A Cry in the Dark

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Fred Schepisi
Production: Warner Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 11 nominations.
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120 min

Our pastor Michael and his wife

Lindy stand before you today

with their two boys, Aidan and Reagan,

with their new little daughter

and baby sister

Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain,

who you have lent us, Lord, and we're

here to dedicate her life back to you.

We would ask the family

and friends and congregation

to stand and promise to set a proper

example for this child as she grows up.

All clear to the church, mate.

Jesus! Have a look

at those f***ing Adventists!

Talk about up yourself.

Money, mate.

More than you can poke a f***in' stick at!

I think this'll fit you in about

two months' time. Yes, it will.

- Hello?

- In here, Jenny.

- I've finished it.

- Oh, it's pretty.

- Thank you.

- Thought I'd help you pack.

Oh. Well, I'm pretty much ready.

Black? Oh, yuck!

- That was my baby dress.

- Was it, darling?

Yes. I like black.

You may not believe

that your body is a temple of God.

But tonight we face not a belief, but a fact.

The fact is that your body

is the only body that you will ever own.

I want you to throw away your cigarettes,

your pipes, your tobacco, your cigars,

before they throw you away.

Hi, honey.

- How are you?

- I got everything done.

I recorded six weeks of programmes,

saw everyone I had to see.

I finished my counselling. Just.

Did you post my study leave application?

- Yes, I did.

- Good.

I think it's time

we started our holidays, don't you?

This is where we are, here.

Where do Gran and Grandad live?

They live down here.

This is where we lived

last year, near Cairns.

Right up in the north is where you

catch the biggest barramundi in the world,

which is where Daddy wanted to go on

holiday, but your mother had other plans.

What's a barramundi?

A fish dinner for 12.

Not the ones your father catches!

Now, now! And this is where

we're going, down here.

Devils Marbles, the Olgas and Ayers Rock.

- The biggest rock in the world.

- Wow!

Come on, boys.

Come on!

Tell me what's in that cave up there.

Be careful.

Ooh! Look at that!

Yeah, a dingo.

Kids, come and have a look.

Michael, look.

So he climbed up on his camel.

- Hello!

- Hello!

We all went riding round the ring,

and my camel went...

And his camel went...

You wouldn't get me up there.

- Have you been up?

- Are you mad?! Look at that bloke!

- He's keen! Do you reckon he'll make it?

- Not if he drinks that six-pack.

Oh, look at this idiot!

Talk about stupid!

What a nut!

That's my husband.

He wouldn't be doing that

unless it was safe.

Over here, bubby. That's beautiful.

Smile, darling. Smile for Daddy.

That's it. Good girl. Good girl!

Just wind it on, darling.

- I'll race you to the top.

- Smile for Mummy.

Come on, darling.

Michael, the boys.


Get that little body in there.

Bit better. That's it.

Oh, you like your bath!

Can you see Daddy?

Where is he, sweetheart?

Hello, sweetie. Where's your Daddy?

- Are you right there, darling?

- Well, don't wanna miss the sunset.

You might wanna see

if the boys are in their pyjamas.

You might even try to get them in the car.




Honk! Honk!

Is it an automatic camera?

No. Well, it's semiautomatic...

I'll get it in a second.

- A teacher. You gotta be a teacher!

- Oh, come on!

Look, I'll give you three more guesses.

If you don't get it by then,

maybe I'll tell you tomorrow.

A bank clerk! I'll be buggered

if you're not a bank clerk.

Reagan went right out.

I can't get bubby to settle, though.

I don't know your names,

but this is my wife Lindy.

- Hi. Is he playing games with you?

- And I'm Michael.

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Robert Caswell

Robert Caswell (13 July 1946 – 29 October 2006) was an Australian screenwriter of films and television. In the 1970s and early 1980s he was one of the leading writers in Australian television. After the success of Evil Angels, for which he received an Oscar nomination, he moved to Hollywood and became a leading "script doctor". more…

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