A Cry in the Dark (1988)

(Released in Australia as "Evil Angels")

Directed by Fred Schepisi based on the novel
Evil Angels by John Bryson

120 Minutes (PG-13)


Meryl Streep
Lindy Chamberlain
Sam Neill
Michael Chamberlain
Dale Reeves
Aiden, age 6
David Hoflin
Aiden, age 8
Jason Reason
Aiden, age 11
Michael Wetter
Reagan, age 4
Kane Barton
Reagan, age 6
Trent Roberts
Reagan, age 9
Maurie Fields
Coroner Denis Barritt
Bruce Myles
Queen's Counsel Ian Barker
Stuart Tipple
Brendan Higgins
Andrew Kirkham
Nick Tate
Detective Graeme Charlwood
Mervyn Drake
Inspector Michael Gilroy
Vincent Gil
Derek Roff
Bill McCluskey
Greg Lowe
Debra Lawrance
Sally Lowe
Bruce Clarkson
Les Smith
Charles "Bud" Tingwell
Justice James Muirhead
Sandy Gore
Joy Kuhl
Kevin Miles
Professor James Cameron
Gary Files
Professor Malcolm Chaikin

Roger Ebert
*** (out of 4 stars)
"A Cry in the Dark" takes time to marshall the case against Lindy, and the time to destroy it...Fred Schepisi, who directed and co-wrote the film, has used Australian public opinion as sort of Greek chorus in the background.  He cuts away to tennis games, saloons, filling stations and dinner parties, where the Australian public tries Lindy and finds her guilty...

In the lead role, Streep is given a thankless assignment to show us a woman who deliberately refused to allow insights into herself.  She succeeds, and so, of course, there are times when we feel frustrated because we do not know what Lindy is thinking or feeling.  We begin to dislike the character, and then we know how the Australian public felt.  Streep's performance is risky, and masterful.

Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Fred Schepisi's "Cry in the Dark" is based on the sort of true stroy beloved by supermarket tabloids that feature headlines about mothers who boil their babies for breakfast....

"A Cry in the Dark" has much of the manner of a television docudrama, ultimately being a  rather comforting celebration of personal triumph over travails so dread and so particular that they have no truly disturbing, larger application.

Yet "A Cry in the Dark" is better than that, mostly because of another stunning performance by Meryl Streep, who plays Lindy Chamberlain with the kind of virtuosity that seems to redefine the possibilities of screen acting....

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