media outlet's political views.

As for the performances, Streep does a very good job with an Australian accent (no surprise there), and Sam Neill is equally great. You will probably get blown away just by what you see here. Definitely one of Fred Schepisi's best movies ever.


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