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Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995)





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Originally broadcast on HBO, Indictment: The McMartin Trial is a docudrama concerning the infamous McMartin child abuse case. In 1984, seven employees of Los Angeles' prestigious McMartin Preschool, including four members of the McMartin family, were arrested and charged with child abuse and sexual molestation. The film centers on the story of lawyer Danny Davis, an opportunistic attorney who agrees to defend the McMartins. Initially, Davis takes the case solely for the publicity, but as he investigates further, he becomes convinced of his clients' innocence. Meanwhile, however, the family is pronounced guilty by the media, which airs heated allegations of "Satanic rituals" and a "nationwide conspiracy of sexual predators," in an increasing frenzy that the film compares to a modern-day witch trial. To convince the jury of the falsehood of these charges, however, he must overcome opposition from zealous prosecutor Lael Rubin and discredit Kee McFarlane, the child therapist that Davis believes has unfairly manipulated the McMartin Preschool children into giving damaging testimony. At the time of its airing, the film met with controversy; while some found its case convincing, others alleged that the filmmakers were unfairly biased in favor of the McMartin family.

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James Woods
as Dan Davis
Mercedes Ruehl
as Lael Rubin
Henry Thomas
as Ray Buckey
Shirley Knight
as Peggy McMartin Buckey
Sada Thompson
as Virginia McMartin
Lolita Davidovich
as Kee MacFarlane
Joe Urla
as Glenn Stevens
Alison Elliott
as Peggy Ann Buckey
Chelsea Field
as Christine Johnson
Scott Waara
as Dean Gits
Mark Blum
as Wayne Satz
Valerie Wildman
as Diana Sullivan
Richard Bradford
as Ira Reiner
Roberta Bassin
as Judy Johnson
Patricia Belcher
as Juror No. 1
Kathryn Brock
as Sybil Brand Deputy
Betsy Brockhurst
as Angry Parent
Dennis Burkley
as George Freeman
Richelle Churchill
as Rubin's Secretary
Bob Clendenin
as Soundman
Sally Crawford
as Betty Raidor
James Cromwell
as Judge Pounders
Gregg L. Daniel
as T.V. Reporter
Betty Donner
as Mary Ann Jackson
Ramsey Ellis
as Jonathan
Sean Emslie
as Bailiff
Jack English
as Chuck Buckey
Miriam Flynn
as Judge Bobb
Mark Folger
as Bald Guard
Cherie Franklin
as Deputy Nell
Taylor Gilbert
as Reporter No. 1
Michael Haney
as Reporter No. 14
Seth Isler
as Male Parent
Austin Kottke
as Kid No. 4
Annie La Russa
as Reporter No. 11
Greg Lauren
as Reporter No. 7
Richard B. Lemberger
as Concession Vendor
Josefina Lopez
as Female Inmate
Kevin Malaro
as Kid No. 3
Mary Mara
as Detective Jane Hoag
Sandy Martin
as Deputy Phyllis
Courtland Mead
as Malcolm Johnson
Adam Meadows
as Kid No. 8
William Mesnik
as Dr. Merrick
Rolando Molina
as Court Clerk
Michael Monks
as Juror No. 3
Jessica Needham
as Kid No. 1
Tom Nolan
as Courthouse Deputy
Joycelyn O'Brien
as Babette Spitler
Sarah O'Nan
as Kid No. 6
Vic Polizos
as Jack Andrews
Richard Portnow
as Judge George
Jack Rader
as Sergeant Noble
Heather Ramsay
as Kid No. 9
Kerry Remsen
as Female Parent
June Saruwatari
as Reporter No. 9
Eileen Seeley
as Pamela Bozanith
Arthur Senzy
as Reverend Parker
Tony Simotes
as Reporter No. 13
J.W. Smith
as Male Inmate
Charlie Stavola
as Juror No. 2
Shane Sweet
as Kid No. 2
Kevin Symons
as Reporter No. 12
A.C. Weary
as Reporter No. 8
David Whalen
as Reporter No. 5
Bernard White
as Reporter No. 10
Kenneth White
as Chief Kuhlmeyer
Sanders Witkow
as Kid No. 7
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Very well done, and sickening........Amazing that I remember this news media frenzy story back when they were arrested. It was everywhere. What wasn't everywhere was how it all turned out. Where was the news media frenzy then? Not interesting enough by then? On to the next sensational story? Injustice like this just seems so surreal to me, but it seems to happen over and over. "Justice for all"? "Innocent until proven guilty"? Empty phrases, apparently...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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