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A Cry In The Dark 1988

4.4 out of 5 stars (23) IMDb 6.9/10

The true story of Lindy Chamberlain (played by Meryl Streep) whose baby Azaria disappeared on a family camping holiday in the Australian outback in 1980. She insisted the child was snatched from their tent by a dingo but was convicted of murder and imprisoned. On appeal, the decision was reversed and the conviction quashed. A body has never been found.

Starring:
Meryl Streep, Sam Neill
Runtime:
2 hours, 1 minute

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Genres Drama
Director Fred Schepisi
Starring Meryl Streep, Sam Neill
Supporting actors Dale Reeves, David Hoflin, Jason Reason, Michael Wetter, Kane Barton, Trent Roberts, Lauren Shepherd, Bethany Ann Prickett, Alison O'Connell, Aliza Dason, Jane Coker, Rae-Leigh Henson, Nicolette Minster, Brian James, Dorothy Alison, Maurie Fields, Peter Hosking, Matthew Barker
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Gather three Australians and turn the conversation from footy to the Lindy Chamberlain case. One of you is almost certain to survive the encounter. Although the survivor will almost certainly be only you. Still arousing the highest passions among Australians, the death of baby Azaria Chamberlain and the subsequent jailing of her mother for murder remains the most noted legal and social episode there. Even this film and new evidence has failed to clear the Chamberlain's name, indicative of the bizarre circumstances surrounding Azaria's death. "The dingo took my baby" remains a derisive expression in the Australian lexicon.
Spellbinding isn't a trite phrase in describing this film, even if you already know the story. Schepisi keeps the focus tight on the Chamberlains and their dilemma. A few departures showing Australian public reaction to the case are vivid and pointed. You are in no doubt as to the feelings engendered. Azaria's loss and the media's role in helping condemn the Chamberlains aren't wasted moments. The motivation behind the police desire to make this a murder instead of a dingo attack is strong. The reason for their intensity isn't clear, but it never was since their treatment of the case was incredibly poor. The inept handling of evidence by the Northern Territory police is only mildly presented during the courtroom scenes.
As Lindy, Meryl Streep's abilities soared to new heights in this film, as so many here have noted. Her talent for assuming the role, even that of a living person, is nearly matchless. Her dominant role in the film is only natural, since the case and the notoriety focused on her almost exclusively. Sam Neill, as husband Michael, appears almost distracted and confused.
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This case realy intrested me in the 80,s i couldnt work out how come the northern terriotry police could be so stupid.
I always felt her innocence she was a beloved planned baby why would thay take her away to a public campsite and kill her
it just doesnt make sense.
What i would realy like to know is was there anyone at Ayres rock that night that arrived without a baby and left with Azaria
it might sound unlikely but i find it hard to believe a dingo could eat Azaria and leave no trace at all.!
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this is one of my Favourite true story films, it must have been a mothers worst nightmare her baby girl going missing in the Australian outback, later during the investigation she is later charged with a baby's murder who wont say any more but i would definitely recommend this great film, Meryl Streep should have got an oscar for her brilliant acting in this film
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i remember this film when it first came out,but never watched it.i bought and found it well acted and well filmed.if you like true story films you should love this
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Read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it and thought I would buy this is film and compare as sometimes the film is nothing like the book but in this case it was exactly as it was written, a few important things was left out but I suppose they can't put everything into a 2 hour film, recommend
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I watched this film when I was younger and really enjoyed it, bought it and re watched it, and thought it was just as good as when I originally saw it. Definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys fact based films
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A fact based film on the Chamberlines and their story, quite an emotinal story but a well researched film. Would buy if you found their plight interesting.
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Another master piece by Meryl Streep. One of the best actress to come out of Holywood.Never fails to deliver.Brilliant Film
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