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The Accused (1988)

R | | Drama | 14 October 1988 (USA)
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After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernie Coulson ...
Ken Joyce
Sally Fraser
D.A. Paul Rudolph
Attorney Paulsen
Terry David Mulligan ...
Lieutenant Duncan
Woody Brown ...
Attorney Wainwright
Kim Kondrashoff ...
Stephen E. Miller ...
Tom Heaton ...
Bartender Jesse


Sarah Tobias goes to her local bar and is gang-raped by three men. The district attorney on the case is Katheryn Murphy who wants to prove that although Sarah had taken drugs that night and was acting provocatively while in the bar, this is no reason for her to be so brutally attacked and the men responsible should be brought to justice. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Being a victim was her only crime. See more »




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Release Date:

14 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reckless Endangerment  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$32,069,318 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Brad Pitt auditioned for the role of Ken Joyce. See more »


When Sarah, after the rape, goes back to The Mill, her red car is first shown dry and shiny and without a rear license plate. A few seconds later, in a close-up shot, we see the same car is wet from rain drops and with the license plate 'SXY SADI' on the back. See more »


Sarah Tobias: You don't understand how I feel! I'm standing there with my pants down and my crotch hung out for the world to see and three guys are sticking it to me, a bunch of other guys are yelling and clapping and you're standing there telling me that that's the best you can do. Well, if that's the best you could do, then your best sucks! Now, I don't know what you got for selling me out, but I sure as shit hope it was worth it!
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References Deliverance (1972) See more »


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Amazing Performances Raise Rough Film.
6 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the roughest films ever produced that is pure misery to sit through due to its realism and Jodie Foster's striking Oscar-winning performance. Foster stars as a sexual victim who tries to get prison sentences imposed upon the men who cheered on her gang rape at a sleazy roadhouse. Foster is far from being an angel herself and every little thing in her past seems to come back and haunt her. A great supporting turn from Kelly McGillis (who plays Foster's lawyer) just adds to Foster's show-stopping role. Not a film I love, but a good film that displays the seemingly ungodly cinematic talents of Jodie Foster. 4 stars out of 5.

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