Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  20 May 1995 (USA)
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The McMartin family's lives are turned upside down when they are accused of serious child molestation. The family run a school for infants. An unqualified child cruilty "expert" videotapes ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lael Rubin
Kee McFarlane
Virginia McMartin
Ray Buckey
Peggy Buckey
Wayne Satz
Peggy Ann Buckey
Christine Johnson
Glenn Stevens
Scott Waara ...
Dean Gits
Diana Sullivan
Ira Reiner
Judy Johnson
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The McMartin family's lives are turned upside down when they are accused of serious child molestation. The family run a school for infants. An unqualified child cruilty "expert" videotapes the children describing outrageous stories of abuse. One of the most expensive and long running trails in US legal history, exposes the lack of evidence and unprofessional attitudes of the finger pointers which kept one of the accused in jail for over 5 years without bail. Written by Rob Hartill

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Rated R for graphic language and disturbing visuals related to a trial | See all certifications »




Release Date:

20 May 1995 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The real-life Peggy McMartin Buckey, imprisoned for two years while awaiting the outcome of the most protracted U.S. criminal molestation case targeting her family's preschool, died December 15, 2000. She, her mother Virginia McMartin and her son Ray Buckey were charged, with four others, with 100 counts of child molestation in 1983. The case lasted seven years and cost Los Angeles County $13 million. Peggy was acquitted in 1990 after a three-year trial; Ray, incarcerated for five years, was acquitted of 40 counts. Critics said the case pinpointed the danger of basing criminal charges solely on the testimony of young children. See more »


When the lawyer meets with Ray Buckey for the first time in jail, the door is heard slamming shut before the door actually closes. See more »


Danny Davis: Are you kidding me with those glasses? You look like a child molester. Get rid off them or it's gonna be a short trial.
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Featured in The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

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Really good
1 May 2000 | by (Ardmore, PA) – See all my reviews

Indictment really catches the mind and makes you think. How one day, everything is normal and fine, but then it is instantly turned upside down. Of course for the McMartin family, there world is turned upside down in the most horrifying way: they, who ran a child-care facility, are accused of child molestation. With exception of Danny Davis (brilliantly played by James Woods) and the defense, the McMartin family is friendless and the issue of wheter they did it or not is lost on the public. They make the assumption they did it and treat them like dirt. It's like a modern Salem witch hunt. People like to be optimistic and think something like this will never happen in the US and people accused of a crime will never be treated this way, but this movie really proves the notion of 'Innocent until proven guilty' can be lost on people when the crime is big enough. See this movie.

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