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A Cry in the Dark (1988)

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Release Date
Nov 11, 1988 (USA)
DVD Release Date
 R1: Dec 21, 1999
 R2: 23 Jun 2003

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Running Time
2 hours, 0 minutes

Country Australia, USA

Studio Cannon Group, Cinema Verity, Golan-Globus Productions

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Other Titles
• A Cry in the Dark
• Evil Angels
• Schrei in der Dunkelheit, Ein (1989)
• Who Killed Baby Azaria

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Genre: Drama, Suspense, True Story, Courtroom, Law, Animals, Religion, Society, Disturbing, Police, Marriage

Tagline: A family torn apart. A public filled with outrage. A woman accused of murder.

Plot: Meryl Streep and Sam Neill star in this documentary style film adaptation of the true story of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, an Australian couple who lived the nightmare of losing their infant daughter during a family camping trip. When Lindy (Streep) spies a dingo nearby, authorities launch a frantic search, but all they find is a torn, bloodied garment. The press, distressed by the mother's seeming "lack of emotion," and suspicious of her strict Seventh Day Adventist religious beliefs, begin to accuse her of murdering the baby. The sentiment against her begins to grow, and soon the whole continent is talking about the case in a malicious witch hunt. Despite the lack of evidence, Lindy Chamberlain is imprisoned; although investigators eventually reexamine her story, the damage is done: the innocent mother's relationship with her husband has been irreparably destroyed and she has spent over three years in prison for a crime she did not commit. This painful portrayal of the power of public opinion and political and emotional persecution is captured with steely intensity by Streep, she is captivating as the much-maligned victim of social injustice who is bolstered by her strong religious faith and stoic demeanor.

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 Directed by
Fred Schepisi
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 Written by
John Bryson
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Robert Caswell
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Meryl Streep
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Sam Neill
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David Hoflin
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 Music By
Bruce Smeaton
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