A Cry in the Dark

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"A family torn apart. A public filled with outrage. A woman accused of murder."
  • PG-13
  • 1988
  • 2 hr 1 min
  • 6.9  (11,185)

A Cry in the Dark, released in 1988, is a true story of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, a couple from Australia, who were accused of murdering their baby daughter. The movie is directed by Fred Schepisi and stars Meryl Streep as Lindy Chamberlain and Sam Neill as Michael Chamberlain. The Chamberlains went on a camping trip to the Ayers Rock, a popular tourist destination in Australia, with their three children, including a 9-week-old baby daughter, Azaria. One night, while they were sleeping in their tent, Lindy heard a rustling sound and saw what she believed was a dingo, a wild dog, near the tent. When she checked on her baby, she saw that Azaria was missing, and her clothes were torn.

A search party was mounted to find Azaria, but she was not found. Several weeks later, Azaria's clothing was discovered in a dingo den near the Chamberlains' campsite. The authorities suspected that the Chamberlains had killed their daughter and that the story of a dingo taking her away was a cover-up.

The movie follows the events that led to the Chamberlains' trial and conviction. The media frenzy created by the case turned the Chamberlains' lives upside down, and they were subjected to a lot of criticism and hostility from the public. The prosecution argued that the Chamberlains had killed their daughter and that the dingo story was a hoax. The defense, on the other hand, argued that there was no evidence to prove that the Chamberlains had killed their daughter and that the dingo story was plausible.

The performances of the lead actors, Meryl Streep and Sam Neill, are outstanding. Streep, in particular, captures the anguish and pain of a mother who has lost her child and is being accused of a crime she did not commit. Neill, as Michael Chamberlain, portrays a man who is equally devastated by the loss of his daughter and the allegations against him.

The movie is a poignant commentary on the role of the media and the justice system in cases that involve high-profile crimes. It raises questions about the assumptions that people make about others based on their appearance or social status. It also highlights the importance of forensic evidence in criminal cases and the dangers of relying solely on circumstantial evidence.

A Cry in the Dark is a powerful and thought-provoking movie that explores the nuances of human behavior and the complexities of the justice system. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the courage of those who stand up to injustice.

A Cry in the Dark is a 1988 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 1 minute. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9.

A Cry in the Dark
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    6.9  (11,185)