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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.

Director:

Fred Schepisi

Writers:

John Bryson (novel), Robert Caswell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Lindy
Sam Neill ... Michael
Dale Reeves Dale Reeves ... Aidan, 6 years
David Hoflin ... Aidan, 8 years
Jason Reason Jason Reason ... Aidan, 11 years
Michael Wetter Michael Wetter ... Reagan, 4 years
Kane Barton Kane Barton ... Reagan, 6 years
Trent Roberts Trent Roberts ... Reagan, 9 years
Lauren Shepherd Lauren Shepherd ... Azaria
Bethany Ann Prickett Bethany Ann Prickett ... Azaria
Alison O'Connell Alison O'Connell ... Azaria
Aliza Dason Aliza Dason ... Azaria
Jane Coker Jane Coker ... Kahlia, new born
Rae-Leigh Henson Rae-Leigh Henson ... Kahlia, 18 months
Nicolette Minster ... Kahlia, 4 years
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A family torn apart. A public filled with outrage. A woman accused of murder.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cry in the Dark See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,908,797
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

(June 2008) Ranked #9 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Courtroom Drama". See more »

Goofs

In the end credits, the movie's copyright year is 1988. In Roman numerals, it would be MCMLXXXVIII. Instead, the year is MCMLXXXIII, 1983. See more »

Quotes

Lindy Chamberlain: I saw you this afternoon. Gone up the rock with a baby in a backpack. Carried a six-pack; I thought you were cracked!
Greg Lowe: It's bloody thirsty work climbin'.
Michael Chamberlain: You know Greg, the worst thing for a thirst is alcohol.
Greg Lowe: Aw, you gotta be jokin' mate, the worst thing for a thirst is sand!
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Referenced in Baby Daddy: Test Anxiety (2013) See more »

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Darkly Haunting
21 April 2003 | by NovakMonkey2628See all my reviews

"A Cry in the Dark" is a masterful piece of cinema, haunting, and incredibly though provoking. The true story of Lindy Chamberland, who, in 1980, witnessed a horrific sight, seeing her 3-month-old baby being brutally taken from their family's tent, while camping on the Austrailian outback. Azaria (the baby) was never seen again, and the result of her horrendous disappearance caused a true life frenzy all around the world. Meryl Streep does immaculate justice to the role of Lindy, as she always does. But the one thing that helps "A Cry in the Dark" never fall flat is the brilliant direction. A truly inspired and accurate outlook on this baffeling case, tears are brought to the eyes. The concept is nothing less then terrifying, and afterwards you are left haunted, but also inspired.


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