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Evil Angels (1988)

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.

Director:

Fred Schepisi

Writers:

John Bryson (novel), Robert Caswell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Lindy
Sam Neill ... Michael Chamberlain
Dale Reeves Dale Reeves ... Aidan, 6 years
David Hoflin ... Aidan, 8 years
Jason Reason Jason Reason ... Aidan, 11 years
Michael Wetter Michael Wetter ... Reagan, 4 years
Kane Barton Kane Barton ... Reagan, 6 years
Trent Roberts Trent Roberts ... Reagan, 9 years
Lauren Shepherd Lauren Shepherd ... Azaria
Bethany Ann Prickett Bethany Ann Prickett ... Azaria
Alison O'Connell Alison O'Connell ... Azaria
Aliza Dason Aliza Dason ... Azaria
Jane Coker Jane Coker ... Kahlia, new born
Rae-Leigh Henson Rae-Leigh Henson ... Kahlia, 18 months
Nicolette Minster ... Kahlia, 4 years
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Storyline

Based on the true story of Lindy Chamberlain. During a camping trip to Ayers Rock in outback Australia, she claimed that she witnessed a dingo stealing her baby daughter, Azaria, from the family tent. Azaria's body was never found. Police noted some apparent inconsistencies in her story, and she was charged with murder. The case attracted a lot of attention, turning an investigation into a media circus, with the public divided in their opinions. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A family torn apart. A public filled with outrage. A woman accused of murder. See more »

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1988 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cry in the Dark See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,908,797
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"The dingo ate my baby!" is never actually said in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the end credits, the movie's copyright year is 1988. In Roman numerals, it would be MCMLXXXVIII. Instead, the year is MCMLXXXIII, 1983. See more »

Quotes

Lindy Chamberlain: I'm told, "Don't talk like you normally talk. Watch how you hold your mouth. You look too sour and crabby. Don't get angry. Don't ask too many questions, or they think you're trying to be smart. And never, never, never laugh or you're an uncaring bitch." Well, I can't cry to order, and I won't be squashed into some dumb act for the public... or for you.
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Good movie overall, but the acting is outstanding.
13 February 2003 | by breezyweaselSee all my reviews

Meryl Streep was incredible in this film. She has an amazing knack for accents, and she shows incredible skill in this film overall. I really felt for her when Lindy was being persecuted. She was played realistically, too. She got cranky, upset, and unpleasant as the media and the government continued their unrelenting witchhunt. I didn't expect much from the film initially, but I really got interested in it, and the movie is based on a real person and real events. It turned out to be better than I had anticipated. Sam Neill was also outstanding; this is the best work I've seen from him, and I've really liked him in other movies (The Piano, for example). I gave the film a 7, but if I could rate just the acting, I'd give the it a 9.5, and a perfect 10 for Streep.


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