A Cry in the Dark (1988)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Courtroom Drama, Docudrama  |   Release Date - Nov 11, 1988 (USA)  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - Australia, USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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A barely recognizable Meryl Streep plays the real-life Lindy Chamberlain, who for a long period in the early '80s was the most hated woman in Australia. While visiting the Ayers rock monument in the Outback with her husband, Michael (Sam Neill), Lindy notices a dingo creeping into the tent where her baby lies sleeping. Seconds later, the horrified woman discovers that her child is gone. Despite Lindy's anguished insistence that the dingo killed her baby, the Australian public is of the opinion that Lindy herself is the murderer. This lynch-mob atmosphere is fueled by the press, which insists upon crucifying the Chamberlains in print on a daily basis.

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dingo, attack, false-accusation, animal, child, courtroom, dog, grief, killing, media-circus, Outback, religion, tent, trial [courtroom], wilderness