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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

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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Trivia

James Woods and Henry Thomas appeared in Curse of the Starving Class (1994). 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

Features NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970) See more »

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A study of human nature.
13 December 2000 | by Knox_KingSee all my reviews

This movie reveals the nature of man so well. It is a portrait of us human beings under pressure, psychologically, socially, economically and egoistically. It is mindboggling in this movie to see how we demand scapegoats, even in the name of justice. There's one line in the movie that sums the problem up, 'People doesn't listen to God. People listen to TV.' The power of media is being displayed like never before and we get an insight in how the justicesystem is influenced by this. The movie deals with one of the most difficult subjects there is to the modern day american, childrape, and in the light of this we get to follow how blinded we become in the search of someone to release our fears, angers and frustrations on. The McMartin Trial should be mandatory in psychology and socialpsychology classes. It is brilliant, tremendously touching and after the film is over you might have some serious pondering ahead of you. This is not entertainment, this is real life!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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