A Cry in the Dark


2h 1m 1988
A Cry in the Dark

Brief Synopsis

An Australian mother is suspected of murder when wild dogs carry off her baby.

Film Details

Also Known As
Cry in the Dark, Ett skrik i mörkret, Evil Angels, cri dans la nuit
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Documentary
Thriller
Release Date
1988
Production Company
Australian Film Commission (AFC); Colorfilm; Completion Bond Company Inc; Film House Entertainment; Panavision, Ltd.; Rea Francis Company; Simon Olswang
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD); Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Location
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia; Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia; Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia; Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, Australia

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 1m

Synopsis

The true story of a woman put on trial for the murder of her baby, though she maintains that the child was in fact taken by a wild dingo.

Cast

Meryl Streep

Lindy Chamberlain

Sam Neill

Michael Chamberlain

Dale Reeves

Aidan--Age 6

David Hoflin

Aidan--Age 8

Jason Reason

Aidan--Age 11

Michael Wetter

Reagan--Age 4

Kane Barton

Reagan--Age 6

Trent Roberts

Reagan--Age 9

Lauren Shepherd

Azaria (The Infant)

Bethany Ann Prickett

Azaria (The Infant)

Alison O'connell

Azaria (The Infant)

Aliza Dason

Azaria (The Infant)

Jane Coker

Kahlia (Newborn)

Rae-leigh Henson

Kahlia--Age 18 Months

Nicolette Minster

Kahlia--Age 4

Brian James

Cliff Murchison

Dorothy Alison

Avis Murchison

Maurie Fields

Barritt (Courts-Alice Springs)

Peter Hosking

Macknay (Courts-Alice Springs)

Matthew Barker

O'Laughlin (Courts-Alice Springs)

Bruce Kilpatrick

Peter Dean (Courts-Alice Springs)

Charles Tingwell

Bruce Myles

Barker (Courts-Darwin)

Neil Fitzpatrick

Phillips (Courts-Darwin)

Dennis Miller

Sturgess (Courts-Darwin)

Lewis Fitz-gerald

Tipple (Courts-Darwin)

Brendan Higgins

Kirkham (Courts-Darwin)

Ian Swan

Cavanagh (Courts-Darwin)

Robert Wallace

Pauling (Courts-Darwin)

Eve Godly

Juror (Courts-Darwin)

Reg Evans

Juror (Courts-Darwin)

Douglas Hedge

Juror (Courts-Darwin)

James Wright

Juror (Courts-Darwin)

Luciano Catenacci

Juror (Courts-Darwin)

Bill Johnston

Juror (Courts-Darwin)

Robin Dene

Juror (Courts-Darwin)

Geoffrey O'connell

Juror (Courts-Darwin)

Michael Croft

Juror (Courts-Darwin)

George Viskich

Juror (Courts-Darwin)

Merrin Canning

Juror (Courts-Darwin)

Valma Pratt

Juror (Courts-Darwin)

Sandy Gore

Joy Kuhl--Scientist (Courts-Darwin)

Kevin Miles

Professor Cameron--Scientist (Courts-Darwin)

Edgar Metcalfe

Doctor Brown--Scientist (Courts-Darwin)

Gary Files

Professor Chaikin--Scientist (Courts-Darwin)

Peter Aanensen

Sims--Scientist (Courts-Darwin)

Jon Finlayson

Professor Boettcher--Scientist (Courts- Darwin)

David Ravenswood

Professor Nairn--Scientist (Courts- Darwin)

Roderick Williams

Les Harris--Scientist (Courts-Darwin)

Jim Holt

John Eldridge (Media)

John Howard

Cast

Frankie J Holden

Leslie Thompson (Media)

Tim Robertson

Wallace (Media)

Patsy Stephen

Anne Houghton (Media)

Ian Gilmour

John Buckland (Media)

Peter Sardi

Deluca (Media)

Bill Garner

Mark Furnell (Media)

Marion Mckenzie

Monya Chatfield (Media)

Johnny Quinn

Frank Kennedy (Media)

Deborra-lee Furness

Women'S Magazine Reporter (Media)

Chuck Faulkner

Conrad Grey (Media)

Pat Thomson

Sandra Kambouris (Media)

Terrie Waddell

Mary Walsh (Media)

James Higgins

Chandla (Media)

Quentin Maclaine

Stanbury (Media)

Greta Mendoza

Journalist (Media)

Vincent Vaccari

Journalist (Media)

Abbe Holmes

Journalist (Media)

David Wilson

Journalist (Media)

John Heywood

David Hall (Media)

John Allan

Ted Jackson (Media)

Peter Byrne

George Samson (Media)

Maureen Edwards

Kate Woodman (Media)

Justin Gaffney

Colin Mcrae (Media)

Lynne Ruthven

Alice Steel (Media)

Bruce Carter

Newsreader (Media)

Peter Flett

Boshoff (Media)

Lindy Mcconchie

Conrad Grey'S Guest (Media)

Charles Dance

Television Panel Guest (Media)

James Condon

Reginald Scholes (Media)

James K Taylor

Justice Gallagher (Media)

Mike Perso

Newsreader (Media)

Philip Holder

Newsreader (Media)

Nick Tate

Charlwood (Police And Rangers)

Mervyn Drake

Gilroy (Police And Rangers)

Vincent Gil

Roff (Police And Rangers)

Burt Cooper

Gilligan (Police And Rangers)

Mark Little

Constable Morris (Police And Rangers)

Bruce Venables

Metcalf (Police And Rangers)

Lawrence Held

Plumb (Police And Rangers)

Paul Young

Sergeant Cocks (Police And Rangers)

Trevor Kent

Bomb Scare Policeman (Police And Rangers)

Iain Murton

Operation Ochre Policeman (Police And Rangres)

Daryl Pellizzer

Beer Garden Policeman (Police And Rangers)

Bill Mccluskey

Greg Lowe (Ayers Rock)

Debra Lawrance

Sally Lowe (Ayers Rock)

Sunday Rennie

Chantelle Lowe (Ayers Rock)

Warwick Moss

Bill West (Ayers Rock)

Brenda Addie

Judy West (Ayers Rock)

Emma Crapper

Catherine West (Ayers Rock)

Caroline Gillmer

Amy Whittaker (Ayers Rock)

Reg Gorman

Mr Whittaker (Ayers Rock)

Kate Gorman

Rosalie Whittaker (Ayers Rock)

Steve Dodd

Nipper Winmatti (Ayers Rock)

David Bradshaw

Murray Haby (Ayers Rock)

Sally Cooper

Bobby Downs (Ayers Rock)

Jeff Truman

Mr Mccombe (Ayers Rock)

Marilynne Paspaley

Mrs Mccombe (Ayers Rock)

Patricia Thompson

Flo Wilkins (Ayers Rock)

Peter Corbett

Barber (Ayers Rock)

Jan Friedl

Ininti Store Manager (Ayers Rock)

Beverly Gardiner

Soup Lady (Ayers Rock)

Janette Kearns

Soup Lady (Ayers Rock)

Alice Nampitjimpa

Barbara (Ayers Rock)

Yuyuya Nampitjimpa

Daisy (Ayers Rock)

Grahame Litchfield

Truckie (Mt Isa)

Bill Kupfer

Truckie (Mt Isa)

Don Reid

Pastor Kennaway (Mt Isa)

Susan Leith

Jenny Richards (Mt Isa)

Alan Hopgood

President Cox (Avondale)

Bruce Clarkson

Les Smith (Avondale)

Bob Baines

Chief Minister (Darwin)

Ian Mcfadyen

Attorney General (Darwin)

Maggie Millar

Sister (Darwin)

Ruby Hunter

Prisoner Rhoda (Darwin)

Ron Falk

Pastor Olsen (Darwin)

Billie Hammerberg

Mrs Herron (Darwin)

Don Bridges

Farmer--Gossiper

John Bishop

Salesman--Gossiper

Capt. Roy Thompson Jr.

Truckie--Gossiper

George Harlem

Factory Worker--Gossiper

Peter Tabor

Television Producer--Gossiper

David Kirkpatrick

Television Film Editor--Gossiper

Gary Samolin

School Teacher--Gossiper

Mark Mitchell

School Teacher--Gossiper

Glenn Robbins

Young Father--Gossiper

Robert Ratti

Fruiterer--Gossiper

Shane Gooch

Butcher--Gossiper

Peter Mazaris

Florist--Gossiper

Marijke Mann

Dinner Party Guest--Gossiper

Eleanora Varenti

Dinner Party Guest--Gossiper

Peter Tulloch

Dinner Party Guest--Gossiper

Paul Karo

University Lecturer--Gossiper

Julian Branagan

Student--Gossiper

Andrew Maj

Student--Gossiper

Gillian Norwood

Tennis Lady--Gossiper

Max Davidson

Bowler--Gossiper

John Ford

Bowler--Gossiper

Marty Field

Bowler--Gossiper

Timothy Bell

Commuter--Gossiper

John Larking

Barrister--Gossiper

John Hannan

Trendy Gossiper

Beth Child

Trendy Gossiper

Kim Gyngell

Actor--Gossiper

Ray Hare

Actor--Gossiper

Paula Ruzek

Editor--Gossiper

Rick Yakubian

Advertising Executive--Gossiper

Tony Martin

Crew

Richard Allardice

Grip Assistant

Wayne Allen

Construction Manager

Ian Anderson

Production Liaison

Sharon Anderson

Driver

Steve Andrews

1st Assistant Director

Scott Backhouse

Camera Maintenance

Ian Baker

Director Of Photography

Ian Baker

Dp/Cinematographer

Cameron Barnett

Driver

Julie Barton

Costume Supervisor

Michael Batchelor

Unit Manager

Ian Baxter

Carpenter

Peter Beilby

Post-Production Supervisor

Steve Biggs

Video Assistant

Jill Bilcock

Editor

Jim Black

Caterer

Mark Bowen

Driver

Annie Breslin

Sound Editor Assistant

John Bryson

Book As Source Material ("Evil Angels")

Ian Butler

Driver

Arthur Cambridge

Grading

Beth Cameron

Double (Meryl Streep)

Peter Cannard

Driver

Gary Carden

Grip Assistant

Peter Carrodus

Assembly Editor

Tic Carroll

Unit Manager

Craig Carter

Sound Editor Supervisor

Robert Caswell

Screenwriter

John Chase

Transportation Manager

Tim Chau

Sound Editor

Evanne Chesson

Dog Wrangler

Mark Chmiel

Double (Reagan)

Glen Christensen

Carpenter

Sandra Cichello

Costume Assistant (Standby)

Robin Clifton

Location Manager

Miriam Cortes

Negative Cutter

Rosemary Cox

Video Editor

Steve Crockett

Driver

Peter Cullin

Driver

Joan Davis

Costume Maker

Christina De Podolinsky

Assistant Editor

Scott Dennis

Driver

Wendy Dickson

Production Designer

Ifca Dragicevic

Production Runner

Phil Drake

Art Direction Assistant

Dale Duguid

Art Direction

Jim Dunwoodie

Video Operator

Brian Dusting

Props Buyer

Jill Eden

Set Dresser

Brian Edmonds

Art Direction

Tim Eiseman

Carpenter

Ann Ellingworth

Sound Coordinator

Sue Ellis

Researcher

Rachel Evans

Other

Tony Faehse

Production Assistant

Peter Fenton

Dialogue Mixer

Bruce Finlayson

Costume Designer

Chris Fleet

Bestboy

Peter Forbes

Props Buyer

Anne Fowler

Construction Assistant

Serena Gattuso

Other

Will Gibson

Video Assistant

Brian Gilmore

Driver

Yoram Globus

Executive Producer

Menahem Golan

Executive Producer

Camilla Gold

Casting Assistant

Alan Good

Carpenter

Deni Gordon

Caterer

Robin Gray

Other

Geoffrey Hall

Camera Assistant

Geoffrey Hall

Steadicam Operator

Michael Hall

Construction Assistant

James Harvey

Sound Editor Assistant

Phillip Healey

Other

J. Roy Helland

Makeup

J. Roy Helland

Hairstyles (Meryl Streep)

John Herron

Foley Recording

Phil Heywood

Effects Mixer

Phil Heywood

Foley Artist

Jien Hong

Construction Assistant

Carol Hughes

Production Manager

Wendy Huxford

Art Department Coordinator

Chris James

Props (Standby)

Kate James

Assistant Editor

Stephen Jaques

Legal Counsel

Roger Jarritt

Caterer

Sue Jarvis

Production Coordinator

Anne Jolly

Driver

Ian Jones

Steadicam Operator

Ian Jones

Camera Operator

Bret Keeping

Electrician

Madeleine Kelly

Caterer

Michael Kiefer

Double (Aidan)

Maria Kinnes

Double (Meryl Streep)

David Knight

Foley Recording

Juliana Krygger

Stand-In (Meryl Streep)

Verity Lambert

Producer

Tony Leach

Location Manager

Tony Leach

Video Director

John Lee

Electrician

Jamie Legge

Other

Jamie Legge

Assistant Unit Manager

Stephen Liddel

Double (Sam Neill)

George Liddle

Production Designer

Grahame Litchfield

Key Grip

Gus Lobb

Other

Leigh Mackenzie

Other

Murray Maloney

Driver

Frank Mangano

Driver

Jakki Mann

Assistant (To Fred Schepisi)

Steve Marriner

Video Technician

Norm Martin

Double (Sam Neill)

Alex Matagi

Other

Hilary May

Assistant (To Verity Lambert)

Peter Mcbain

Sound Editor Assistant

Heather Mcdermott

Assistant Editor

Michael Mcintyre

Transportation Manager Assistant

Maggie Mckay

Other

Michael Mercurio

Props Assistant (Standby)

John Meredith

3rd Assistant Director

Loz Meyers

Painter Assistant

Mick Morris

Gaffer

Mark Muggeridge

Driver

Barry Muir

Carpenter

Brendan Mullens

Other

Stephen Murphy

Other

Iain Murton

Stand-In (Sam Neill)

Gavin Myers

Sound Editor Assistant

Peter Neely

Caterer

Glenn Newnham

Sound Editor

Christina Norman

Researcher

Martin Oswin

Music Mixer

Richard Overy

Carpenter

Marian Page

Publicist

Philip A Patterson

2nd Assistant Director

Toby Pease

2nd Assistant Director

Dean Perry

Driver

Tony Piliotis

Other

John Pryce-jones

Art Direction Assistant

Peter Quinn

Video Assistant

Mark Ramsey

Grip

Linda Ray

Continuity

Robert Richardson

Driver

Ian Richter

Scenic Artist

Alison Robb

Driver

Ken Robb

Driver

Arch Roberts

Safety Officer

Celine Robitaille

Account Assistant

Terry Rodman

Sound Editor Supervisor

John Rouch

Cutting Room Assistant

Michael Rumpf

Props Buyer

Livia Ruzic

Sound Editor

June Savage

Other

Phillip Schemnitz

Other

Ashley Schepisi

Set Dresser Assistant

Fred Schepisi

Screenwriter

Jahine Schepisi

3rd Assistant Director

Rhonda Schepisi

Casting

Emma Schofield

Assistant Unit Manager

Mark Schultz

Construction Assistant

Sharon Shostak

Sound Editor Assistant

Bruce Smeaton

Music

Chris Smith

Caterer

Adam Smiyielski

Other

Brian Sollars

Camera Operator (Video)

George Sotiropoulos

Carpenter

Cathy South

Art Department Assistant

Noriko Spencer

Makeup

Roy Stevens

Line Producer

Jo Stewart

Other

Alex Stitt

Title Design

Ray Taylor

Other

Patricia Thompson

Art Department Liaison

Stephen Thompson

Camera Operator (Video)

Jeff Thorp

Art Department Runner

Peter Tulloch

Drama Coach (Children)

Melanie Turner

Production Assistant

Anne Tweedale

Account Assistant

Roger Van Wensveen

Video Assistant

Jenny Verdon

Accountant

Alan Wade

Carpenter

Jane Walker

Other

Mark Wasiutak

Boom Operator

Peter White

Other

Gary Wilkins

Sound Recording Mixer

Michael Wilkins

Cutting Room Assistant

Cheryl Williams

Hairstyles

Strachan Wilson

Driver

Viv Wilson

Set Dresser

Gary Woodyard

Sound Editor

Rony Yakov

Executive In Charge Of Production (Cannon)

Clive Young

Driver

Vivian Zink

Stills

Film Details

Also Known As
Cry in the Dark, Ett skrik i mörkret, Evil Angels, cri dans la nuit
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Documentary
Thriller
Release Date
1988
Production Company
Australian Film Commission (AFC); Colorfilm; Completion Bond Company Inc; Film House Entertainment; Panavision, Ltd.; Rea Francis Company; Simon Olswang
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD); Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Location
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia; Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia; Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia; Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, Australia

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 1m

Award Nominations

Best Actress

1988
Meryl Streep

Articles

A Cry in the Dark


By the late 1980s, Meryl Streep was one of the world's most acclaimed actresses, and had won numerous awards, including two Oscars -- as best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and as Best Actress for Sophie's Choice (1982). She earned her eighth Academy Award nomination for A Cry in the Dark (1988), a role which again demonstrated her uncanny talent for accents.

The film is based on a true story that mesmerized and polarized Australia. In 1980, Michael Chamberlain, a Seventh-Day Adventist minister, his wife Lindy are on a camping vacation near Ayers Rock in the Australian outback with their two sons and infant daughter. One evening, the family is having dinner around the campfire with other families, as baby Azaria lies sleeping nearby in a tent. They hear a cry, and when Lindy goes to check on her daughter, she sees a dingo -- a wild dog -- exiting the tent, and finds her baby missing. Some of the child's bloodstained garments are found nearby, and an inquest rules that the dingo snatched and probably killed the baby. But public opinion begins to turn against the couple, and within two years, Lindy Chamberlain is tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. A few years later, new evidence clearing the couple comes to light and Lindy is set free, but the family's lives have been irrevocably damaged.

A Cry in the Dark was based on John Bryson's book, Evil Angels (the film was released under that title in Australia and New Zealand) and directed by Fred Schepisi, who had earned worldwide acclaim for his 1978 film about an Aboriginal man, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith. Schepisi has had a successful international career, but some of his best works are firmly rooted in Australian subjects and interests. Both the book and the film focus on how the suspicion surrounding the Chamberlains escalated due to bigotry and ignorance about their "otherness": both Chamberlains were New Zealand-born, their religion was perceived by some as a "cult," and Lindy's brusque demeanor and stubborn refusal to break down in public meant she was at least guilty, or at worst, a "witch." Throughout the film, ordinary Australians form a Greek chorus of sensation-seekers, commenting on the proceedings in workplaces, restaurants, living rooms, and outside the courtroom.

Streep worked hard on her characterization, getting the accent right (New Zealand overlaid with Australian) and refusing to soften Lindy Chamberlain's tough facade, which Streep plays as defensive of her family's privacy and determined to see justice done. As New Yorker critic Pauline Kael wrote: "Here was Lindy on TV...stoic, matter-of-fact, and bluntly impatient at the endless dumb questions. Streep has seen that Lindy's hardness saves a part of her from the quizzing and prying of journalists and lawyers -- that she needs her impersonal manner to keep herself intact....You come out moved -- even shaken -- yet not quite certain what you've been watching."

Other reviews for < B>A Cry in the Dark also praised Streep's performance. As Vincent Canby wrote in the New York Times, "Unlike most screen actresses, Miss Streep works on two levels at once. There is, on the surface, the character she is creating within the context of the script. Underneath that, there is the sometimes breathtaking pleasure of watching an actress exercise her talent as she reaches for, and achieves, the high notes." Sam Neill's performance as Michael Chamberlain also drew rave reviews. "His fall from [a] plastic-wrapped pride, his awful disintegration and self-doubt later is played wrackingly by Neill, who captures every small shift and nuance with intelligence," according to Los Angeles Times critic Sheila Benson, who called the film "a sort of epic mosaic of the national character."

Over the years, Lindy's horrified cry in the film, "the dingo's got my baby!" has become a much-ridiculed meme. It began with an episode of Seinfeld, in which a character misquotes the phrase as "dingo ate my baby," and it even became an Australian euphemism for abortion. But the horrifying experience was no joke to the Chamberlains, whose ordeal was at least partly to blame for their 1991 divorce. However, they remained united in their efforts to legally determine what happened to their infant daughter. It took until 2012 for another inquest to declare once and for all that baby Azaria was killed by a dingo, and the death certificate was amended to show that cause of death.

Meanwhile, Meryl Streep continues adding new and acclaimed portraits to her gallery of fascinating women. She won her third Oscar for playing Margaret Thatcher in 2011's The Iron Lady. As of 2015, she holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor, having been nominated 19 times, 15 as Best Actress and four as Best Supporting Actress.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Producer: Menahem Golan, Yoran Globus, Verity Lambert
Screenplay: Robert Caswell, Fred Schepisi, based on the book Evil Angels by John Bryson
Cinematography: Ian Baker
Editor: Jill Bilcock
Costume Design: Bruce Finlayson
Production Design: Wendy Dickson, George Liddle
Music: Bruce Smeaton
Principal Cast: Meryl Streep (Lindy Chamberlain), Sam Neill (Michael Chamberlain), Bruce Myles (Ian Barker, Q.C.), Neil Fitzpatrick (John Phillips, Q.C.), Charles "Bud" Tingwell (Justice James Muirhead), Maurie Fields (Justice Denis Barritt), Nick Tate (Detective Graeme Charlwood), Lewis Fitz-Gerald (Stuart Tipple)
121 minutes

by Margarita Landazuri
A Cry In The Dark

A Cry in the Dark

By the late 1980s, Meryl Streep was one of the world's most acclaimed actresses, and had won numerous awards, including two Oscars -- as best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and as Best Actress for Sophie's Choice (1982). She earned her eighth Academy Award nomination for A Cry in the Dark (1988), a role which again demonstrated her uncanny talent for accents. The film is based on a true story that mesmerized and polarized Australia. In 1980, Michael Chamberlain, a Seventh-Day Adventist minister, his wife Lindy are on a camping vacation near Ayers Rock in the Australian outback with their two sons and infant daughter. One evening, the family is having dinner around the campfire with other families, as baby Azaria lies sleeping nearby in a tent. They hear a cry, and when Lindy goes to check on her daughter, she sees a dingo -- a wild dog -- exiting the tent, and finds her baby missing. Some of the child's bloodstained garments are found nearby, and an inquest rules that the dingo snatched and probably killed the baby. But public opinion begins to turn against the couple, and within two years, Lindy Chamberlain is tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. A few years later, new evidence clearing the couple comes to light and Lindy is set free, but the family's lives have been irrevocably damaged. A Cry in the Dark was based on John Bryson's book, Evil Angels (the film was released under that title in Australia and New Zealand) and directed by Fred Schepisi, who had earned worldwide acclaim for his 1978 film about an Aboriginal man, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith. Schepisi has had a successful international career, but some of his best works are firmly rooted in Australian subjects and interests. Both the book and the film focus on how the suspicion surrounding the Chamberlains escalated due to bigotry and ignorance about their "otherness": both Chamberlains were New Zealand-born, their religion was perceived by some as a "cult," and Lindy's brusque demeanor and stubborn refusal to break down in public meant she was at least guilty, or at worst, a "witch." Throughout the film, ordinary Australians form a Greek chorus of sensation-seekers, commenting on the proceedings in workplaces, restaurants, living rooms, and outside the courtroom. Streep worked hard on her characterization, getting the accent right (New Zealand overlaid with Australian) and refusing to soften Lindy Chamberlain's tough facade, which Streep plays as defensive of her family's privacy and determined to see justice done. As New Yorker critic Pauline Kael wrote: "Here was Lindy on TV...stoic, matter-of-fact, and bluntly impatient at the endless dumb questions. Streep has seen that Lindy's hardness saves a part of her from the quizzing and prying of journalists and lawyers -- that she needs her impersonal manner to keep herself intact....You come out moved -- even shaken -- yet not quite certain what you've been watching." Other reviews for < B>A Cry in the Dark also praised Streep's performance. As Vincent Canby wrote in the New York Times, "Unlike most screen actresses, Miss Streep works on two levels at once. There is, on the surface, the character she is creating within the context of the script. Underneath that, there is the sometimes breathtaking pleasure of watching an actress exercise her talent as she reaches for, and achieves, the high notes." Sam Neill's performance as Michael Chamberlain also drew rave reviews. "His fall from [a] plastic-wrapped pride, his awful disintegration and self-doubt later is played wrackingly by Neill, who captures every small shift and nuance with intelligence," according to Los Angeles Times critic Sheila Benson, who called the film "a sort of epic mosaic of the national character." Over the years, Lindy's horrified cry in the film, "the dingo's got my baby!" has become a much-ridiculed meme. It began with an episode of Seinfeld, in which a character misquotes the phrase as "dingo ate my baby," and it even became an Australian euphemism for abortion. But the horrifying experience was no joke to the Chamberlains, whose ordeal was at least partly to blame for their 1991 divorce. However, they remained united in their efforts to legally determine what happened to their infant daughter. It took until 2012 for another inquest to declare once and for all that baby Azaria was killed by a dingo, and the death certificate was amended to show that cause of death. Meanwhile, Meryl Streep continues adding new and acclaimed portraits to her gallery of fascinating women. She won her third Oscar for playing Margaret Thatcher in 2011's The Iron Lady. As of 2015, she holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor, having been nominated 19 times, 15 as Best Actress and four as Best Supporting Actress. Director: Fred Schepisi Producer: Menahem Golan, Yoran Globus, Verity Lambert Screenplay: Robert Caswell, Fred Schepisi, based on the book Evil Angels by John Bryson Cinematography: Ian Baker Editor: Jill Bilcock Costume Design: Bruce Finlayson Production Design: Wendy Dickson, George Liddle Music: Bruce Smeaton Principal Cast: Meryl Streep (Lindy Chamberlain), Sam Neill (Michael Chamberlain), Bruce Myles (Ian Barker, Q.C.), Neil Fitzpatrick (John Phillips, Q.C.), Charles "Bud" Tingwell (Justice James Muirhead), Maurie Fields (Justice Denis Barritt), Nick Tate (Detective Graeme Charlwood), Lewis Fitz-Gerald (Stuart Tipple) 121 minutes by Margarita Landazuri

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Winner of the 1989 AFI Award for Best Picture.

Released in United States Fall November 11, 1988

Released in United States on Video June 7, 1989

Released in United States January 1990

Shown at International Film Festival of India in Calcutta January 10-20, 1990.

Began shooting October 17, 1987.

Completed shooting January 1988.

Released in United States on Video June 7, 1989

Released in United States January 1990 (Shown at International Film Festival of India in Calcutta January 10-20, 1990.)

Released in United States Fall November 11, 1988