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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 »

Director:

Mick Jackson

Writers:

Abby Mann, Myra Mann
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Danny Davis
Mercedes Ruehl ... Lael Rubin
Lolita Davidovich ... Kee McFarlane
Sada Thompson ... Virginia McMartin
Henry Thomas ... Ray Buckey
Shirley Knight ... Peggy Buckey
Mark Blum ... Wayne Satz
Alison Elliott ... Peggy Ann Buckey
Chelsea Field ... Christine Johnson
Joe Urla ... Glenn Stevens
Scott Waara ... Dean Gits
Valerie Wildman ... Diana Sullivan
Richard Bradford ... Ira Reiner
Roberta Bassin ... Judy Johnson
Patricia Belcher ... Juror #1
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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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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Indictment: The McMartin Trial See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Mercedes Ruehl; and three Oscar nominees: James Woods, Shirley Knight, and James Cromwell See more »

Goofs

When the lawyer meets with Ray Buckey for the first time in jail, the door is heard slamming shut before the door actually closes. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Buckey: I'm not bittered. I was raised to not be bitter.
[in tears]
Peggy Buckey: We lost everything. We don't have anything. Momma, we don't have anything.
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Connections

Featured in The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

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Crucible
8 August 1999 | by nunculusSee all my reviews

Fat-free account of the legal crucifixion of a pre-school teacher and his mother, caught in the frenzy of an anti-molestation movement. The screenwriter, Abby Mann, sticks to the transcripts, and so the pungent subtext is seen only glancingly: the mania of save-our-children parents, obsessed either by their own guilt or an overidentification with wounded innocents. Gripping from start to finish, the movie also features a rarity: a hyped-up James Woods performance as the defense attorney that is, for once, trim and in keeping with the surroundings.


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