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      A Cry in the Dark

      PG-13 Released Nov 11, 1988 2h 1m Biography Drama List
      94% Tomatometer 33 Reviews 73% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings While on vacation in the Australian outback, Seventh Day Adventist priest Michael Chamberlain (Sam Neill) and his wife, Lindy (Meryl Streep), discover that their baby, Azaria, is missing from the tent where she was sleeping. Lindy claims she saw a dingo leave the tent with something in its mouth. Initial evidence supports the Chamberlains, but negative media coverage and unfounded rumors create a shift in public opinion as people begin to suspect the couple of murdering their baby. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Peter Rainer Los Angeles Herald Examiner Fred Schepisi’s A Cry in the Dark is an unremitting, almost magisterial vision of a horrific, true-to-life incident. Aug 9, 2022 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Streep's beauty and talent and director Fred Schepisi's intelligence are both shown to best advantage, without easy points or grandstanding. Dec 19, 2011 Full Review Nigel Floyd Empire Magazine The powerful performances and sharp script augment this revealing human drama. Rated: 3/5 Dec 19, 2011 Full Review Dave Giannini InSession Film Once the viewers get past their memories of mockery via television, there is a lot to engage with in A Cry in the Dark. As a relationship drama, the film truly flies. Feb 28, 2024 Full Review Terry Francis Southern Voice (Atlanta) This daring film reveals the underside to a nation's character, and explores how different elements of a society can feed on each other for their own self-serving purposes. May 8, 2023 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Streep and Neill superbly sell this premise – one in which the true basis appears stranger and crazier than fiction. Rated: 7/10 Sep 22, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Joel H I used to think "maybe the dingo ate your baby" was a funny joke, but after watching A Cry in the Dark, I'm not so sure anymore. As a parent, I was horrified by the events that unfolded on the screen, and realizing that they actually happened made it even more impactful. This is a tragic story portrayed on screen by talented actors who give it a sense of realism. I was also infuriated by how the public and the media twisted the story around and made the Chamberlains out to be the bad guys. That being said, the film is a little slow and repetitive, but this story will haunt my mind for a long time. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/27/24 Full Review Audience Member A cry in the dark; is it a cry for help or crying wolf? Set in Australia this stars Sam Neil and Merlyl Streep directed by Fred Schepisi This is based on the true story of Michael and Lindy Chamberlain Their story shook the world; they had a baby girl but one night Lindy claims she was abducted while vacationing in the outback According to her a kangaroo took the infant but the authorities have no definitive proof so now rumors are circulating that Linda orchestrated the whole thing and murdered the child in cold blood She's then taken to trial with the media eating up every ounce of the scandal Way too long of a movie being more of a courtroom drama Yet Streep and Neil are committed in selling the drama Rated 2 out of 5 stars 11/12/23 Full Review sean G Great movie, very touching, nice to see some famous faces too. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/26/23 Full Review Leaburn O A solid enough thriller where Streep is excellent. Based on the famous Aussie dingo case it is well brought to life. Just a little uninteresting in places. Part of the AFI top ten thrillers which is pretty generous. Bought in DVD. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/31/23 Full Review isla s This film features a solid performance by Meryl Streep as the mother of the child. Its good at highlighting the media circus that surrounded (if not all but suffocated) the parents lives, after news of the childs disappearance/death got out. One quote I remembered from it goes as follows:- "'a lie goes around the world while the truth is still putting its boots on'" It is undoubtedly an emotive and thought provoking watch - its also quite engrossing and so I would recommend it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The movie about an infant who disappeared while camping with her family, and per parents she was taken by a dingo. A true story. It's interesting but it's not a documentary; so many parts are left out and changed. Looking at old videos - real interviews- we can see differences. In the actual interview right after the death, the mother cries; whereas in the movie, she keeps a poker face. It gets a bit tedious but overall a nice representation of what happened. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis While on vacation in the Australian outback, Seventh Day Adventist priest Michael Chamberlain (Sam Neill) and his wife, Lindy (Meryl Streep), discover that their baby, Azaria, is missing from the tent where she was sleeping. Lindy claims she saw a dingo leave the tent with something in its mouth. Initial evidence supports the Chamberlains, but negative media coverage and unfounded rumors create a shift in public opinion as people begin to suspect the couple of murdering their baby.
      Director
      Fred Schepisi
      Producer
      Verity Lambert
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Biography, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 11, 1988, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 21, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $5.7M
      Runtime
      2h 1m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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