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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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11 November 1988 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,908,797 (USA)
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In June 2012 a coroner ruled that a dingo caused the death of Azaria Chamberlain. "The cause of her death was as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo," Elizabeth Morris, coroner for Northern Territory, announced to Darwin Magistrates court early Tuesday. "Dingos can and do cause harm to humans." See more »

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Michael Chamberlain: I don't think a lot of people realise how important innocence is to innocent people.
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A Very Emotional Story
10 May 2006 | by (United States) – 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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