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A Cry in the Dark (1988)
"Evil Angels" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  11 November 1988 (USA)
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A mother, whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in outback Northern Territory, Australia, fights to prove her innocence.

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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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In June 2012 a coroner ruled that a dingo caused the death of Azaria Chamberlain. The coroner stated that "the cause of her death was as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo . . . Dingos can and do cause harm to humans." See more »

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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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Excellent look at 'justice' and the media
25 August 1999 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

Some movies seem to be made before we are ready for them. As I watched this film, made in 1988, in 1999, I thought I was watching the O.J. Simpson debacle (although I have very different opinions about the innocence of the individuals in each situation).

The Australian news media, if this movie is to be believed, devoured the case of a possible infanticide and truth was left as an afterthought. It was scary to see the scenes of invasive, swarming media hordes, ridiculous accounts of half-truths and lies and debates over the supposed merits of the case by persons at all levels of society.

Equally appalling is the media's depiction as indifferent and uncomprehending of the technical information in the case. I do wish more was made of the issue of religious prejudice in the case (the accused are Seven-Day Adventists).

Today these circuses have become common but that makes the lesson only more important.

Streep is excellent as usual, and this is the best I've ever seen Sam Neill. The Aussie accents get a bit thick at times but not incomprehensible.


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