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A Cry in the Dark Details


A barely recognizable [[Performer~P68676~Meryl Streep~merylstreep]] 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 ([[Performer~P52123~Sam Neill~samneill]]), 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 11, 1988


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Caswell Best Screenplay 1988 Nominee
Australian Film Institute Awards Meryl Streep Best Actress 1988 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Meryl Streep Best Actress 1988 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Meryl Streep Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Meryl Streep Best Actress 1988 Nominee
Cannes Film Festival Meryl Streep Best Actress 1989 Winner
Australian Film Institute Awards Sam Neill Best Actor 1988 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fred Schepisi Best Director 1988 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fred Schepisi Best Screenplay 1988 Nominee


Meryl Streep
as Lindy Chamberlain
Lewis Fitz-Gerald
as Tipple
Sam Neill
as Michael Chamberlain
Bruce Myles
as Barker
Nick Tate
as Charlewood
Charles "Bud" Tingwell
as Justice Muirhead
Neil Fitzpatrick
as Phillips
Maurie Fields
as Barrett
Brion James
as Cliff Murchison
Matthew Barker
as O'Loughlin
Bill McCluskey
as Greg Lowe
Dennis Miller
as Sturgess
Burt Cooper
as Golligan
Mervyn Drake
as Gilroy
Ian Gilmour
as John Buckland
Jim Holt
as John Eldridge
Peter Hosking
as Macknay
John Howard
as Lyle Morris
Vince Gil
as Roff
Frankie J. Holden
as Leslie Thompsomn
Kevin Miles
as Professor Cameron
Sandy Gore
as Joy Kuhl
Tim Robertson
as Wallace


Fred Schepisi
Menahem Golan
Yoram Globus
Verity Lambert
Fred Schepisi
Robert Caswell
Ian Baker
Bruce Smeaton
Composer (Music Score)
Jill Bilcock
Wendy Dickson
Production Designer
George Liddle
Production Designer
Dale Duguid
Art Director
Brian Edmonds
Art Director
Menahem Golan
Executive Producer
Yoram Globus
Executive Producer
Bruce Finlayson
Costume Designer
Gary Wilkins
Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Andrews
First Assistant Director
Roy Stevens
Line Producer
Noriko Spencer