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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Indictment: The McMartin Trial See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Danny Davis: No physical contact.
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Connections

References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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User Reviews

One of the best made-for-TV-movies I have ever seen
30 June 1999 | by ParaGraphSee all my reviews

Believe me, folks, Schindler's List is nothing comparing it to this movie. Although that's a HBO television production, it's excellent. James Woods is marvelous as Danny Davis, Ray Buckey's defense attorney at The McMartin Trial. Other roles are wonderful too. There is no bad performance in this film. Music, cinematography, editing and script are at a very high level too. This film is unique, because that is the only film telling us about The McMartin Preschool Trial, the biggest and the most expensive child-abuse trial in the world's history and a tragedy, which tore apart a McMartin-Buckey family and a nation.


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