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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth is still stranger than fiction
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...
Published on 15 Mar 2006 by Stephen A. Haines

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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth is still stranger than fiction, 15 Mar 2006
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Stephen A. Haines (Ottawa, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Cry In The Dark [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
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. The scene in which she accuses him of virtually abandoning her to the law's persecuting assault on them is particularly vivid. Both knew the injustice they were suffering, but Lindy/Meryl was the one who lashed out in retaliation. In Australia, the concept of the "tall poppy," especially assertive women, being "cut down to size" is a cultural icon. Lindy Chamberlain became a "tall poppy" in the courtroom and the inevitable result transpired. [stephen a. haines - Ottawa, Canada]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meryl Streep, fabulous lady., 12 Feb 2013
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It's Meryl, she's marvellous, the film is not a happy story but Meryl does a good job at getting the point across.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM, 12 Aug 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dingo baby DVD, 27 April 2012
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars old film, 11 Jan 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars must see, 3 Sep 2013
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great film the only problem is the picture did not fit on my tv screen properly half of it was missing
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Cry In The Dark, 10 Feb 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 7 Dec 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 6 Nov 2011
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A dingo ate my baby, 14 Jun 2012
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Films based on true stories make good stories! But she actually said the dingoe "ate" her baby not "took" her.
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