|Indictment: The McMartin Trial|
|Written by||Abby Mann|
|Directed by||Mick Jackson|
|Theme music composer||Peter Rodgers Melnick|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production location(s)||Los Angeles|
|Editor(s)||Richard A. Harris|
|Running time||135 minutes|
|Audio format||Dolby SR|
The cast includes James Woods and Mercedes Ruehl, as opposing defense and prosecuting attorneys in the McMartin trial. Henry Thomas, Sada Thompson and Shirley Knight co-star as the defendants in the case, with Lolita Davidovitch as a child-abuse therapist whose findings were crucial to the prosecution's case and Roberta Bassin as the mother who initiated the case.
A defense lawyer defends an average American family from shocking allegations of child abuse and satanic rituals. After seven years and $16 million, the trial ends with the dismissal of all charges. George Freeman is the star witness in the trial. Kee MacFarlane and Wayne Satz are in a romantic relationship.
John J. O'Connor, writing for The New York Times:
This is a portrait of mass hysteria, fueled by panic-stricken parents, overzealous prosecutors, irresponsible talk shows and an out-of-control tabloid press ... Is "Indictment" balanced? Is it fair to the other side? No. As Mr. [Abby] Mann puts it, "What other side?" Watch it and shudder.
Also writing for The New York Times, Seth Mydans said:
The film makes no pretense at objectivity: There are good guys in the McMartin saga, and there are very, very bad guys ...
Nor does the film try to examine difficult issues. It is a drama not so much about the painful process of assessing children's stories of abuse or about the fear and guilt their parents feel but about the destructiveness of a system run amok.
|53rd Golden Globe Awards||Best Miniseries or Television Film||Won|
|Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film||James Woods||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Henry Thomas||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Shirley Knight||Won|
|47th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Made for Television Movie||Won|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special||James Woods||Nominated|
|Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special||Shirley Knight||Won|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Miniseries or a Special||Mick Jackson||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Special||Abby Mann & Myra Mann||Nominated|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement in Casting||Mali Finn||Nominated|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Miniseries or a Special - Single Camera Production||Richard A. Harris||Won|
|Directors Guild of America Award||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials||Mick Jackson||Won|