Cry in the Dark

Directed By: Fred Schepisi Starring: Meryl Streep

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A family torn apart. A public filled with outrage. A woman accused of murder.


Studio Warner
SKU 40121293
UPC 085391186823
UPC 14 00085391186823
Format DVD
Release Date 2/3/2004
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note Meryl Streep and Sam Neill star in this documentary style film adaptation of the true story of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, an Australian couple who lived the nightmare of losing their infant daughter during a family camping trip. When Lindy (Streep) spies a dingo nearby, authorities launch a frantic search, but all they find is a torn, bloodied garment. The press, distressed by the mother's seeming "lack of emotion," and suspicious of her strict Seventh Day Adventist religious beliefs, begin to accuse her of murdering the baby. The sentiment against her begins to grow, and soon the whole continent is talking about the case in a malicious witch hunt. Despite the lack of evidence, Lindy Chamberlain is imprisoned; although investigators eventually reexamine her story, the damage is done: the innocent mother's relationship with her husband has been irreparably destroyed and she has spent over three years in prison for a crime she did not commit. This painful portrayal of the power of public opinion and political and emotional persecution is captured with steely intensity by Streep, she is captivating as the much-maligned victim of social injustice who is bolstered by her strong religious faith and stoic demeanor.
New York Times "...Another stunning performance by Meryl Streep....She reaches for, and achieves, the high notes..." 11/11/1988 p.C6
Los Angeles Times "...Streep and Neill are the film's perfectly matched thoroughbreds....It is a sort of epic mosaic of national character....Schepisi builds his mosaic with Australian faces and voices crisscrossing every social class and occupatio..." 11/11/1988 p.C1
USA Today "...A mystery bursting with muckraking subtext..." 01/14/2000 p.5E
Fred Schepisi
Meryl Streep
Cast & Crew
Meryl Streep - Star
Sam Neill - Star
Bruce Myles - Star
Nick Tate - Star
Charles Tingwell - Star
Lewis Fitz-Gerald - Star
Ian Baker - Director of Photography
Fred Schepisi - Screenwriter
Menahem Golan - Executive Producer
Verity Lambert - Producer
Bruce Smeaton - Composer
Jill Bilcock - Editor
George Liddle - Production Designer
Yoram Globus - Executive Producer
Fred Schepisi - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1988
Catalog ID 11868
UPC 00085391186823
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 121 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English
Name Meryl Streep
Award Category Best Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1989
Award Giver Cannes
DVD, Widescreen, Dual Layer, Trailers, French, Subtitled, Interactive

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