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A Cry in the Dark

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Released 1988

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Director:
Fred Schepisi
Released:
1988
Rating:
PG-13
A Cry in the Dark is the 1988 drama that fictionalizes a notorious Australian murder case and gave Seinfeld fodder for one of its best references, based on the novel by John Bryson. Azaria Chamberlain, a nine week old Australian baby, disappears whilst on a camping trip with her family. Her parents report that the child was taken from her tent by a wild dingo. No body is found. The parents are arrested, suspected of murder. A highly publicized court-case follows. Azaria's mother, Lindy Chamberlain (Meryl Streep), is tried for murder. The media and public, finding the woman surprisingly cold, somehow get it into their collective heads that the parents are guilty because of this. As the media's focus on the trial is highly sensational, what follow is a public lynching of sorts, Lindy convicted of murder on the 29th of October, 1982, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Azaria's father, Michael Chamberlain (Sam Neil), is then convicted as an accessory and given a suspended sentence.moreless

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