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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

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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

In last sequence, walkway on Manhattan Beach pier is alternately wet and dry from shot to shot. 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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Features ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (1953) See more »

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Really good
1 May 2000 | by Op_PrimeSee all my reviews

Indictment really catches the mind and makes you think. How one day, everything is normal and fine, but then it is instantly turned upside down. Of course for the McMartin family, there world is turned upside down in the most horrifying way: they, who ran a child-care facility, are accused of child molestation. With exception of Danny Davis (brilliantly played by James Woods) and the defense, the McMartin family is friendless and the issue of wheter they did it or not is lost on the public. They make the assumption they did it and treat them like dirt. It's like a modern Salem witch hunt. People like to be optimistic and think something like this will never happen in the US and people accused of a crime will never be treated this way, but this movie really proves the notion of 'Innocent until proven guilty' can be lost on people when the crime is big enough. See this movie.


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