Indictment: The McMartin Trial

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Indictment: The McMartin Trial
Distributed by mediacs AG
Directed by Mick Jackson
Produced by Diana Pokorny
Written by Abby Mann
Myra Mann
Starring Lolita Davidovich
Shirley Knight
Mercedes Ruehl
Henry Thomas
Sada Thompson
James Woods
Nicollette Sheridan
Roberta Bassin
Music by Peter Rodgers Melnick
Cinematography Rodrigo García
Editing by Richard A. Harris
Country United States
Language English
Release date
  • 1995 (1995)
Running time 135 minutes

Indictment: The McMartin Trial is a film made for television that originally aired on HBO on May 20, 1995. Indictment is based on the true story of the McMartin preschool trial.


A defense lawyer (played by James Woods) 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.


John J. O'Connor, writing for The New York Times:

Also writing for The New York Times, Seth Mydans said:


The film is cited as a watershed in the shift of ideas about satanic ritual abuse in the United States, recasting Ray Buckey as a victim of a hysterical conspiracy rather than a child abuser.[3]


  1. ^ O'Connor, John J. (1995-05-19). "The Horrors Behind The McMartin Trial". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  2. ^ Mydans, Seth (1995-05-14). "A Child-Abuse Case, in the Eyes of the Accused". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  3. ^ Baringer, S (2004). The metanarrative of suspicion in late twentieth century America. Routledge. p. 71. ISBN 0-415-97076-8. 

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