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The Accused (1988)

 -  Crime | 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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Bernie Coulson ...
Ken Joyce
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Sally Fraser
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D.A. Paul Rudolph
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Bob Joiner
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Larry
Peter Van Norden ...
Attorney Paulsen
Terry David Mulligan ...
Lieutenant Duncan
Woody Brown ...
Danny
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Attorney Wainwright
Kim Kondrashoff ...
Kurt
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Polito
Tom Heaton ...
Bartender Jesse
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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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14 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reckless Endangerment  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$32,069,318 (USA)
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Kathleen Turner was considered for the role of Kathryn. See more »

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When man is playing the pin-ball machine in the bar his score reads 196,100, but a few seconds later, after a reaction shot of Kathryn, the score is only 14,050. See more »

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Kathryn Murphy: Listen again..."A person is guilty of criminal solicitation if he commands, induces, entreats or otherwise persuades another person to commit a felony-"
D.A. Paul Rudolph: You can read it to me until you're blue in the face, I am not gonna let you prosecute a bunch of spectators -
Kathryn Murphy: [cutting him off] They're not spectators. They solicited the rape.
D.A. Paul Rudolph: Do you really want to ask a jury to lock up a bunch of people for clapping and cheering?
Kathryn Murphy: Clapping? Cheering? Pushing? Goading? Getting the rape going and keeping it going...
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Accused-Contemporary Subject For Our Times ****
29 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jodie Foster hits a home run in her Oscar-winning performance in this outstanding film.

Foster epitomizes the low class girl,coming from a broken home and rapidly going nowhere at all in her totally dysfunctional life.

When she is brutally gang raped at a bar, the onus is put on her. Her miserable life, her dress, her drinking, her use of drugs shall all be used against her in a trial.

She is angered when her attorney settles for a lower plea, but is up to the task when the former realized her mistake and will now prosecute those who provoked the brutal attack by their screaming and encouraging the participants.

The rape scene is self is brutally staged but unfortunately that what was needed here.

This hard-hitting drama reflects a tragic social issue of our times.


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