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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Danny Davis
... Lael Rubin
... Kee McFarlane
... Virginia McMartin
... Ray Buckey
... Peggy Buckey
... Wayne Satz
... Peggy Ann Buckey
... Christine Johnson
... Glenn Stevens
Scott Waara ... Dean Gits
... Diana Sullivan
... Ira Reiner
... Judy Johnson
... 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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Rated R for graphic language and disturbing visuals related to a trial | See all certifications »
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The real-life Peggy McMartin Buckey, imprisoned for two years while awaiting the outcome of the most protracted U.S. criminal molestation case targeting her family's preschool, died December 15, 2000. She, her mother Virginia McMartin and her son Ray Buckey were charged, with four others, with 100 counts of child molestation in 1983. The case lasted seven years and cost Los Angeles County $13 million. Peggy was acquitted in 1990 after a three-year trial; Ray, incarcerated for five years, was acquitted of 40 counts. Critics said the case pinpointed the danger of basing criminal charges solely on the testimony of young children. See more »

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In last sequence, walkway on Manhattan Beach pier is alternately wet and dry from shot to shot. See more »

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Danny Davis: No physical contact.
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One of the best made-for-TV-movies I have ever seen
30 June 1999 | by See 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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