A Cry in the Dark (1988)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama


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A mother whose child was killed in a dingo attack in the Australian Outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder.


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  • Sam Neill and Meryl Streep in A Cry in the Dark (1988)
  • Sam Neill and Meryl Streep in A Cry in the Dark (1988)
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4 March 2002 | JerryWeaver
8
| Good film
This is a true story of an Australian couple wha are charged with murder when their infant child disappears. Meryl Streep is excellent, as always, and manages to hold our interest even though she plays a character who isn't particularly likable.

The media frenzy that surrounded this case in Australia is reminiscent of the Sam Sheppard murder case in Ohio during the 50's. These real-life situations demonstrate that the media in fact can affect how a criminal case is handled. I well remember the Cleveland Plain Dealer running a huge headline stating "Why Isn't Sam Sheppard in Jail?". The prosecutor eventually succumbed to this relentless pressure, and Sheppard was tried and convicted. Only after years in jail was he exonerated.

I love movies which tell a true story, do it in an interesting way, and make an important point in the process. This is one of those movies. Other good movies which tell the story of innocent persons charged with crimes include "Hurricane", "The Thin Blue Line", and "Breaker Morant". In particular, the latter is another Australian film which is highly recommended.

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