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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 Chamberlain
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>

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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia | USA

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)

Gross USA:

$6,908,797
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lindy Chamberlain refers to a case in which expert testimony wrongly sent three boys to prison. She's referring to the 1972 murder of Maxwell Confait in southeast London. Confait, 26, was strangled, and the building in which he lived was burned down. Eighteen-year-old Colin Lattimore, 15-year-old Ronnie Leighton, and 14-year-old Ahmet Salih were arrested and charged with murder and arson. All three had alibis, but three prominent forensic pathologists testified to the time of death. One, Dr. Cameron, changed his mind on the stand, and said Confait could have died at a time when the boys were not covered by their alibis. The boys were convicted and sentenced to prison. Two years later, the convictions were overturned. It turned out that Confait had been dead for more than 48 hours before the fire, and the forensic pathologists were wrong about the fire speeding up the on-set of rigor mortis. In 1980, Douglas Franklin was found to be the true murderer. 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

Michael Chamberlain: I don't think a lot of people realise how important innocence is to innocent people.
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A Very Emotional Story
10 May 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is an extremely-powerful based-on-a-true story film that can be infuriating to watch. I say that because how brutal a hounding press can be to people, in this case an innocent Australian couple charged with killing their baby.

Meryl Streep received a lot of recognition for her performance when this film came out but I thought Sam Neill was just as good. Let's just say they both were excellent but the role was little harder for Streep because she had to learn an Australian accent. (She learned it so well I had trouble understanding her in parts.)

Without giving anything away, all I can say is this movie will wear you out emotionally.


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