A Cry in the Dark is a movie plenty of people quote, but have never seen. I knew almost nothing about this movie before I settled in to watch it. But after I watched it on Netflix Instant Watch, I was then all over Google looking up info. (I was pulled in!)

a cry in the darkI mentioned a quote, didn’t I? The quote is often wrongly attributed as being, “A dingo ate my baby!” The correct quote is supposed to be, “A dingo took my baby!” The cultural references for this phrase go from Senfield to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Either way, dingos are getting a bad rap here! (I googled to see if it is correct to type “bad rap” or “bad wrap.”)

Meryl Streep stars in this movie, which is how I found it. I was looking for Meryl Streep movies that were streaming on Netflix. (This also led me to watching Before and After – a made for TV movie I will not be recommending.)

A Cry in the Dark is a chilling, rather disturbing movies at times. The acting is phenomenal, and the fact that this is based on a true story is pretty horrifying. It’s dramatic and suspenseful. Plus, it’s something most would consider a cult classic and therefore a must-watch.

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A Cry in the Dark Summary from Netflix: In this wrenching drama based on a true story, Meryl Streep plays Lindy Chamberlain, an Australian woman who finds herself under suspicion of murder after her infant daughter is carried off by a dingo during a family camping trip. Lindy insists that the animal killed her baby, but police note inconsistencies in her story and charge her with the crime. Meanwhile, the media proceeds to hound the distraught family at every turn. Sam Neill co-stars. (1988)

Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Bruce Myles, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Reg Evans, John Howard, Frankie J. Holden, Tim Robertson, David Wilson, Peter Byrne, Bruce Carter, Charles Dance, James Condon, James Taylor, Philip Holder, Nick Tate, Paul Young, Don Bridges, Tony Martin