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Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995)

Based on a real-life court case, the film finds members of the McMartin family on trial for alleged sexual molestation and abuse of children at their well-regarded preschool. ... 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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Based on a real-life court case, the film finds members of the McMartin family on trial for alleged sexual molestation and abuse of children at their well-regarded preschool. Publicity-seeking attorney Danny Davis initially defends the McMartins for selfish reasons, but he slowly begins to believe that they are innocent. Davis has his work cut out for him, however, since the media have demonized the family, and prosecuting lawyer Lael Rubin is a tough opponent. Written by Jwelch5742

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




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20 May 1995 (USA)  »

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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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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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Relentless, terrifying tale of legal power and emotion gone amuck.
18 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a frightening revelation, a case history of the public immolation of an innocent Los Angeles family that is suddenly overwhelmed by mindless evil. Early on, we are schooled to believe in the innate ideals of American justice. Yet the McMartin family, which operated a small child-care facility not unlike those we've ourselves seen in our own neighborhoods, one day becomes caught up in the gears of a monstrous machine powered by unreasoning vengeance. One can only imagine the McMartins' horror as their world instantly turns into a helpless, waking nightmare of slander and violence. Almost totally friendless as they become engulfed by the evil that has found them, they face national hatred and vilification, prison, and personal ruin. "Indictment" has become a classic textbook study of the McMartins' ghastly descent into the dark side of American jurisprudence and media hysterics. As such, it transcends entertainment, and stands as a warning.

This was written on January 18, 2000. It was on this day ten years ago that Raymond Buckey and his mother Peggy McMartin Buckey were finally cleared of the 52 criminal charges of which they had been accused since 1984.

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