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A Cry in the Dark (1988)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lindy
... Michael
Dale Reeves ... Aidan, 6 years
... Aidan, 8 years
Jason Reason ... Aidan, 11 years
Michael Wetter ... Reagan, 4 years
Kane Barton ... Reagan, 6 years
Trent Roberts ... Reagan, 9 years
Lauren Shepherd ... Azaria
Bethany Ann Prickett ... Azaria
Alison O'Connell ... Azaria
Aliza Dason ... Azaria
Jane Coker ... Kahlia, new born
Rae-Leigh Henson ... Kahlia, 18 months
... 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 family torn apart. A public filled with outrage. A woman accused of murder.

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11 November 1988 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,908,797
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In June 2012, Northern Territory coroner Elizabeth Morris officially declared that Azaria Chamberlain was killed by a dingo. "The cause of her death was as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo", she announced to Darwin Magistrates court. "Dingos can, and do, cause harm to humans." 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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Referenced in ALF: Baby, Come Back (1989) See more »

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A great trial film, stunning photography, and the one of the best Sam Neill films yet.
28 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

An unqualified "10." The level of writing and acting in this Australian movie is reminiscent of the very best of "old" Hollywood. Sam Neill and Meryl Streep are very good together. Neill matches Streep line for line, and take for take -- it is one of the best showcases yet of his prodigious acting talent and he is at his sexy and gorgeous best, notwithstanding the intensity of his role. This engrossing film is a treat for any movie fan who loves a gripping courtroom drama, portrayed in the most human but unsentimental terms. The movie -- which won several top awards in Australia -- boasts not only a superlative cast and director, but wonderful and authentic Australian locales. It proves that people are the same the world over. And, after all these years, people still delight in repeating the famous Streep line, accent and all: "A dingo ate moy baby!" Including that imp "Elaine Benis" on "Seinfeld."


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