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A Cry in the Dark (1988)

Evil Angels (original title)
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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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,908,797 (USA)
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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 »

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Lindy Chamberlain: Look, Mr. Barker. I wasn't there. I can only go on the evidence of my own eyes. We're talking about my baby daughter... not some object!
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Referenced in ALF: Baby, Come Back (1989) See more »

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Good movie overall, but the acting is outstanding.
13 February 2003 | by (Bloomington, IN) – See all my reviews

Meryl Streep was incredible in this film. She has an amazing knack for accents, and she shows incredible skill in this film overall. I really felt for her when Lindy was being persecuted. She was played realistically, too. She got cranky, upset, and unpleasant as the media and the government continued their unrelenting witchhunt. I didn't expect much from the film initially, but I really got interested in it, and the movie is based on a real person and real events. It turned out to be better than I had anticipated. Sam Neill was also outstanding; this is the best work I've seen from him, and I've really liked him in other movies (The Piano, for example). I gave the film a 7, but if I could rate just the acting, I'd give the it a 9.5, and a perfect 10 for Streep.


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