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A Cry in the Dark (1988)

Evil Angels (original title)
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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 (based on "Evil Angels" by), Robert Caswell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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 true story of conscience, conviction, and courage. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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: Look, Mr. Barker. I wasn't there. I can only go on the evidence of my own eyes. We're talking about my baby daughter... not some object!
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Referenced in Supernatural: Mystery Spot (2008) See more »

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Another example of Meryl Streep's enormous talent.
17 December 2001 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

Meryl Streep is such a genius. Well, at least as an actress. I know she's been made fun of for doing a lot of roles with accents, but she nails the accent every time. Her performance as Lindy Chamberlain was inspiring. Mrs. Chamberlain, as portrayed here, was not particularly likable, nor all that smart. But that just makes Streep's work all the more remarkable. I think she is worth all 10 or so of her Oscar nominations. About the film, well, there were a couple of interesting things. I don't know much about Australia, but the theme of religious bigotry among the general public played a big part in the story. I had largely missed this when I first saw the film some years ago, but it came through loud and clear yesterday. And it seems the Australian press is just as accomplished at misery-inducing pursuit and overkill as their American colleagues. A pretty good film. A bit different. Grade: B


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil Angels See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,561,793, 13 November 1988

Gross USA:

$6,908,797

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,908,797
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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