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Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995)

TV Movie  -   -  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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Lael Rubin
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Kee McFarlane
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Virginia McMartin
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Ray Buckey
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Peggy Buckey
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Wayne Satz
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Peggy Ann Buckey
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Christine Johnson
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Dean Gits
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Diana Sullivan
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Ira Reiner
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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 »
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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 »

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In last sequence, walkway on Manhattan Beach pier is alternately wet and dry from shot to shot. See more »

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Peggy Buckey: I'm not bittered. I was raised to not be bitter.
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Peggy Buckey: We lost everything. We don't have anything. Momma, we don't have anything.
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Stunning, Disturbing
4 May 2005 | by (Farmington Hills, MI) – See all my reviews

Tremendously disturbing and well-acted film. What is most troubling is the fact that this episode really occurred. Remarkable portrayal of how easily something like this can get so totally out of control. It is hard to imagine this feeding frenzy among, supposedly, educated and sophisticated people. James Woods is dead-on perfect as an initially slimy, opportunistic attorney, who finds himself slowly horrified by what he finds himself in the middle of. His courtroom questioning of Dr. McFarlane (Lolita Davidovich)is riveting. An impressive, well-done movie, but extremely troubling for what it says about our justice system.


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